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Petroleum Geologist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Petroleum Geologists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $103K per year. Total cash compensation to Petroleum Geologists approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $208K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $39K from bonuses and upwards of $44K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Petroleum Geologists (84 percent) who took the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,787 - $177,100
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$49K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $102,635
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$15.46 - $100.33
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$15
$38
$100
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$48,787 - $177,100  
   
Bonus
$2,017 - $38,794  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $44,385  
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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$49,797 - $207,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $100.33  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,017 - $38,794  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $44,385  
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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$49,797 - $207,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Petroleum Geologist

  • 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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Popular Skills for Petroleum Geologist


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Petroleum Geologists who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Petra, Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Excel, and GeoPack are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing GeoPack as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Geographic Information Systems also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Geographic Information Systems are, more often than not, also skilled in GeoPack.

Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

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


Petroleum Geologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $101K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. For Petroleum Geologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $170K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $204K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Petroleum Geologists, working in the bustling city of Midland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent) and Bakersfield (+2 percent). Petroleum Geologists in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 49 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (29 percent lower) and Oklahoma City (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%

Experienced
up arrow 52%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$112,000


Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
up arrow 1%

National Average
$112,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 19%

GeoPack
up arrow 56%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%