Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas pull down an average of $121K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The vast majority of Petroleum Geologists in Houston (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$45,693 - $221,476
MEDIAN: $121,224

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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About Houston, Texas

Harris County, Texas
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1,148,942 (50.0%)
Houston (/ˈhjuːstən/ HYOO-stən) is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 2.239 million within a land area of 599.6 square miles (1,553 km2), it also is the largest city in the Southern United States, as well as the seat of Harris County. It is the principal city of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land, which is the fifth-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. Houston was founded on August 28, 1836, near the banks of Buffalo Bayou (now known as Allen's Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded and won at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad...

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Pay by Experience Level for Petroleum Geologist

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 Petroleum Geologists in Houston. Annually raking in $102K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. For Petroleum Geologists in Houston, Texas, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $182K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $230K.

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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 3 votes.


12 %
88 %

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: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%