Petroleum Geologist Salary

A Petroleum Geologist earns an average salary of $109,543 per year. A skill in Petra is associated with high pay for this job.
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$59,543 - $194,300
$60K
$110K
$190K
MEDIAN: $109,998
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$29.48 - $62.36
$46
MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$59,543 - $194,300  
   
Bonus
$4,894 - $50,806  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,767  
Total Pay (?
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$59,635 - $204,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$46.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,894 - $50,806  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,767  
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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$59,635 - $204,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • 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.
  • Scope and frame projects, including assigning roles and tasks.
  • Model and create requirements for reservoirs and their use.

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Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

Pay by Experience for a Petroleum Geologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Petroleum Geologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 74 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Petroleum Geologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Petroleum Geologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 21 salaries. A Petroleum Geologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $177,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,378

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Key Stats for Petroleum Geologist

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Experienced
▲54%

Late-Career
▲51%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$117,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
▲19%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
▲7%

Microsoft Excel
▲3%


National Average
$117,000

GeoPack
▼57%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 8%
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