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Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary

Median pay for Petroleum Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $57K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Petroleum Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Petroleum Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$37,277 - $91,191
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MEDIAN: $56,759
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$13.79 - $39.21
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,277 - $91,191  
   
Bonus
$999 - $15,092  
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$36,352 - $99,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $39.21  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $59.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$999 - $15,092  
   
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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$36,352 - $99,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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 takers who work as Petroleum Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Petra and Geographic Information Systems are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems and Petra. Competency in Geographic Information Systems frequently indicates knowledge of Petra.

Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Petroleum Technicians. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $63K on average. On average, Petroleum Technicians make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $96K.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 65%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Petra
up arrow 12%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%