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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,350
25th Percentile Wage
$37,720
50th Percentile Wage
$56,470
75th Percentile Wage
$78,220
90th Percentile Wage
$103,080

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 $103,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,350. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 306% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of geological and petroleum technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,4701.52%6.68%
201555,6101.44%-
201454,8102.55%-
201353,4101.33%-
201252,700--

Table 2. Geological and Petroleum Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of geological and petroleum technicians in 10 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 $82,780. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $44,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$82,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$65,660
Wholesale Trade
$65,340
Mining
$63,960
Utilities
$61,410
Manufacturing
$58,260
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$50,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,990
Educational Services
$45,590
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,590

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 $29,420 to $72,490. The highest paying state for geological and petroleum technicians is Alaska with a median annual salary of $72,490. The lowest paying state is South Dakota with a median annual salary of $29,420. 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
$72,490
Kentucky
$64,520
Montana
$63,750
Colorado
$62,940
Texas
$62,540
Illinois
$61,710
Indiana
$58,350
Georgia
$57,290
North Dakota
$57,070
California
$54,650
West Virginia
$54,320
Oklahoma
$53,920
New Jersey
$53,830
Maryland
$53,550
Michigan
$53,270
Utah
$52,620
Mississippi
$52,430
New York
$52,220
Ohio
$52,030
Louisiana
$50,760
Wyoming
$50,590
Kansas
$49,540
Missouri
$48,500
Massachusetts
$47,290
Tennessee
$47,100
Pennsylvania
$46,300
Arizona
$45,360
Washington
$44,340
Nevada
$44,110
Hawaii
$42,680
Alabama
$39,660
New Mexico
$38,280
South Dakota
$29,420


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