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Petroleum Geologist Average Salary in Uganda 2021

How much money does a Petroleum Geologist make in Uganda?

Average Monthly Salary
4,290,000 UGX
( 51,500,000 UGX yearly)


A person working as a Petroleum Geologist in Uganda typically earns around 4,290,000 UGX per month. Salaries range from 1,970,000 UGX (lowest) to 6,820,000 UGX (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 Uganda

Median and salary distribution monthly Uganda Petroleum Geologist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Petroleum Geologist salaries in Uganda range from 1,970,000 UGX per month (minimum salary) to 6,820,000 UGX per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,630,000 UGX per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 4,630,000 UGX while the other half are earning more than 4,630,000 UGX. 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 2,970,000 UGX while 75% of them are earning more than 2,970,000 UGX. Also from the diagram, 75% of Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 6,190,000 UGX while 25% are earning more than 6,190,000 UGX.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Uganda Petroleum Geologist
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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 2,240,000 UGX per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,990,000 UGX 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 4,420,000 UGX per month, 48% 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 5,390,000 UGX per month, 22% 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 5,880,000 UGX 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 6,360,000 UGX per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Petroleum Geologist average salary change by experience in Uganda

0 - 2 Years
2,240,000 UGX
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,990,000 UGX
5 - 10 Years+48%
4,420,000 UGX
10 - 15 Years+22%
5,390,000 UGX
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,880,000 UGX
20+ Years+8%
6,360,000 UGX
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.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Uganda Petroleum Geologist
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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 2,560,000 UGX per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 4,010,000 UGX per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 6,720,000 UGX per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Petroleum Geologist average salary difference by education level in Uganda

Bachelor's Degree
2,560,000 UGX
Master's Degree+57%
4,010,000 UGX
6,720,000 UGX
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 Uganda costs anywhere from 13,100,000 Uganda Shilling(s) to 39,300,000 Uganda Shilling(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Uganda Petroleum Geologist
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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 Uganda earn 17% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,630,000 UGX
3,950,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Uganda for all Careers

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Petroleum Geologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Uganda

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

Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologist(s) in Uganda are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Uganda Petroleum Geologist
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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.

Uganda / 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 Uganda is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Uganda for the year 2020. 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 Uganda

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Uganda 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.

57% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 43% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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 Uganda

24,800 UGX per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Uganda is 24,800 UGX. This means that the average Petroleum Geologist in Uganda earns approximately 24,800 UGX 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 Uganda
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The average salary for Petroleum Geologist is 82% 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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Associate Analyst2,600,000 UGX-39%
Associate Landman1,090,000 UGX-75%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator975,000 UGX-77%
Biomass Plant Technician1,200,000 UGX-72%
Biomass Power Plant Manager3,530,000 UGX-18%
Chemical Plant Operator2,000,000 UGX-53%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer2,560,000 UGX-40%
Completions Engineer2,220,000 UGX-48%
Cost Controller1,780,000 UGX-59%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative2,500,000 UGX-42%
Dispatcher1,010,000 UGX-76%
Distribution Manager3,400,000 UGX-21%
Dragline Operator1,100,000 UGX-74%
Driller Offsider858,000 UGX-80%
Dump Truck Driver960,000 UGX-78%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager5,460,000 UGX+27%
Energy Advisor3,670,000 UGX-14%
Energy Analyst3,480,000 UGX-19%
Energy Auditor3,140,000 UGX-27%
Energy Dispatch Director4,220,000 UGX-2%
Energy Technical Assistant1,560,000 UGX-64%
Energy Technical Manager2,850,000 UGX-34%
Energy Technical Trainer2,010,000 UGX-53%
Exploration Manager4,390,000 UGX+2%
Field Safety Auditor2,840,000 UGX-34%
Fluids Engineer2,370,000 UGX-45%
Fuel Cell Engineer2,600,000 UGX-39%
Fuel Cell Technician1,270,000 UGX-70%
Fuels Handler1,080,000 UGX-75%
Gas Compressor Operator1,050,000 UGX-76%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator2,000,000 UGX-53%
Gas Supply Manager3,630,000 UGX-15%
Geologist4,400,000 UGX+3%
Geophysicist4,480,000 UGX+4%
Geothermal Production Manager4,200,000 UGX-2%
Geothermal Technician1,760,000 UGX-59%
HSE Engineer2,530,000 UGX-41%
HSE Officer1,430,000 UGX-67%
HSEQ Administrator1,650,000 UGX-62%
Inspector2,170,000 UGX-49%
Instructor2,000,000 UGX-53%
Instrument Designer1,970,000 UGX-54%
Lead Technical Field Advisor3,040,000 UGX-29%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator2,120,000 UGX-51%
Maintenance Engineer2,440,000 UGX-43%
Maintenance Superintendent2,200,000 UGX-49%
Material Controller1,560,000 UGX-64%
Mine Engineer2,430,000 UGX-43%
Mine Surveyor2,700,000 UGX-37%
Mining Project Administrator2,210,000 UGX-48%
Mining Project Assistant1,720,000 UGX-60%
Mining Project Controls Consultant2,790,000 UGX-35%
Mining Project Coordinator2,110,000 UGX-51%
Mining Project Engineer2,310,000 UGX-46%
Mining Project Manager2,980,000 UGX-31%
Mining Site Manager3,320,000 UGX-23%
Mining Team Leader2,600,000 UGX-39%
NDT Technician1,430,000 UGX-67%
Oil Service Unit Operator1,310,000 UGX-69%
Oil Trader3,250,000 UGX-24%
Oilwell Pumper874,000 UGX-80%
Petroleum Engineer 2,830,000 UGX-34%
Petroleum Geologist4,290,000 UGX=
Petroleum Pump System Operator1,290,000 UGX-70%
Pipeline Technician940,000 UGX-78%
Power Coordinator1,440,000 UGX-66%
Power Plant Operations Manager4,920,000 UGX+15%
Power Plant Operator2,050,000 UGX-52%
Radio Operator1,050,000 UGX-76%
Reliability Engineer2,460,000 UGX-43%
Reservoir Engineer2,150,000 UGX-50%
Risk Analyst2,930,000 UGX-32%
Roughneck2,440,000 UGX-43%
Scaffolder1,600,000 UGX-63%
Shutdown Engineer2,040,000 UGX-52%
Solar Energy Installation Manager3,510,000 UGX-18%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer2,530,000 UGX-41%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer1,640,000 UGX-62%
Solar Thermal Technician1,440,000 UGX-66%
Supply Operations Manager3,900,000 UGX-9%
Sustainability Specialist3,920,000 UGX-9%
System Development Advisor2,730,000 UGX-36%
Tanker Truck Driver936,000 UGX-78%
Utility Operator1,250,000 UGX-71%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kampala5,040,000 UGX

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 Uganda earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,330,000 UGX
Public Sector+25%
2,910,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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