Petroleum Technician Salary

petroleum-technician-salary-chart.jpgGeological and petroleum technicians are required to assist engineers and scientists in their measurements. They must have a good knowledge of using measuring instruments in the laboratory and in production activities.

Salary

This occupation has attracted a total of 15,360 employees in the country. The mean annual salary is $59,880, or $28.79 hourly.

The bottom 10% earns at most $26,940 annually. The median salary is $52,700 annually. The top 10% earns at least $99,300 annually.

Industry Prospects

The industry with highest levels of employment is the Support Activities for Mining with 4,660 employees who earn an hourly mean wage of $26.23 and $54,560 annually. It is followed by Architectural, Engineering and Related Services with 3,290 employees at $22.54 hourly, or $46,890.

Texas has the largest number of employees with 6,920 followed at a distant second at 1,850 by California. Louisiana employed 1,080 employees, followed by Oklahoma and Colorado at 730 and 470 employees respectively.

California pays the highest at $80,490 on average, followed by New York and Indiana at $69,780 and $64,620 respectively.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for petroleum technicians is 15% from 2012 to 2022, or faster than average. The demand for oil and natural gas is likely to increase over time, supporting the need for petroleum workers.

Petroleum Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $27,090 $38,510 $68,980 $44,010
Alaska $41,360 $59,630 $76,880 $59,540
Arizona $25,100 $37,940 $63,310 $41,780
California $31,420 $68,750 $151,870 $80,490
Colorado $32,800 $57,780 $91,250 $60,110
Georgia $34,970 $53,730 $68,920 $52,280
Hawaii $32,850 $41,470 $61,620 $43,820
Illinois $25,600 $37,280 $90,090 $49,820
Indiana $28,300 $61,490 $107,890 $64,620
Kansas $35,080 $45,690 $69,320 $48,790
Kentucky $41,300 $53,890 $93,400 $58,670
Louisiana $33,510 $63,880 $91,740 $62,260
Maryland $36,110 $53,240 $93,080 $59,240
Massachusetts $31,530 $45,420 $61,370 $45,950
Michigan $30,390 $42,520 $69,400 $46,050
Mississippi $30,780 $59,270 $92,190 $63,420
Missouri $28,660 $48,870 $93,190 $57,610
Montana $27,790 $43,250 $83,660 $48,320
Nevada $21,620 $35,310 $66,060 $40,310
New Jersey $28,170 $47,760 $73,830 $50,820
New Mexico $36,380 $63,250 $92,730 $63,840
New York $33,570 $49,510 $138,640 $69,780
North Dakota $31,770 $46,570 $89,130 $55,520
Ohio $29,070 $51,520 $83,930 $54,000
Oklahoma $32,990 $58,820 $101,060 $64,440
Pennsylvania $28,210 $45,320 $74,060 $51,000
South Dakota $25,280 $35,420 $44,030 $34,880
Tennessee $27,000 $45,610 $92,930 $54,080
Texas $23,900 $50,460 $99,510 $57,540
Utah $25,410 $45,180 $74,520 $49,320
Washington $27,430 $40,360 $47,930 $39,170
West Virginia $24,110 $36,520 $68,620 $41,410
Wyoming $35,940 $53,560 $84,930 $56,760