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Petroleum Geologist Salary

A Petroleum Geologist earns an average salary of $103,092 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
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$49,219 - $187,317
(Median)
$49K
$100K
$190K
MEDIAN: $103,091
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$15.32 - $100.67
(Median)
$15
$37
$100
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$49,219 - $187,317  
   
Bonus
$2,010 - $38,868  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $30,410  
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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$50,345 - $211,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $100.67  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,010 - $38,868  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $30,410  
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).
)
$50,345 - $211,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum geologists are geoscientists who are typically employed by oil and gas companies, and their work revolves around determining geographical points at/in which to search for natural resources; in the specific field of petroleum geology, the focuses are discovery and production of oil. They generally surmise where to drill for oil by obtaining an idea of the areas beneath the surface, formulating a three-dimensional image measured against time, and preparing subsurface maps and diagrams of stratigraphic data which depict possible oil deposits. They obtain these ideas by studying various elements in the Earth's surface, including the presence of certain rocks and structural features. Although this information is studied using a variety of geophysical methods, the general location is determined using aerial photographs before these processes begin.

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Petroleum Geologist Tasks

  • Scope and frame projects, including assigning roles and tasks.
  • Model and create requirements for reservoirs and their use.
  • Provide technical input and guidance for exploring, appraising, and developing potential sites.
  • Integrate many types of data and computations to create simulations, models, and hazard analysis.

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$113,000


Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
0%

National Average
$113,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 17%

Microsoft Excel
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GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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