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Geologist Average Salary in United States 2019

How much money does a Geologist make in United States?

8,820 USD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Geologist in United States typically earns around 8,820 USD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Geologist salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Geologist Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution monthly United States Geologist

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Geologist salaries in United States range between 4,145 USD per month (minimum salary) to 13,054 USD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 8,644 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Geologist are earning less than 8,644 USD while the other half are earning more than 8,644 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Geologist are earning less than 5,755 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 5,755 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Geologist are earning less than 10,415 USD while 25% are earning more than 10,415 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Geologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
4,769 USD
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
6,550 USD
5 - 10 Years    +12%  
7,352 USD
10 - 15 Years    +22%  
8,956 USD
15 - 20 Years    +18%  
10,559 USD
20+ Years    +16%  
12,208 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Geologist salaries by experience level. A Geologist with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 4,769 USD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,550 USD per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 7,352 USD per month, 12% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Geologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 8,956 USD per month, 22% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 10,559 USD per month, 18% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 12,208 USD per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly United States Geologist

Geologist Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
6,016 USD
Bachelor's Degree    +47%  
8,822 USD
Master's Degree    +15%  
10,159 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Geologist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Geologist is 6,016 USD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 8,822 USD per month, 47% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 10,159 USD per month, 15% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Salary comparison by education level monthly United States Geologist

Geologist Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
8,247 USD
Male    +16%  
9,526 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Geologist employees in United States earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly United States Geologist

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
7,806 USD
Public Sector    +28%  
9,967 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Geologist employees in United States earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly United States Geologist

Geologist Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

How are Geologist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly United States Geologist
Average Salary 2016    =  
8,120 USD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
8,420 USD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
8,580 USD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
8,820 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Geologist salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Geologist Average Hourly Wage in United States

