Petroleum Engineer Salary

petroleum-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgPetroleum engineers are responsible for improving the extraction and production of oil and gas. They offer technical advice as well as oversee drilling.

Salary

The average annual wage of petroleum engineers is $147,470. Their median salary is $130,280. The bottom 10% earns at most $75,030 while the top 10% earns $183,520. The top industries for petroleum engineering employment is oil and gas extraction (19,880 employed; $161,050 average); support activities for mining (5,120; $113,740); and architectural engineering, and related services (2,590; $138,310). The top paying industry is oil and gas extraction, paying on average $161,050 a year.

The top paying states are Oklahoma ($160,090 average yearly), Alaska ($159,040), and Virginia ($154,810).

Job Outlook

The job outlook for petroleum engineers is expected to increase 26% over 2012-2022, or much faster than average.

Petroleum Engineer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alaska $90,960 $140,360 NA $159,040
Arizona $77,690 $108,930 NA $125,440
California $73,640 $105,920 $163,010 $112,210
Colorado $80,000 $130,280 NA $137,030
Kansas $57,060 $131,010 NA $138,720
Kentucky $44,930 $119,310 NA $122,270
Louisiana $76,520 $116,460 NA $131,700
Michigan $68,070 $106,890 $171,380 $112,840
Mississippi $57,960 $81,450 $146,290 $96,980
New Mexico $43,090 $85,710 $165,240 $96,840
Ohio $73,900 $109,130 $143,150 $108,300
Oklahoma $67,400 $149,060 NA $160,090
Pennsylvania $57,790 $97,560 NA $117,850
Texas $78,850 $138,970 NA $154,160
Utah $54,070 $90,560 $149,770 $92,610
Virginia $92,400 $133,220 NA $154,810
Washington $82,420 $126,610 NA $133,410
West Virginia $53,400 $97,150 NA $109,890
Wyoming $61,180 $96,710 $172,870 $108,370