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Petroleum Geologist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Petroleum Geologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($108K) per year. Cash earnings for Petroleum Geologists — which occasionally include more than $36K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing — stretch from around $50K to approximately $200K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Petroleum Geologists (84 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Petroleum Geologist Salary (?
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$49,475 - $165,940
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Petroleum Geologist Salary (?
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$10.30 - $121.20
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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  
Total Pay (?
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$50,279 - $200,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 (?
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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$50,279 - $200,101  
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

Chevron Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($142K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $106K to $271K. Workers at Chevron Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Popular Skills for Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Petra, Microsoft Excel, Geographic Information Systems , and GeoPack are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing GeoPack as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Geographic Information Systems and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $97K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $111K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Petroleum Geologists make a median salary of $156K. Petroleum Geologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $195K. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around an eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around a tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Bakersfield
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National Average
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Midland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Petroleum Geologists, 41 percent above the national average. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent) and Bakersfield (+7 percent). Place of residence 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. Employers in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (26 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$108,000

Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
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National Average
$108,000
Microsoft Excel
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

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%