51 USD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States for Geologist is 51 USD. This means that the average Geologist in United States earns approximatly 51 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Geologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Geologist and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly United StatesWe compared United States salaries for Geologist, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining, and All Jobs and we found that Geologist salaries are 41% more than those of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. We also found out that Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Yard Manager6,166 USD-30%
Associate Analyst6,634 USD-25%
Associate Landman4,560 USD-48%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator3,651 USD-59%
Biomass Plant Technician3,887 USD-56%
Biomass Power Plant Manager6,703 USD-24%
Chemical Plant Operator7,968 USD-10%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer6,812 USD-23%
Completions Engineer5,728 USD-35%
Cost Controller5,418 USD-39%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative6,728 USD-24%
Dispatcher3,608 USD-59%
Distribution Manager7,949 USD-10%
Dragline Operator3,979 USD-55%
Driller Offsider3,450 USD-61%
Dump Truck Driver3,540 USD-60%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager9,488 USD+8%
Energy Advisor8,409 USD-5%
Energy Analyst8,069 USD-9%
Energy Auditor7,797 USD-12%
Energy Dispatch Director8,194 USD-7%
Energy Technical Assistant5,401 USD-39%
Energy Technical Manager7,380 USD-16%
Energy Technical Trainer5,520 USD-37%
Exploration Manager9,516 USD+8%
Field Safety Auditor7,118 USD-19%
Fluids Engineer5,941 USD-33%
Fuel Cell Engineer6,370 USD-28%
Fuel Cell Technician4,541 USD-49%
Fuels Handler4,344 USD-51%
Gas Compressor Operator3,605 USD-59%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator5,144 USD-42%
Gas Supply Manager7,767 USD-12%
Geologist8,820 USD=
Geophysicist9,472 USD+7%
Geothermal Production Manager9,200 USD+4%
Geothermal Technician5,192 USD-41%
HSE Engineer6,099 USD-31%
HSE Officer4,836 USD-45%
HSEQ Administrator5,753 USD-35%
Inspector6,008 USD-32%
Instructor6,400 USD-27%
Instrument Designer5,255 USD-40%
Lead Technical Field Advisor7,901 USD-10%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator6,389 USD-28%
Maintenance Engineer6,494 USD-26%
Maintenance Superintendent6,396 USD-27%
Material Controller5,177 USD-41%
Mine Engineer5,970 USD-32%
Mine Surveyor6,669 USD-24%
Mining Project Administrator5,877 USD-33%
Mining Project Assistant5,461 USD-38%
Mining Project Controls Consultant5,956 USD-32%
Mining Project Coordinator6,077 USD-31%
Mining Project Engineer6,171 USD-30%
Mining Project Manager8,068 USD-9%
Mining Site Manager7,031 USD-20%
Mining Team Leader6,188 USD-30%
NDT Technician5,319 USD-40%
Oil Service Unit Operator4,645 USD-47%
Oil Trader8,147 USD-8%
Oilwell Pumper3,547 USD-60%
Petroleum Engineer 6,758 USD-23%
Petroleum Geologist9,267 USD+5%
Petroleum Pump System Operator4,930 USD-44%
Pipeline Technician4,565 USD-48%
Power Coordinator5,050 USD-43%
Power Plant Operations Manager10,250 USD+16%
Power Plant Operator7,147 USD-19%
Radio Operator4,229 USD-52%
Reliability Engineer6,006 USD-32%
Reservoir Engineer5,792 USD-34%
Risk Analyst7,793 USD-12%
Roughneck5,969 USD-32%
Scaffolder4,880 USD-45%
Shutdown Engineer5,612 USD-36%
Solar Energy Installation Manager8,110 USD-8%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer6,409 USD-27%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer5,812 USD-34%
Solar Thermal Technician5,416 USD-39%
Supply Operations Manager9,788 USD+11%
Sustainability Specialist8,540 USD-3%
System Development Advisor7,301 USD-17%
Tanker Truck Driver4,124 USD-53%
Utility Operator4,746 USD-46%
Wind Energy Project Manager6,683 USD-24%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta8,123 USD
Austin9,504 USD
Baltimore9,085 USD
Boston9,641 USD
Bristol7,509 USD
Chicago10,089 USD
Cincinnati7,972 USD
Cleveland7,690 USD
Dallas9,979 USD
Denver9,828 USD
Detroit9,547 USD
Honolulu7,439 USD
Houston10,004 USD
Indianapolis9,149 USD
Iowa City7,159 USD
Jacksonville9,320 USD
Kansas City8,899 USD
Kent7,470 USD
Las Vegas8,999 USD
Long Beach8,375 USD
Los Angeles10,389 USD
Memphis9,272 USD
Miami8,537 USD
Minneapolis8,518 USD
New Orleans8,019 USD
New York10,800 USD
Oakland7,949 USD
Oklahoma City8,910 USD
Orlando7,880 USD
Philadelphia10,247 USD
Phoenix10,544 USD
Sacramento8,905 USD
San Antonio10,465 USD
San Diego10,577 USD
San Francisco9,526 USD
San Jose10,090 USD
Seattle9,254 USD
Tampa7,841 USD
Vancouver7,409 USD
Washington D.C.9,173 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama9,641 USD
Alaska8,181 USD
Arizona9,437 USD
Arkansas8,465 USD
California10,373 USD
Colorado9,088 USD
Connecticut8,554 USD
Delaware8,528 USD
District of Columbia8,100 USD
Florida9,778 USD
Georgia10,296 USD
Hawaii8,545 USD
Idaho8,291 USD
Illinois9,491 USD
Indiana9,731 USD
Iowa8,732 USD
Kansas8,467 USD
Kentucky9,363 USD
Louisiana9,090 USD
Maine8,119 USD
Maryland9,828 USD
Massachusetts9,545 USD
Michigan9,614 USD
Minnesota8,807 USD
Mississippi8,905 USD
Missouri9,266 USD
Montana7,949 USD
Nebraska8,807 USD
Nevada8,730 USD
New Hampshire8,119 USD
New Jersey10,109 USD
New Mexico8,726 USD
New York9,878 USD
North Carolina9,320 USD
North Dakota8,170 USD
Ohio9,801 USD
Oklahoma8,640 USD
Oregon9,270 USD
Pennsylvania9,990 USD
Rhode Island7,944 USD
South Carolina9,547 USD
South Dakota8,272 USD
Tennessee9,349 USD
Texas9,662 USD
Utah8,813 USD
Vermont7,930 USD
Virginia9,331 USD
Washington9,919 USD
West Virginia8,550 USD
Wisconsin9,079 USD
Wyoming8,237 USD
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