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.