Average pay for Petroleum Geologists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($112K). Total incomes of Petroleum Geologists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $51K from bonuses and close to $30K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $59K and $215K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Petroleum Geologists (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,887 - $199,523
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MEDIAN: $111,705
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$59,887 - $199,523  
   
Bonus
$4,868 - $50,684  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,000  
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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$59,431 - $215,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$37.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,868 - $50,684  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,000  
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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$59,431 - $215,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

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


For many Petroleum Geologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The relatively untested earn a median of $99K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $122K. Petroleum Geologists see a median salary of $175K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $180K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,704

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With a pay rate for Petroleum Geologists that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Midland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Petroleum Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent). Compared to the national average, San Antonio Petroleum Geologists have considerably lower salaries, 54 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Pittsburgh and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (33 percent lower and 16 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
$119,000


Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

Petra
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Borehole Formation Evaluation (FE)
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$119,000

GeoPack
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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