Salary for Petroleum Engineers

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Also known as:  Natural Gas Engineer, Oil Drilling Engineer, Oil Exploration Engineer, Oil Well Engineer, Petroleum Engineer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Petroleum engineers evaluate the economic viability of proposed drilling and extraction sites for oil and natural gas. They may design or determine the need for improved equipment, monitor production rates, and conduct routine well testing and surveying. These professionals may also oversee the installation of new oil and gas wells, and work with engineers and technicians in the development or improvement of well technology. A Bachelor's degree is required for entry into this occupation.

A Petroleum Engineer will normally get salaries ranging from $78,620 to $208,000 based on tenure and industry expertise. will most likely receive an average wage of one hundred and fifty-four thousand three hundred and thirty dollars each year.

are compensated highest in New Jersey, where they can earn an average pay rate of about $184,560. These professionals make the highest salary in Finance and Insurance, where they receive an average salary rate of $204,750.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 69.11 percent nationwide in that time.


Petroleum Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction