Petroleum Geologist Salary in Houston, Texas

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Houston Petroleum Geologists , with median pay hovering around $122K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $48K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $92K and hits $255K on the high end. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority (82 percent) of Petroleum Geologists in Houston who answered the questionnaire are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$88,289 - $222,460
MEDIAN: $121,589

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$88,289 - $222,460  
$5,029 - $48,047  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $45,958  
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).
$92,319 - $254,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Petroleum Geologists in Houston in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $122K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $144K. On average, Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas make $184K following one to two decades on the job. Houston Petroleum Geologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $240K.

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Experience Affects Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas Salaries

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Skills That Affect Petroleum Geologist in Houston, Texas 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 13 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%