Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary

Median pay for Petroleum Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Petroleum Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Petroleum Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$37,671 - $91,186
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$38K
$58K
$91K
MEDIAN: $57,760
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$15.47 - $38.85
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,671 - $91,186  
   
Bonus
$992 - $15,196  
Total Pay (?
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$37,171 - $99,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.47 - $38.85  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $58.10  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$992 - $15,196  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,171 - $99,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Geological / Petroleum Technician

Geological/petroleum technicians assist scientists and engineers in a variety of duties, some database-related and others more hands-on. Applicants for this position should be skilled at handling and managing data, including loading/entering, analysis, verification, and manipulation, and correcting and reporting data related to wells, seismic, leases etc. They should also be able to prepare maps, slides, montages, and other presentation-aides as needed to assist project-leaders. In addition, they may aid in production processes in the field such as analyzing mud and drill cuttings or charting pressure and temperature of wells.

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Geological / Petroleum Technician Tasks

  • Measure and record physical and geological conditions in oil or gas well.
  • Collect and examine geological data, test geological samples to determine element composition and locate mineral, oil and gas rich sites.
  • Support scientist and engineers in locating and extracting minerals, oils and natural gas.
  • Use a variety of tools and instruments to map and measure seismic activity and geological features such as fault lines.

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Petroleum Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Geographic Information Systems and Petra are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Petra and Geographic Information Systems.

Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Petroleum Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $65K on average. For Petroleum Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Petroleum Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $101K.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%

Experienced
up arrow 46%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 12%

Petra
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%
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