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Geologist Average Salary in United States 2019

How much money does a Geologist make in United States?

10,313 USD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Geologist in United States typically earns around 10,313 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

25% of people earn
8,333 USD
or less
50% of people earn
11,875 USD
or less
75% of people earn
12,292 USD
or less
5,000 USD
11,875 USD
12,500 USD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Geologist salaries in United States range between 5,000 USD per month (minimum salary) to 12,500 USD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 11,875 USD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Geologist are earning less than 11,875 USD while the other half are earning more than 11,875 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 8,333 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 8,333 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Geologist are earning less than 12,292 USD while 25% are earning more than 12,292 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    =  
5,675 USD
2 - 5 Years    +24%  
7,025 USD
5 - 10 Years    +10%  
7,700 USD
10 - 15 Years    +18%  
9,050 USD
15 - 20 Years    +15%  
10,400 USD
20+ Years    +6%  
11,075 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 5,675 USD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,025 USD per month, 24% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 7,700 USD per month, 10% 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 9,050 USD per month, 18% 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 10,400 USD per month, 15% 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 11,075 USD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Geologist Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
6,575 USD
Bachelor's Degree    +36%  
8,938 USD
Master's Degree    +13%  
10,063 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 6,575 USD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 8,938 USD per month, 36% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 10,063 USD per month, 13% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Geologist Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
9,642 USD
Male    +16%  
11,138 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.

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
9,127 USD
Public Sector    +28%  
11,653 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.

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.

Average Salary 2016    =  
9,661 USD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
9,932 USD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
10,091 USD
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
10,313 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 2% 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

53 USD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States for Geologist is 53 USD. This means that the average Geologist in United States earns approximatly 53 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.

Salary Comparison of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Jobs in United States

10,313 USD
9,100 USD
6,149 USD
Average Salary
Average Salary
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining
Average Salary
All Jobs
We compared United States salaries for Geologist, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining, and All Jobs and we found that Geologist salaries are 13% more than those of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. We also found out that Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 48% more than those of All Jobs.

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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Houston10,313 USD
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