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Petroleum Engineer Average Salary in Qatar 2022

How much money does a Petroleum Engineer make in Qatar?

Average Monthly Salary
16,300 QAR
( 195,000 QAR yearly)


A person working as a Petroleum Engineer in Qatar typically earns around 16,300 QAR per month. Salaries range from 8,790 QAR (lowest) to 24,600 QAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Petroleum Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Petroleum Engineer Salary Distribution in Qatar

Median and salary distribution monthly Qatar Petroleum Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Petroleum Engineer salaries in Qatar range from 8,790 QAR per month (minimum salary) to 24,600 QAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,000 QAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 15,000 QAR while the other half are earning more than 15,000 QAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 10,700 QAR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,700 QAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 18,200 QAR while 25% are earning more than 18,200 QAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Qatar Petroleum Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Petroleum Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Petroleum Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,200 QAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,900 QAR per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,000 QAR per month, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Petroleum Engineer (s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 20,000 QAR per month, 18% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 22,100 QAR per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 23,600 QAR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Petroleum Engineer average salary change by experience in Qatar

0 - 2 Years
10,200 QAR
2 - 5 Years+26%
12,900 QAR
5 - 10 Years+32%
17,000 QAR
10 - 15 Years+18%
20,000 QAR
15 - 20 Years+11%
22,100 QAR
20+ Years+6%
23,600 QAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Petroleum Engineer (s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Petroleum Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Petroleum Engineer is 13,200 QAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 20,200 QAR per month, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Petroleum Engineer average salary difference by education level in Qatar

Bachelor's Degree
13,200 QAR
Master's Degree+53%
20,200 QAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Qatar costs anywhere from 78,400 Qatari Rial(s) to 235,000 Qatari Rial(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Qatar Petroleum Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Petroleum Engineer employees in Qatar earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

16,800 QAR
15,700 QAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Qatar for all Careers

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Petroleum Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Qatar

How much are annual salary increments in Qatar for Petroleum Engineer (s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer (s) in Qatar are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Qatar / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Qatar is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Qatar for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Petroleum Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Qatar

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Qatar Petroleum Engineer
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A Petroleum Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

49% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Petroleum Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Qatar

94 QAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Qatar is 94 QAR. This means that the average Petroleum Engineer in Qatar earns approximately 94 QAR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Petroleum Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Petroleum Engineer  and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Qatar
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The average salary for Petroleum Engineer is 15% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

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Associate Analyst15,600 QAR-4%
Associate Landman6,560 QAR-60%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator5,920 QAR-64%
Biomass Plant Technician7,080 QAR-57%
Biomass Power Plant Manager19,800 QAR+22%
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Chief Contract Compliance Engineer14,000 QAR-14%
Completions Engineer12,700 QAR-22%
Cost Controller9,690 QAR-41%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative15,200 QAR-7%
Dispatcher5,660 QAR-65%
Distribution Manager19,800 QAR+22%
Dragline Operator6,740 QAR-59%
Driller Offsider4,950 QAR-70%
Dump Truck Driver5,640 QAR-65%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager31,500 QAR+93%
Energy Advisor21,500 QAR+32%
Energy Analyst20,200 QAR+24%
Energy Auditor17,400 QAR+7%
Energy Dispatch Director23,200 QAR+42%
Energy Technical Assistant8,800 QAR-46%
Energy Technical Manager17,000 QAR+4%
Energy Technical Trainer12,100 QAR-26%
Exploration Manager25,400 QAR+56%
Field Safety Auditor16,100 QAR-1%
Fluids Engineer13,800 QAR-15%
Fuel Cell Engineer14,300 QAR-12%
Fuel Cell Technician7,370 QAR-55%
Fuels Handler6,600 QAR-59%
Gas Compressor Operator6,150 QAR-62%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator11,100 QAR-32%
Gas Supply Manager21,000 QAR+29%
Geologist24,300 QAR+49%
Geophysicist25,600 QAR+57%
Geothermal Production Manager23,600 QAR+45%
Geothermal Technician9,450 QAR-42%
HSE Engineer13,500 QAR-17%
HSE Officer8,890 QAR-45%
HSEQ Administrator9,630 QAR-41%
Inspector12,600 QAR-23%
Instructor11,400 QAR-30%
Instrument Designer10,900 QAR-33%
Lead Technical Field Advisor17,500 QAR+7%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator12,500 QAR-23%
Maintenance Engineer13,700 QAR-16%
Maintenance Superintendent13,100 QAR-20%
Material Controller9,640 QAR-41%
Mine Engineer14,100 QAR-13%
Mine Surveyor15,700 QAR-4%
Mining Project Administrator12,000 QAR-26%
Mining Project Assistant9,840 QAR-40%
Mining Project Controls Consultant15,200 QAR-7%
Mining Project Coordinator12,700 QAR-22%
Mining Project Engineer14,000 QAR-14%
Mining Project Manager17,300 QAR+6%
Mining Site Manager18,700 QAR+15%
Mining Team Leader15,300 QAR-6%
NDT Technician8,170 QAR-50%
Oil Service Unit Operator7,520 QAR-54%
Oil Trader18,500 QAR+14%
Oilwell Pumper5,340 QAR-67%
Petroleum Engineer 16,300 QAR+0%
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Petroleum Pump System Operator7,990 QAR-51%
Pipeline Technician5,200 QAR-68%
Power Coordinator8,550 QAR-48%
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Power Plant Operator11,100 QAR-32%
Radio Operator6,320 QAR-61%
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Reservoir Engineer13,100 QAR-20%
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Roughneck13,800 QAR-15%
Scaffolder9,040 QAR-44%
Shutdown Engineer12,000 QAR-26%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Doha16,600 QAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Qatar earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
15,300 QAR
Public Sector+5%
16,000 QAR
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