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Petroleum Geologist Salary

Compensation for Petroleum Geologists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $39K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Petroleum Geologists can bottom out near $50K or peak near $210K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Petroleum Geologists (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,254 - $183,311
(Median)
$49K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $102,992
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$15.32 - $100.67
(Median)
$15
$37
$100
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$49,254 - $183,311  
   
Bonus
$2,013 - $39,266  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $30,410  
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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$50,390 - $210,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $100.67  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,013 - $39,266  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $30,410  
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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$50,390 - $210,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems indicates knowledge of GeoPack.

Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

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


For many Petroleum Geologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $100K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $115K. Petroleum Geologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $167K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $207K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Petroleum Geologists, Midland offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+28 percent). Petroleum Geologists in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 50 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (29 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$113,000


Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
0%

National Average
$113,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 17%

Microsoft Excel
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GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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