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Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary

Petroleum Technicians in the United States take home approximately $58K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. There are more male Petroleum Technicians than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 60 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,226 - $91,266
(Median)
$37K
$58K
$91K
MEDIAN: $57,683
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$14.40 - $38.89
(Median)
$14
$22
$39
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,226 - $91,266  
   
Bonus
$992 - $15,170  
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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$36,580 - $99,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $38.89  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $58.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$992 - $15,170  
   
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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$36,580 - $99,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Survey results show that Petroleum Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Geographic Information Systems and Petra are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. For Petroleum Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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 12%

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
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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