A Petroleum Geologist earns an average salary of $109,907 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Petra and Microsoft Excel.
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$4,917 - $51,521  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,201  
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$59,585 - $209,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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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National Average: $117,359

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Key Stats for Petroleum Geologist

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 52%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$117,000


Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%

Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
up arrow 7%


National Average
$117,000

GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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