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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 $141,220, Colorado is the highest paying state for petroleum engineers. It is followed by Texas (average annual salary $139,800). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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 Colorado
$141,220
$82,910 1,680
2 Texas
$139,800
$77,980 17,780
3 Alaska
$139,110
$89,060 790
4 Washington
$135,480
$88,560 160
5 Louisiana
$128,370
$79,500 1,880
6 California
$121,730
$84,800 2,310
7 Virginia
$119,800
$78,240 300
8 Kentucky
$119,310
$44,930 0
9 Utah
$118,610
$86,450 220
10 Arizona
$117,250
$85,950 40
11 North Dakota
$116,840
$63,630 110
12 Montana
$115,120
$59,640 250
13 Mississippi
$115,100
$64,910 600
14 Oklahoma
$115,060
$61,820 2,830
15 Pennsylvania
$112,500
$61,240 970
16 Michigan
$112,240
$68,640 130
17 Arkansas
$110,410
$66,570 90
18 Kansas
$108,440
$52,170 140
19 Wyoming
$103,000
$70,560 540
20 West Virginia
$100,490
$58,760 270
21 Ohio
$95,910
$63,150 370
22 New Mexico
$88,380
$65,070 230

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.