The salary statistics of petroleum engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare petroleum engineer salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) petroleum engineers is $201,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $133,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid petroleum engineers is $67,230.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of petroleum engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of petroleum engineers in seven industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 scientific research and development services industry with an annual salary $152,520. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $94,730). For detailed petroleum engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .