How Much Does A Petroleum Engineer Make?

Petroleum engineers help develop and implement improve crude oil or natural gas extraction. They know which tools and methods to use to extract gas and oil. They also oversee drilling operations.

Petroleum Engineer Salary

Average Petroleum Engineer Annual Salary

$147,030

The average annual salary for petroleum engineers is $147,030 a year. Salaries start at $73,000 a year and go up to $208,000 a year.

Average Petroleum Engineer Hourly Wage

$70.69

The average hourly wage for a petroleum engineer is $70.69. Hourly wages were between $35.10 and $100 an hour.

Stats were based out of 32,780 employed petroleum engineers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Petroleum Engineer

greater than $208,000/year greater than $100.00/hour

(Top 10% of Petroleum Engineers)


Senior Petroleum Engineer

$179,450/year $86.27/hour

(Top 25% of Petroleum Engineers)


Mid Level Petroleum Engineer

$128,230/year $61.65/hour

(Median)


Junior Petroleum Engineer

$97,430/year $46.84/hour

(Bottom 25% of Petroleum Engineers)


Entry Level Petroleum Engineer

$73,000/year $35.10/hour

(Bottom 10% of Petroleum Engineers)


Petroleum Engineer Average Salary Comparison

Petroleum Engineers
$147k / year
$70 / hour
Nuclear Engineers
$105k / year
$50 / hour
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
$103k / year
$49 / hour
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$99k / year
$48 / hour
Engineers, All Other
$99k / year
$47 / hour
Materials Engineers
$97k / year
$46 / hour
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$90k / year
$43 / hour
Mechanical Engineers
$89k / year
$43 / hour
Industrial Engineers
$88k / year
$42 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Petroleum Engineers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum Engineer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Colorado $77.50 $161,200
#2 Texas $76.17 $158,430
#3 Louisiana $71.22 $148,130
#4 Alaska $71.12 $147,930
#5 Washington $69.15 $143,840
#6 North Dakota $68.07 $141,580
#7 Alabama $66.25 $137,810
#8 Utah $64.56 $134,290
#9 California $63.46 $131,990
#10 Michigan $62.85 $130,730
#11 Virginia $61.71 $128,350
#12 Oklahoma $60.87 $126,620
#13 Arizona $60.19 $125,190
#14 Montana $59.40 $123,560
#15 Wyoming $58.49 $121,660
#16 Pennsylvania $57.84 $120,310
#17 Missouri $57.61 $119,830
#18 New Mexico $56.33 $117,160
#19 West Virginia $55.96 $116,410
#20 Arkansas $54.68 $113,730
#21 Kansas $53.62 $111,520
#22 Georgia $50.80 $105,670
#23 Ohio $48.07 $99,980

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Petroleum Engineer

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