The salary statistics of petroleum engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of petroleum engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The petroleum engineers 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$74,400|
|25th Percentile Wage||$99,900|
|50th Percentile Wage||$132,280|
|75th Percentile Wage||$190,580|
|90th Percentile Wage||No Data|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for petroleum engineers. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $190,580. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $132,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $74,400. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is almost 156% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of petroleum engineers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of petroleum engineers in 13 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 petroleum engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $167,950. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,660).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only petroleum engineers 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 petroleum engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $68,270 to $168,140. The highest paying state for petroleum engineers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $168,140. The lowest paying state is Illinois with a median annual salary of $68,270. For more salary information of petroleum engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Jersey|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |