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.