Salary for Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Also known as:  Crude Tester, Geological Sample Tester, Geophysical Prospector, Magnetometer Operator, Mineral Technologist, Mining Technician, Mud Logger, Petroleum Technician, Seismic Interpreter, Seismic Observer


Geologic and petroleum technicians use techniques including borehole sampling and electronic, sonic, and nuclear measurements to determine the presence and size of ore, oil, mineral and gas deposits. They may monitor bore hole condiitons, and well conditions. They often serve as assistants to scientists and other technical professionals, and may work both in the laboratory and in the field.

A Geological or Petroleum Technician will normally receive an average pay level that can range from 48000 to 72000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Geological and Petroleum Technicians will most likely receive an average wage of Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred dollars yearly.

Geological and Petroleum Technicians receive the highest compensation in California, where they earn pay of approximating $81800. People in this career group are paid at the highest level in Manufacturing, where they receive average pay scales of $95300.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 40.06 percent nationwide in that time.
Geological and Petroleum Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries
Wholesale Trade $95,300
Manufacturing $93,660
Construction $91,360
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $75,860
Utilities $65,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises $65,530
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $43,580
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $47,940
Public Administration $51,430
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $59,370
Transportation and Warehousing $63,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises $65,530