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NIU Dept. of Geology Careers. North. Illinois University. 23 February 2005. 22 May 2005. "the early 1990s, the range of average starting salaries for graduates with bachelor's degrees was $21,000 to $36,000. Starting salaries for those with master's degrees ranged from $24,000 to $38,500 and from $30,000 to $44,000 for those with Ph.D's" $21,000–$44,000
1998 Geological Salary Survey. MLA Resources Inc. 1999. 22 May 2005. "With a bachelor's degree and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $48,600; 3-5 years: $53,700; 6-9: $68,000; 10-14: 75,500: 15-19: $89,500; 20+: $107,400. With a master's degree and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $52,700; 3-5: $60,700; 6-9: $83,800; 10-14: $82,800; 15-19: $97,900; 20+:$105,600. With a Ph.D. and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $62,500; 3-5: $66,000; 6-9: $73,000; 10-14: $89,500; 15-19: $95,400; 20+: $109,200." $48,600–$109,200
Science Salaries by Discipline. Jupiter Scientific.2002. 22 May 2005. "A geologist with 0-2 years of experience in the 25th percentile salary table earns $38, 926. In the median column earns $42,630 and in the 75th percentile column earns $45,916. A geologist with 2-4 years of experience in the 25th percentile salary table earns $51,957. In the median column earns $58,020 and in the 75th percentile column earns $63,610. A geologist with 5 or more years of experience in the 25th percentile salary table earns $77,962. In the median column earns $85,172 and in the 75th percentile column earns $95,252." $38,926–$95,252
Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists. US Department of Labor. 27 February 2004. 22 May 2005. "According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in 2003 for graduates with bachelor's degrees in geology and related sciences $47,981, and graduates with a doctoral degree averaged $61,050. In 2003, the Federal Government's average salary for geologists in managerial, supervisory, and non-supervisory positions was $76,389 for geologists, $86,809 for geophysicists, $70, 525 for hydrologists, and $79,023 for oceanographers." $32,828–$86,809
Salaries Reflect Rising Demands. AAPG Organization. 2004.22 May 2005. "With a bachelor's degree and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $60,000; 3-5 years: N/A; 6-9: $57,000; 10-14: $132,000: 15-19: N/A; 20+: $114,600. With a master's degree and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $65,100; 3-5: $78,300; 6-9: $82,200; 10-14: $102,200; 15-19: $109,300; 20+:$119,400. With a Ph.D. and 0-2 years of experience a geologist's average salary is $80,000; 3-5: $70,400; 6-9: $79,000; 10-14: $95,000; 15-19: $100,000; 20+: $129,500." $57,000–$129,500

Are you curious about the Earth? About its history and evolution? Then you might see yourself as a future geologist with a camera in one hand and a valuable mineral in the other. Geologists are people who enjoy blending the outdoor nature with science. They study the evolution of life and how it impacts the environment. They learn to extract natural resources such as gas, minerals, metals, and oil.

A geologist's salary depends on his or her degree and the years of experience. Also, a geologist is one of many jobs where salary increases with each year because of the limit of the natural resources. Usually, it is better to have a bachelor's degree of Ph.D. in geology. A geologist earns the similar salary as a geologist with a bachelor's degree. Some geologists with bachelor's earn even more than the ones with master's. It is also an advantage to work for the government. The government gives higher salaries.

Through the early 1990s to 2004, a great increase for a geologist occurred. A geologist with a bachelor's degree in the early 1990s earned from $21,000 to $36,000 and, in 2004, from $60,000-$114,600. A geologist with a Ph.D. earned from $30,000 to $44,000 in the early 1990s. In 2004, a geologist with a Ph.D. earned from $80,000 to $129,500. A geologist can have a nice lifestyle with many years of experience and working for the right company.

Vita Rymaruk -- 2005