Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas Salary

Average pay for a Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas is considerable, rounding six figures at $124K per year. In the world of Houston Petroleum Geologists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $49K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $39K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $92K and $258K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Petroleum Geologists in Houston. There are far more male Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$90,200 - $220,998
MEDIAN: $123,953

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$90,200 - $220,998  
$5,011 - $49,435  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $39,156  
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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).
$91,554 - $257,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

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

Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Petroleum Geologists in Houston in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $130K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $147K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas make a median salary of $182K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $250K.

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist Salaries

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 84%
dental benefits
None: 2%