Petroleum Geologist Salary (United States)

Petroleum Geologist in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $108,355 per year. Compensation generally starts at $50,279 and does not exceed $200,101 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $36K and $50K, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $49,475 or peak near $165,940. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. In a profession dominated by men, 84 percent of Petroleum Geologists are male. Most Petroleum Geologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Petroleum Geologist Salary (?
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$49,475 - $165,940
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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  
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$50,279 - $200,101  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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$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 (?
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$50,279 - $200,101  
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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

Although Chevron Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $141,886, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $106K or as much as $271,494. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is ExxonMobil Corporation, where the median salary is just $120,500.

Popular Skills for Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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 familiar with 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 Petroleum Geologists, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Surpassing six figures, earnings reach $111K after five to 10 years, and typically start at $100K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $156K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Petroleum Geologists and pay is expected at $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Petroleum Geologists that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Midland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent) and Bakersfield (+7 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Petroleum Geologist's salary, with San Antonio Petroleum Geologists earning salaries that are 48 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (-26 percent) and Oklahoma City (-8 percent).

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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$108,000

Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

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$108,000
Microsoft Excel
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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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