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Petroleum Geologist Salary in Houston, Texas

Houston Petroleum Geologists receive generous compensation — earning an average of $123K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Petroleum Geologists in Houston ranges from $98K on the lower end to $248K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $46K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$90,686 - $218,602
MEDIAN: $122,729

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$90,686 - $218,602  
$5,119 - $45,816  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $47,500  
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).
$97,605 - $248,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Houston Petroleum Geologists. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $127K per year. Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas bring in $185K after working for 10 to 20 years. Petroleum Geologists in Houston who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $230K.

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%