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Highest Paying Industries for Geological and Petroleum Technicians

The top 42 highest paying industries for geological and petroleum technicians (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $76,710, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing is the highest paying industry for geological and petroleum technicians. It is followed by machinery manufacturing industry (average annual salary $76,710). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of geological and petroleum technicians in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 42 Highest Paying Industries for Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$76,710
n/a
2 Machinery Manufacturing
$76,710
n/a
3 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$74,660
450
4 Oil and Gas Extraction
$67,160
3,680
5 Manufacturing
$65,190
360
6 Natural Gas Distribution
$63,670
110
7 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$63,560
280
8 Utilities
$60,120
160
9 Mining
$59,500
9,070
10 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$59,440
700
11 Wholesale Trade
$58,780
n/a
12 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$58,090
50
13 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$58,020
60
14 Pipeline Transportation
$57,590
230
15 Transportation and Warehousing
$57,040
370
16 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$57,030
n/a
17 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$56,680
n/a
18 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$56,380
150
19 Support Activities for Transportation
$56,110
150
20 Metal Ore Mining
$55,330
260
21 Support Activities for Mining
$54,430
4,990
22 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$54,190
400
23 Coal Mining
$53,180
90
24 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,330
n/a
25 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$49,870
190
26 Scientific Research and Development Services
$49,440
190
27 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$46,990
110
28 Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,990
110
29 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$46,290
90
30 Engineering Services
$45,900
1,690
31 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,050
4,790
32 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$44,570
450
33 State government, including schools and hospitals
$44,500
430
34 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$44,130
340
35 Educational Services - State government owned
$44,130
340
36 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$43,970
3,560
37 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$43,690
370
38 Educational Services
$43,690
370
39 Testing Laboratories
$43,030
1,040
40 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$41,530
30
41 Educational Services - Privately owned
$41,530
30
42 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,710
330
See also: Highest paying cities for geological and petroleum technicians.