Petroleum Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Petroleum Engineer is $98,595 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Petroleum Engineering, Project Management, and Well Production Engineering. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Petroleum Engineer Total Pay (?
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$61,445 - $167,371
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MEDIAN: $98,595
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Petroleum Engineer Total Pay (?
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$17.42 - $95.00
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,445 - $167,371  
   
Bonus
$1,039 - $35,907  
Profit Sharing
$1,015 - $30,111  
Commission
$1,350 - $18,500  
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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$64,006 - $194,488  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,563
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.42 - $95.00  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $147.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,039 - $35,907  
   
Commission
$1,350 - $18,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,015 - $30,111  
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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$64,006 - $194,488  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,563
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Job Description for Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers design and oversee the production and methods for retrieving oil and natural gas from various depths beneath the earth's surface. Most petroleum engineers work for oil companies. Others work at universities or research facilities.
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Petroleum Engineer Tasks
  • Oversee drilling and offer technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress.
  • Devise methods to improve oil and gas well production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs.
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Pay Difference By Location

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Fort Worth
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Los Angeles
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$106,000
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New Orleans
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Experience Affects Petroleum Engineer Salaries

National Average
$106,000

Skills That Affect Petroleum Engineer Salaries

Petroleum Engineering
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Simulation
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National Average
$106,000
Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
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Microsoft Word
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Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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