Pay for Petroleum Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $69K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Petroleum Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Petroleum Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,479 - $104,577
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$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,652
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$13.25 - $29.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,479 - $104,577  
   
Bonus
$2,200 - $16,125  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$33,914 - $108,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$25.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,200 - $16,125  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$33,914 - $108,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

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


For many Petroleum Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $63K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Petroleum Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $104K.

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Key Stats for Geological / Petroleum Technician

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
056
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 95%

Experienced
up arrow 82%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 32%

National Average
$53,000

Petra
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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