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Petroleum Geologist Salary in Houston, Texas

Average pay for Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($140K). Total cash compensation to Petroleum Geologists in Houston bottoms out near $93K and approaches $225K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $44K from bonuses and almost $52K from profit sharing. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Houston Petroleum Geologists who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Petroleum Geologists in Houston. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$88,710 - $206,063
MEDIAN: $118,311

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National Salary Data

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.
$88,710 - $206,063  
$6,750 - $44,491  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $51,632  
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).
$93,192 - $224,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $120K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. For Houston Petroleum Geologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $183K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $220K.

Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.


23 %
77 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%