Petroleum Engineers

Training Requirements for Petroleum Engineers

Petroleum engineers need a bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Petroleum engineers
Percent
Less than High School 0.7
High School 7.8
Some College 8.0
Associates Degree 2.7
Bachelors Degree 53.7
Masters Degree 22.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 4.4

Employment Outlook for Petroleum Engineers

This represents about 35,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 3,000 more petroleum engineers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 13,000 more.

Typical Income for Petroleum Engineers

Hourly Income

On average,petroleum engineers make $70.69 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Petroleum engineers $35.10 $46.84 $61.65 $86.27 $high
Architecture and engineering occupations $20.46 $27.66 $37.45 $50.06 $64.15
Engineers $26.76 $33.75 $43.75 $56.42 $70.99
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, petroleum engineers make $147,030 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Petroleum engineers $73,000 $97,430 $128,230 $179,450 $high
Architecture and engineering occupations $42,550 $57,540 $77,900 $104,130 $133,440
Engineers $55,670 $70,190 $91,010 $117,350 $147,670
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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