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Geologist Average Salary in Ghana 2022

How much money does a Geologist make in Ghana?

Average Monthly Salary
7,960 GHS
( 95,500 GHS yearly)


A person working as a Geologist in Ghana typically earns around 7,960 GHS per month. Salaries range from 4,140 GHS (lowest) to 12,200 GHS (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Geologist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Geologist Salary Distribution in Ghana

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Geologist salaries in Ghana range from 4,140 GHS per month (minimum salary) to 12,200 GHS per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,640 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Geologist(s) are earning less than 7,640 GHS while the other half are earning more than 7,640 GHS. 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Geologist(s) are earning less than 5,300 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 5,300 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of Geologist(s) are earning less than 9,510 GHS while 25% are earning more than 9,510 GHS.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Geologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Ghana Geologist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Geologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Geologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,700 GHS per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,310 GHS per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 8,200 GHS per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Geologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 9,930 GHS per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 10,900 GHS per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 11,400 GHS per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Geologist average salary change by experience in Ghana

0 - 2 Years
4,700 GHS
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,310 GHS
5 - 10 Years+30%
8,200 GHS
10 - 15 Years+21%
9,930 GHS
15 - 20 Years+9%
10,900 GHS
20+ Years+5%
11,400 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Geologist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Geologist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Geologist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Geologist is 6,070 GHS per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,520 GHS per month, 24% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 12,000 GHS per month, 60% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Geologist average salary difference by education level in Ghana

Bachelor's Degree
6,070 GHS
Master's Degree+24%
7,520 GHS
12,000 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ghana costs anywhere from 25,300 Cedi(s) to 76,000 Cedi(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Geologist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Ghana Geologist
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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 Ghana earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

8,340 GHS
7,690 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Geologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

How much are annual salary increments in Ghana for Geologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Geologist(s) in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ghana / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ghana is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ghana for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Geologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ghana

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ghana Geologist
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A Geologist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

49% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Geologist Average Hourly Wage in Ghana

46 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 46 GHS. This means that the average Geologist in Ghana earns approximately 46 GHS for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Geologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Geologist and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Ghana
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The average salary for Geologist is 74% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assistant Yard Manager4,250 GHS-47%
Associate Analyst4,680 GHS-41%
Associate Landman1,960 GHS-75%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator1,910 GHS-76%
Biomass Plant Technician2,120 GHS-73%
Biomass Power Plant Manager6,590 GHS-17%
Chemical Plant Operator3,720 GHS-53%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer4,840 GHS-39%
Completions Engineer4,290 GHS-46%
Cost Controller3,270 GHS-59%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative4,940 GHS-38%
Dispatcher1,820 GHS-77%
Distribution Manager6,100 GHS-23%
Dragline Operator2,020 GHS-75%
Driller Offsider1,580 GHS-80%
Dump Truck Driver1,820 GHS-77%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager10,000 GHS+26%
Energy Advisor6,820 GHS-14%
Energy Analyst6,070 GHS-24%
Energy Auditor5,810 GHS-27%
Energy Dispatch Director7,420 GHS-7%
Energy Technical Assistant2,710 GHS-66%
Energy Technical Manager5,400 GHS-32%
Energy Technical Trainer4,040 GHS-49%
Exploration Manager8,160 GHS+3%
Field Safety Auditor5,220 GHS-34%
Fluids Engineer4,250 GHS-47%
Fuel Cell Engineer4,700 GHS-41%
Fuel Cell Technician2,200 GHS-72%
Fuels Handler2,140 GHS-73%
Gas Compressor Operator1,900 GHS-76%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator3,820 GHS-52%
Gas Supply Manager6,850 GHS-14%
Geologist7,960 GHS+0%
Geophysicist8,530 GHS+7%
Geothermal Production Manager7,900 GHS-1%
Geothermal Technician3,180 GHS-60%
HSE Engineer4,560 GHS-43%
HSE Officer2,720 GHS-66%
HSEQ Administrator3,240 GHS-59%
Inspector4,120 GHS-48%
Instructor3,810 GHS-52%
Instrument Designer3,630 GHS-54%
Lead Technical Field Advisor6,050 GHS-24%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator4,020 GHS-49%
Maintenance Engineer4,620 GHS-42%
Maintenance Superintendent4,110 GHS-48%
Material Controller3,110 GHS-61%
Mine Engineer4,200 GHS-47%
Mine Surveyor4,710 GHS-41%
Mining Project Administrator3,930 GHS-51%
Mining Project Assistant3,270 GHS-59%
Mining Project Controls Consultant5,090 GHS-36%
Mining Project Coordinator4,010 GHS-50%
Mining Project Engineer4,510 GHS-43%
Mining Project Manager5,670 GHS-29%
Mining Site Manager6,200 GHS-22%
Mining Team Leader4,590 GHS-42%
NDT Technician2,760 GHS-65%
Oil Service Unit Operator2,310 GHS-71%
Oil Trader5,970 GHS-25%
Oilwell Pumper1,600 GHS-80%
Petroleum Engineer 5,120 GHS-36%
Petroleum Geologist8,330 GHS+5%
Petroleum Pump System Operator2,580 GHS-68%
Pipeline Technician1,750 GHS-78%
Power Coordinator2,860 GHS-64%
Power Plant Operations Manager8,770 GHS+10%
Power Plant Operator3,540 GHS-56%
Radio Operator1,890 GHS-76%
Reliability Engineer4,420 GHS-44%
Reservoir Engineer4,250 GHS-47%
Risk Analyst5,550 GHS-30%
Roughneck4,750 GHS-40%
Scaffolder2,800 GHS-65%
Shutdown Engineer3,870 GHS-51%
Solar Energy Installation Manager6,340 GHS-20%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer4,840 GHS-39%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer3,010 GHS-62%
Solar Thermal Technician2,810 GHS-65%
Supply Operations Manager7,280 GHS-9%
Sustainability Specialist6,860 GHS-14%
System Development Advisor5,340 GHS-33%
Tanker Truck Driver1,840 GHS-77%
Utility Operator2,430 GHS-69%
Wind Energy Project Manager6,050 GHS-24%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra8,690 GHS
Kumasi8,840 GHS

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ghana earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,860 GHS
Public Sector+8%
5,230 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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