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Geological and Petroleum Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of geological and petroleum technicians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of geological and petroleum technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The geological and petroleum technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Geological and Petroleum Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,010
25th Percentile Wage
$37,250
50th Percentile Wage
$54,190
75th Percentile Wage
$77,930
90th Percentile Wage
$108,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for geological and petroleum technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) geological and petroleum technicians is $108,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,010. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 301% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of geological and petroleum technicians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,190
-4.21% 2.75%
2016
$56,470
1.52% -
2015
$55,610
1.44% -
2014
$54,810
2.55% -
2013
$53,410
1.33% -
2012
$52,700
- -

Table 2. Geological and Petroleum Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of geological and petroleum technicians in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for geological and petroleum technicians occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $92,000. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $42,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,000
Transportation and Warehousing
$77,490
Wholesale Trade
$68,220
Utilities
$63,570
Mining
$61,880
Manufacturing
$55,950
Educational Services
$52,520
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,070
Construction
$43,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$42,740

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Geological and Petroleum Technicians by States

From the above tables we note that not only geological and petroleum technicians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of geological and petroleum technicians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $26,620 to $76,620. The highest paying state for geological and petroleum technicians is Alaska with a median annual salary of $76,620. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $26,620. For more salary information of geological and petroleum technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$76,620
Colorado
$67,060
Kentucky
$66,700
Louisiana
$63,200
Georgia
$61,630
North Dakota
$59,280
New Jersey
$59,190
Oregon
$58,960
Texas
$57,270
Utah
$55,650
New York
$55,410
Montana
$54,840
Maryland
$54,700
West Virginia
$53,660
Wyoming
$52,600
Connecticut
$52,540
California
$51,150
Minnesota
$50,540
Oklahoma
$49,680
Nevada
$49,660
Michigan
$49,340
Massachusetts
$48,460
Idaho
$48,390
Indiana
$47,850
Mississippi
$47,550
Pennsylvania
$46,470
Washington
$46,230
Kansas
$45,640
Ohio
$45,120
Iowa
$44,940
Missouri
$44,120
Tennessee
$43,690
Hawaii
$42,680
Arizona
$42,590
New Mexico
$42,000
Alabama
$39,570
Florida
$39,280
South Carolina
$38,560
Arkansas
$38,400
Virginia
$37,360
Illinois
$30,550
South Dakota
$29,420
Puerto Rico
$26,620



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