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Petroleum Engineer Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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.

Average Annual Salary of Petroleum Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$67,230
25th Percentile Wage
$96,870
50th Percentile Wage
$133,370
75th Percentile Wage
$201,400
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

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.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016133,370-12.09%10.36%
2015149,5009.95%-
2014134,6201.49%-
2013132,6209.86%-
2012119,550--

Compare Petroleum Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

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
$152,520
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$152,520
Engineering Services
$140,510
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$136,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$133,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$119,940
Testing Laboratories
$94,730

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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