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Highest Paying States for Petroleum Engineers

The highest paying states for petroleum engineers (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 of petroleum engineers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $168,140, New Jersey is the highest paying state for petroleum engineers. It is followed by Texas (average annual salary $149,150). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of petroleum engineers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Petroleum Engineers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 New Jersey
$168,140
$108,780 190
2 Texas
$149,150
$79,900 17,840
3 Colorado
$146,780
$75,390 1,410
4 Alaska
$137,780
$87,480 820
5 Washington
$135,480
$88,560 160
6 North Dakota
$133,560
$78,240 140
7 Louisiana
$129,530
$81,110 1,510
8 Virginia
$125,090
$81,870 220
9 California
$122,750
$88,520 2,240
10 Kentucky
$119,310
$44,930 0
11 Montana
$119,310
$73,920 220
12 Utah
$119,260
$84,550 190
13 Arizona
$117,250
$85,950 110
14 Alabama
$116,700
$75,810 130
15 Oklahoma
$115,900
$64,920 2,380
16 Mississippi
$115,100
$64,910 600
17 Pennsylvania
$112,720
$66,210 930
18 Indiana
$111,250
$67,230 70
19 Georgia
$110,890
$62,560 80
20 Arkansas
$110,410
$66,570 100
21 Kansas
$105,380
$51,020 180
22 Wyoming
$103,940
$69,590 380
23 Michigan
$102,620
$57,910 120
24 West Virginia
$100,490
$58,760 390
25 Missouri
$96,540
$60,210 40
26 Tennessee
$92,370
$65,680 40
27 New Mexico
$85,570
$66,090 300
28 Ohio
$81,000
$62,520 310
29 Illinois
$68,270
$19,450 280

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of petroleum engineers in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for petroleum engineers, Top Paying Jobs in America.