Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Petroleum Geologists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $100K, which grows only modestly to $111K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $156K. Petroleum Geologists experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.