Pay for Petroleum Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K 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 a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Petroleum Technicians. Most Petroleum Technicians survey respondents are men (73 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,521 - $100,348
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$35K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,762
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$15.17 - $27.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,521 - $100,348  
   
Bonus
$2,200 - $16,125  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$33,778 - $104,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$26.11  
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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$33,778 - $104,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Petroleum Technicians make a median salary of $97K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Petroleum Technicians report making only $95K on average.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 78%

Late-Career
up arrow 74%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 11%

National Average
$55,000

Petra
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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