Reservoir Engineer Salary

A Reservoir Engineer earns an average salary of $109,136 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job.
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$79,520 - $181,415

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$79,520 - $181,415  
$3,955 - $40,320  
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$2,443 - $29,087  
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$82,646 - $221,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 504
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Job Description for Reservoir Engineer

Reservoir engineers are specialists in locating - and helping petroleum companies effectively use - underground reservoirs of fossil fuels. Using geological expertise, knowledge of fluid mechanics, and various forms of technology, the reservoir engineer determines the location of underground fuel reservoirs and their reserve capacities, as well as whether their long-term viability makes them suitable for investment. The reservoir engineer works with geologists to monitor the reserves as fuels are extracted and makes adjustments to extraction processes as geological changes occur with the depletion of the fuel. As easier-to-reach fuel reservoirs are depleted internationally, reservoir engineering increasingly explores new techniques to locate viable drilling spots, and developing and modifying machinery to tap into these spots.


Reservoir Engineer Tasks

  • Draft economic evaluations for all properties and prospects.
  • Coordinate with field production department on well performance and production optimization.
  • Monitor and maintain reserve and decline estimates in order to maximize production for existing properties.
  • Conduct reservoir engineering studies, such as field studies for primary recovery, material balance, and decline curve analysis.

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Experience Affects Reservoir Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Reservoir Engineer Salaries

Business Development
up arrow 6%

Mergers and Acquisitions
up arrow 5%

Well Production Engineering
up arrow 4%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 3%

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Reservoir Engineering
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National Average

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.


13 %
87 %

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: 97% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 3%