Petroleum Geologist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Petroleum Geologists in the United States are bountiful, with average pay above six figures ($108,355) per year. The range in pay spans from $50,279 to $200,101 per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Petroleum Geologists are male. Most Petroleum Geologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Petroleum Geologist Salary (?
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$49,475 - $165,940
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MEDIAN: $100,024
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Petroleum Geologist Salary (?
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$10.30 - $121.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$49,475 - $165,940  
   
Bonus
$2,089 - $35,958  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $50,000  
Total Pay (?
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$50,279 - $200,101  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $121.20  
   
Overtime
$23.58 - $61.04  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,089 - $35,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $50,000  
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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$50,279 - $200,101  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.

Petroleum Geologist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Petroleum Geologist

Chevron Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $141,886—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $106K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $271,494. ExxonMobil Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $120,500.

Popular Skills for Petroleum Geologist

Typical Petroleum Geologists report a focused set of job skills. Those listing GeoPack as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Geographic Information Systems (GIS) also know GeoPack.

Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Petroleum Geologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $100K, which grows only modestly to $111K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $156K. Petroleum Geologists experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $195K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent 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 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Bakersfield
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Midland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Petroleum Geologists, 41 percent above the national average. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent) and Bakersfield (+7 percent). Petroleum Geologists in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 48 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City earn less than others in this profession; their -26 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$108,000

Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
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National Average
$108,000
Microsoft Excel
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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