Petroleum Geologist Salary

Average pay for Petroleum Geologists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($104K). Cash earnings for Petroleum Geologists — including $39K in bonuses and $30K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $215K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Petroleum Geologists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Petroleum Geologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,428 - $196,421
(Median)
$48K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $104,052
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$15.21 - $101.01
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$48,428 - $196,421  
   
Bonus
$2,054 - $39,436  
Profit Sharing
$0.27 - $29,799  
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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$49,203 - $215,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $101.01  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,054 - $39,436  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.27 - $29,799  
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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$49,203 - $215,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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

  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Petroleum Geologist


Petroleum Geologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Petra, Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Excel, and GeoPack are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing GeoPack as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Geographic Information Systems also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Geographic Information Systems also know GeoPack.

Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Petroleum Geologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $101K. On average, Petroleum Geologists make $159K following one to two decades on the job. Petroleum Geologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $216K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Petroleum Geologists, busy Midland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 50 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (29 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$113,000

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Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
0%

National Average
$113,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Excel
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GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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