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How much money does a geologist make?

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The salaries of geologists depend on their years of experience and in what sector they work. Geologists working for the oil industry make the most at an average of $83,000 a year as of 2007, according to the Geology website.

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Another employment sector that pays geologists well, even with minimal experience, is the mineral resource sector. The average salary among different sectors for geologists is just over $59,000 a year as of September 2014, according to PayScale, Inc. On the lower end, they earn under $40,000 a year, while the top geologists can earn over $100,000 a year. Many geologists work in the government or environmental sector, where they earn closer to the average salary since they are working in a market that is not driven by demand.

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