Petroleum Engineer Salary in Sector of Utilities

The salary statistics of petroleum engineers in the industry sector of utilities are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare petroleum engineer salaries in different industries within the utilities sector.

Average Annual Salary of Petroleum Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for petroleum engineers in the industry sector of utilities. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) petroleum engineers is $165,830. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $99,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid petroleum engineers is $59,090.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of petroleum engineers in the industry sector of utilities from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Petroleum Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Utilities Sector

The average salaries of petroleum engineers in three industries in the utilities sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for petroleum engineer occupations is the electric power generation, transmission and distribution industry with an annual salary $115,890. The lowest paying industry is the natural gas distribution industry (annual salary $93,600). For detailed petroleum engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Natural Gas Distribution

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


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