Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary

Median pay for Petroleum Technicians in the United States is around $58K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. For the most part, Petroleum Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,560 - $92,042
(Median)
$37K
$58K
$92K
MEDIAN: $58,333
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$13.46 - $34.50
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$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,560 - $92,042  
   
Bonus
$965 - $15,486  
Profit Sharing
$7,807  
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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$35,749 - $97,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $34.50  
   
Overtime
$21.60 - $41.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $15,486  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,807  
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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$35,749 - $97,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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.


For many Petroleum Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $61K. For Petroleum Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Petroleum Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$57,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Petra
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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