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Petroleum Geologist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2022

How much money does a Petroleum Geologist make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
26,100 SAR
( 313,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Petroleum Geologist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 26,100 SAR per month. Salaries range from 13,600 SAR (lowest) to 39,900 SAR (highest).

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

Petroleum Geologist Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Petroleum Geologist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 13,600 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 39,900 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,000 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 25,000 SAR while the other half are earning more than 25,000 SAR. 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 Geologist(s) are earning less than 17,400 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,400 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 31,200 SAR while 25% are earning more than 31,200 SAR.

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 Geologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Geologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Petroleum Geologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,400 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 20,700 SAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 26,900 SAR per month, 30% 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 Geologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,500 SAR per month, 21% 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 35,600 SAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 37,400 SAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Petroleum Geologist average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
15,400 SAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
20,700 SAR
5 - 10 Years+30%
26,900 SAR
10 - 15 Years+21%
32,500 SAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
35,600 SAR
20+ Years+5%
37,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Petroleum Geologist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Petroleum Geologist(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 Geologist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Petroleum Geologist is 19,900 SAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 24,600 SAR per month, 24% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 39,400 SAR per month, 60% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Petroleum Geologist average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
19,900 SAR
Master's Degree+24%
24,600 SAR
39,400 SAR
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 Saudi Arabia costs anywhere from 83,500 Saudi Riyal(s) to 251,000 Saudi Riyal(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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Petroleum Geologist Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Geologist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

27,700 SAR
25,000 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

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Petroleum Geologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Petroleum Geologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologist(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 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.

Saudi Arabia / 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 Saudi Arabia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia 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 Geologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Petroleum Geologist
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A Petroleum Geologist 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.

47% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% 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 Geologist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

150 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 150 SAR. This means that the average Petroleum Geologist in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 150 SAR 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 Geologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Petroleum Geologist and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Petroleum Geologist is 73% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assistant Yard Manager14,300 SAR-45%
Associate Analyst16,000 SAR-39%
Associate Landman6,720 SAR-74%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator5,950 SAR-77%
Biomass Plant Technician7,220 SAR-72%
Biomass Power Plant Manager20,500 SAR-21%
Chemical Plant Operator11,700 SAR-55%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer15,200 SAR-42%
Completions Engineer13,600 SAR-48%
Cost Controller10,900 SAR-58%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative16,300 SAR-37%
Dispatcher5,920 SAR-77%
Distribution Manager20,600 SAR-21%
Dragline Operator6,940 SAR-73%
Driller Offsider5,070 SAR-81%
Dump Truck Driver5,980 SAR-77%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager32,300 SAR+24%
Energy Advisor22,900 SAR-12%
Energy Analyst19,800 SAR-24%
Energy Auditor19,100 SAR-27%
Energy Dispatch Director24,100 SAR-8%
Energy Technical Assistant8,740 SAR-66%
Energy Technical Manager18,200 SAR-30%
Energy Technical Trainer13,200 SAR-49%
Exploration Manager26,700 SAR+2%
Field Safety Auditor16,400 SAR-37%
Fluids Engineer14,400 SAR-45%
Fuel Cell Engineer15,800 SAR-39%
Fuel Cell Technician7,480 SAR-71%
Fuels Handler7,060 SAR-73%
Gas Compressor Operator6,170 SAR-76%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator12,500 SAR-52%
Gas Supply Manager22,800 SAR-13%
Geologist26,800 SAR+3%
Geophysicist26,600 SAR+2%
Geothermal Production Manager26,100 SAR+0%
Geothermal Technician10,600 SAR-59%
HSE Engineer15,200 SAR-42%
HSE Officer9,150 SAR-65%
HSEQ Administrator10,700 SAR-59%
Inspector13,200 SAR-49%
Instructor11,900 SAR-54%
Instrument Designer12,000 SAR-54%
Lead Technical Field Advisor19,900 SAR-24%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator13,200 SAR-49%
Maintenance Engineer14,600 SAR-44%
Maintenance Superintendent13,600 SAR-48%
Material Controller9,730 SAR-63%
Mine Engineer14,300 SAR-45%
Mine Surveyor15,300 SAR-41%
Mining Project Administrator13,200 SAR-49%
Mining Project Assistant10,200 SAR-61%
Mining Project Controls Consultant16,000 SAR-39%
Mining Project Coordinator13,300 SAR-49%
Mining Project Engineer14,100 SAR-46%
Mining Project Manager18,100 SAR-31%
Mining Site Manager19,300 SAR-26%
Mining Team Leader15,600 SAR-40%
NDT Technician8,760 SAR-66%
Oil Service Unit Operator7,790 SAR-70%
Oil Trader18,700 SAR-28%
Oilwell Pumper5,500 SAR-79%
Petroleum Engineer 16,200 SAR-38%
Petroleum Geologist26,100 SAR+0%
Petroleum Pump System Operator8,070 SAR-69%
Pipeline Technician5,520 SAR-79%
Power Coordinator8,980 SAR-66%
Power Plant Operations Manager27,900 SAR+7%
Power Plant Operator11,400 SAR-56%
Radio Operator6,480 SAR-75%
Reliability Engineer14,000 SAR-46%
Reservoir Engineer14,000 SAR-46%
Risk Analyst17,600 SAR-33%
Roughneck15,600 SAR-40%
Scaffolder9,590 SAR-63%
Shutdown Engineer12,700 SAR-51%
Solar Energy Installation Manager20,600 SAR-21%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer15,800 SAR-39%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer9,920 SAR-62%
Solar Thermal Technician9,340 SAR-64%
Supply Operations Manager23,200 SAR-11%
Sustainability Specialist23,500 SAR-10%
System Development Advisor16,700 SAR-36%
Tanker Truck Driver6,010 SAR-77%
Utility Operator7,710 SAR-70%
Wind Energy Project Manager19,500 SAR-25%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha25,300 SAR
Dammam26,600 SAR
Jeddah27,600 SAR
Khubar27,100 SAR
Mecca29,100 SAR
Medina27,800 SAR
Riyadh28,900 SAR
Tabuk25,000 SAR
Taif24,300 SAR

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 Saudi Arabia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
16,000 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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