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Petroleum Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for petroleum engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of petroleum engineers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Petroleum Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$88,520
25th Percentile Wage
$103,770
50th Percentile Wage
$122,750
75th Percentile Wage
$151,640
90th Percentile Wage
$191,460

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for petroleum engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $191,460. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $122,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $88,520.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of petroleum engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$122,750
0.83% 13.71%
2016
$121,730
0.34% -
2015
$121,320
3.71% -
2014
$116,820
3.60% -
2013
$112,620
5.95% -
2012
$105,920
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Petroleum Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of petroleum engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of petroleum engineers in state of California ranges from $98,360 to $126,920. The highest paying area for petroleum engineers in California is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $126,920. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $123,850). The lowest paying area is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $98,360.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$126,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$123,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$121,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$121,480
Bakersfield-Delano
$121,330
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$118,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$116,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$98,360




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