Geologist Pay in Asia

China, India, Russia, Indonesia and other states of the CIS, dominate Asian mining. These countries are also major global producers of commodities such as gold, diamonds, base metals, coal, tungsten, tin and PGE’s. In addition to the growing demand for mineral products in Asia, mineral production in Asia will rise. Asia accounts for 30% of the world’s land mass and contains many rich mineral provinces. From a geological perspective, there is significant potential for increased mineral extraction in the future.

The big question is how are the Geologists in Asia being paid?  Are they being reimbursed fairly in comparison to the other regions? And how do the salaries of local Geologists in the region compare to expatriate Geologists working in Asia?

I have been able to find very little data in terms of what Geologists in Asia are earning, so the figures I am providing, are entirely from the information we have obtained from our salary survey.

It seems expatriate Geologists based in Asia are earning pretty good salaries. This is not surprising though, and is pretty much the norm from what I can see. Expatriates around the world are generally paid very well. They make tremendous personal sacrifices, when moving for work to foreign lands, and are compensated accordingly.  According to our data, there are Australian Geologists, with 1 – 5 years’ experience based in Mongolia who are earning around $85 per hour, and Canadian Geologists based in China who are earning around $100 per hour. There are also reports of expatriate Exploration Managers earning as much as, and exceeding $200 000,00 per annum, in many countries in Asia.

Local Geologists in Asia as a whole seem to earn substantially less salary wise. It appears that in the Philippines, local Geologists with between 1 – 5 years’ experience, are earning at the 25%ile, a base pay of around $10 000,00 per annum, the median is around $11 000,00 per annum, and the 75%ile around $13 000,00 per annum.

The local Geologists in India who completed the salary survey are earning on the 25%ile a base pay of $ 3 000,00 per annum, a median of around $ 5 000,00 per annum, and on the 75%ile around $ 7 000,00 per annum. However I have had some communication with local Geologists in India, who say that if they work for multinational companies they earn more, with figures of around $15 000, 00 – $20 000, 00 per annum. They also say, that if they work on government jobs they get paid less than $10 000, per annum, but that they then have more job security. On top of that government employees are apparently also offered public housing and everybody gets a pension, and lives a comfortable life in a country where they say the GDP is around USD 2000.

In China the salaries seem to be pretty much on par with the Philippines, with local Geologists earning on the 25%ile, a base pay of around $11 000,00 per annum, a median of around $12 500,00 per annum, and on the 75%ile approximately $13 500,00 per annum.

In Indonesia it seems things are slightly better, there are some local Geologists earning very low salaries, but it does appear that the norm is for local Geologists to be earning on the 25%ile, a base pay of $26 000,00 per annum, a median of around $30 000,00 per annum, and on the 75%ile, around $41 000,00 per annum.

However when you look at the figures provided above, one needs to keep a couple of things in mind. Firstly you always have to keep things in perspective when converting local currencies into US dollars, and it can be a little bit like comparing apples with oranges. Secondly, these figures have been taken entirely from our salary survey, as there seems to be so little other information available. Thirdly one needs to remember that the cost of living varies dramatically from region to region, and where a Geologist living and working in Canada or the USA, would probably not be able to survive on $12 000,00 per annum, in many countries, this salary would be very good, and one could live very easily and comfortably on it.

9 Responses to “Geologist salaries in Asia”

    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Weijun, we do not have a lot of data to work with in China, so if anybody has any idea in terms of what Geologists in China are earning, there input would be very much appreciated!!Expats in China appear to be earning substantially more than that, the data we have, indicates that local salaries are around about $12 000 or so dollars per annum, however it would be good to hear from others Geologists as to what they are earning, and what their expectations are!! Thank you for the input Weijun.

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  1. maldi

    how hard is it for a junior geologist from europe to find a job in mining companies in Asia? Do you have any hint? I think the basic is finding them on internet, and emailing them. What else would you suggest?

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Maldi. There is always the chance that you can get a position in Asia as a Mining Engineer, from Europe. If you haven’t already I would suggest that firstly you register and post your resume onto CareerMine. http://www.careermine.com

      We have around 40 000 mining jobs worldwide, including Asia, so its worth your while getting your resume onto the our site. The thing is to be proactive in your job search, to ensure you follow ALL leads available. To register and post your resume is for free, however if you have the available funds featuring your resume is always a good option, it costs $65 for a 6 month period but means that your resume will appear at the top of the lists of all the resumes, along with the other featured resumes, which means you will get great exposure to the recruiters on our site. You should also do some research into which companies have mining operations in Asia and then approach them and see if they have any suitable positions available. Do your homework and find out what companies have what operations where, it will give you a good feel for the market and availability of positions. Also ensure that your resume is as good as it possibly can be, there is nothing more off putting than a resume that is shoddy. If you would like me to have a look at your resume and see if there are any suggestions that I can make to help you, you are welcome to contact me again, and I would be happy to see how I can help. Good luck!! Regards. Susan.

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  2. Gilbo

    Not really good with this stuff. Are geologists in Canada having difficulty with their living-related to salary? I want to know, I want to go there.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Gilbo. Geologists in Canada earn pretty good salaries in comparison to other regions, and I would say what they earn in relations to the cost of living in Canada, is fair. Salaries for mining professionals in Canada, are generally pretty good. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Regards. Susan.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Gilbo. Geologists in Canada earn good salaries. it is not a cheap country to live in, but mining companies do take the cost of living into consideration when looking at salaries. As a Geologist in Canada you can expect to earn a good living and probably a fair amount more than what you would in other regions. Canada also offers a wonderful lifestyle, it is a beautiful first world country that provides tremendous opportunity for expats.

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  3. Archie

    I’m a registered Pharmacist here in the Philippines, I want to do a second course in BS Geology. Do you think its a great idea? I am academically intelligent and prepared for the challenge. Does it pay in the long run to be a geologist? Based from my knowledge, Geologists are paid way way higher than pharmacist in the PHilippines.

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    • Susan Kihn

      Hi Archie. I would highly recommend that if Geology is a field that you are passionate about, that you do consider studying further and doing a BS Geology. Mining is cyclical and has not been good the last few years, but it will change as it always does, and there should be far more positions available in this exciting industry. Salaries in mining are generally very good and having the degree to your name can only help you in your career. Good luck.

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