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Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (United States)

Petroleum Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $55K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Petroleum Technicians (58 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (?
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$37,671 - $91,415
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $54,745
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Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary (?
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$13.63 - $39.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,671 - $91,415  
   
Bonus
$986 - $14,960  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$36,386 - $99,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $39.01  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $59.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $14,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$36,386 - $99,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Geological / Petroleum Technician

  • 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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Petroleum Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Geographic Information Systems and Petra are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Petra and Geographic Information Systems , on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $49K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $62K. Petroleum Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $94K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Midland
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Dallas
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National Average
$57,000
Denver
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Oklahoma City
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Petroleum Technicians in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Petroleum Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+32 percent) and Dallas (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$57,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Petra
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%