Geological / Petroleum Technician Salary

For Petroleum Technicians, annual average wages total $58K per year. Career length 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. Work is enjoyable for Petroleum Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Petroleum Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$37,737 - $91,103

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$15.43 - $38.90

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,737 - $91,103  
   
Bonus
$991 - $15,205  
Total Pay (?
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$37,171 - $99,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $38.90  
   
Overtime
$22.21 - $58.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$991 - $15,205  
   
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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$37,171 - $99,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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Petroleum Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Geographic Information Systems and Petra are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Petra and Geographic Information Systems.

Pay by Experience Level for Geological / Petroleum Technician

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


Petroleum Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $50K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $65K on average. Petroleum Technicians see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $103K on average.

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Experience Affects Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 78%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Geological / Petroleum Technician Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 11%

Petra
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%
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