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Overview
Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for geological and petroleum technicians are expected to grow by 16%, and should have about 1,900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Geological and petroleum technicians are more likely to be automated than 77% of other careers.
Workforce size
Geological and petroleum technicians, with 15,000 workers, form a smaller workforce than 78% of careers.
Education
Only 31% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for geological and petroleum technicians is higher than 57% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most geological and petroleum technicians.
This job's median $53KAll jobs' median $39K$59K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 22% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians -- that's a smaller percentage than 62% of other jobs.
Gender of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, the median men's salary was 19% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 15% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Geological and Petroleum Technicians per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 49% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, and 90% have company-sponsored health insurance (4% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of geological and petroleum technicians who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (53%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (47%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (36%)
  • Consequence of Error (34%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, which combines the data for 2 careers, including geological and petroleum technicians. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for geological and petroleum technicians, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for geological and petroleum technicians compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for geological and petroleum technicians (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where geological and petroleum technicians work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians (ACS)
Private for-profit (85.8%)
Private not-for-profit (0.9%)
Local government (1.5%)
State government (2.1%)
Federal government (8.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.9%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$67K$68K$67K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of geological and petroleum technicians by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty geological and petroleum technicians, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$53K$57K$54K$48K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians and gender

With 22% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 62% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
Men (78%)
Women (22%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, with the median salary for men 19% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 56% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians than for 71% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
White (82% )
Black (6% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (4% )
Other (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$47K$55K$62K$63K$67K$79K$0$50K$100K$150KOtherBlackAsianAmerican IndianWhiteHispanic
Distribution: Salaries for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians by nativity
$61K$67K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by geological and petroleum technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), geological and petroleum technicians typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians.

Education attained by geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for geological and petroleum technicians

Although some entry-level positions require only a high school diploma, most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary training in applied science or a science-related technology. Geological and petroleum technician jobs that are data intensive or otherwise highly technical may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many community colleges and technical institutes offer programs in the geosciences, petroleum, mining, or a related technology, such as geographic information systems (GISs). Community colleges offer associate’s degree programs designed to provide an easy transition to bachelor’s degree programs at colleges and universities; such programs can be useful for future career advancement.

Regardless of the program, most students take classes in geology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics. Many schools also offer internships and cooperative-education programs that help students gain experience while attending school.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians? Below we see the distribution of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$52K$63K$67K$74K$69K$85K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (4%)High School (23%)Some College (27%)Associate's Degree (15%)Bachelor's Degree (24%)Master's Degree (5%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians

This table shows the college majors held by people working as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
7.8%
$0$200K$63K
7.1%
$0$200K$73K
4.0%
$0$200K$92K
3.5%
$0$200K$86K
2.8%
$0$200K$63K
2.5%
$0$200K$76K
2.3%
$0$200K$80K
2.3%
$0$200K$60K
1.9%
$0$200K$52K
1.7%
$0$200K$65K
1.7%
$0$200K$89K
1.7%
$0$200K$73K
1.7%
$0$200K$61K
1.4%
$0$200K$67K
1.4%
$0$200K$56K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Environmental scientists and geoscientistsManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersElementary and middle school teachersPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Management analystsPhysicians and surgeonsChief executives and legislatorsLawyers, judges, and magistratesSecondary school teachersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersDentistsRegistered nursesEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsChemists and materials scientistsChemical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Industrial engineersApplications and systems software developersCivil engineersComputer programmersRetail salespersonsComputer systems analystsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersMechanical engineersElectrical and electronics engineersAerospace engineersMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsCustomer service representativesService sales representativesGeology and Earth ScienceBusiness Management andAdministrationBiologyChemistryChemical EngineeringPhysicsGeneral BusinessGeosciencesGeneral EngineeringMarketingAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians

What jobs will most geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Geological, petroleum, and nuclear techniciansInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersChemical techniciansChemists and materials scientistsPlant and system operatorsCashiersManagers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsNews analysts, reporters and correspondentsEngineering techniciansFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians as well as 1% of respondents after working as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
Chemists and materials scientists
9,400
$0$200K$67K
Chemical technicians
6,600
$0$200K$51K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Stock clerks and order fillers
269,400
$0$200K$26K
1.6%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
197,500
$0$200K$61K
5.0%
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
70,600
$0$200K$56K
1.6%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
4.0%
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
4.0%
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
43,600
$0$200K$59K
4.0%
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
1.7%
Science technicians
24,800
$0$200K$41K
3.6%
Metal and plastic workers
20,700
$0$200K$34K
7.7%
Security and fire alarm systems installers
9,400
$0$200K$44K
2.2%
Chemists and materials scientists
9,400
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
Biological technicians
8,900
$0$200K$47K
3.7%
Record-keeping
7,600
$0$200K$33K
3.2%
Chemical technicians
6,600
$0$200K$51K
6.2%
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists
5,000
$0$200K$57K
2.3%
Pumping station operators
4,000
$0$200K$56K
1.9%
Agricultural and food science technicians
3,000
$0$200K$44K
1.4%
Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians
2,700
$0$200K$67K
34.0%
Earth drillers
2,600
$0$200K$50K
2.2%
Mining machine operators
2,400
$0$200K$63K
2.9%
Read about geological and petroleum technicians
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Geological and petroleum technicians typically do the following:

  • Install and maintain laboratory and field equipment
  • Gather samples such as rock, mud, and soil in the field and prepare samples for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct scientific tests on samples to determine their content and characteristics
  • Record data from tests and compile information from reports, computer databases, and other sources
  • Prepare reports and maps that can be used to identify geological characteristics of areas that may have valuable resources

Geological and petroleum technicians tend to specialize either in fieldwork and laboratory work, or in office work analyzing data. However, many technicians have duties that overlap into multiple areas.

In the field, geological and petroleum technicians use sophisticated equipment, such as seismic instruments, to gather geological data. They also use tools to collect samples for scientific analysis. In laboratories, these technicians analyze the samples for evidence of hydrocarbons, useful metals, or precious gemstones.

Geological and petroleum technicians use computers to analyze data from samples collected in the field and from previous research. The results of their analyses may explain a new site’s potential for further exploration and development or may focus on monitoring the current and future productivity of an existing site.

Geological and petroleum technicians work on geological prospecting and surveying teams under the supervision of scientists and engineers, who evaluate the work for accuracy and make final decisions about current and potential production sites. Geologic and petroleum technicians might work with scientists and technicians in other fields as well. For example, geological and petroleum technicians might work with environmental scientists and technicians to monitor the environmental impact of drilling and other activities.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of geological and petroleum technicians? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Geological and petroleum technicians examine data and samples, using a variety of complex techniques, including laboratory experimentation and computer modeling.
Communication skills
Geological and petroleum technicians explain their methods and findings through oral and written reports to scientists, engineers, managers, and other technicians.
Critical-thinking skills
Geological and petroleum technicians must use their best judgment when interpreting scientific data and determining what is relevant to their work.
Interpersonal skills
Geological and petroleum technicians need to be able to work well with others and as part of a team.
Physical stamina
To do fieldwork, geological and petroleum technicians need to be in good physical shape in order to hike to remote locations while carrying testing and sampling equipment.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for geological and petroleum technicians
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for geological and petroleum technicians was higher than 57% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for geological and petroleum technicians are anticipated to grow by 16% over the next decade; only 10% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for geological and petroleum technicians is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most geological and petroleum technicians? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as geological and petroleum technicians. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Geological and Petroleum Technicians per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where geological and petroleum technicians earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Geological and Petroleum Technicians to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which geological and petroleum technicians earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Geological, petroleum, and nuclear technicians (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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