Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (United States)

The average Petroleum Technician in the United States earns approximately $57,204 annually. Pay ranges from $36,386 on the low end to $99,467 per year on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision insurance. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 58 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (?
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$37,671 - $91,415
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MEDIAN: $54,745
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Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (?
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$13.63 - $39.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,671 - $91,415  
   
Bonus
$986 - $14,960  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$36,386 - $99,467  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $39.01  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $59.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $14,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$36,386 - $99,467  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Geological / Petroleum Technician

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Petroleum Technicians. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $49K climbs to $62K. Compensation is $83K after 10 to 20 years. Petroleum Technicians who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Midland
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Dallas
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National Average
$57,000
Denver
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Oklahoma City
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Home to some of the best pay for Petroleum Technicians, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Petroleum Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+32 percent) and Dallas (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$57,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Petra
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%
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