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Petroleum Geologist Average Salary in Brazil 2022

How much money does a Petroleum Geologist make in Brazil?

Average Monthly Salary
14,900 BRL
( 178,000 BRL yearly)


A person working as a Petroleum Geologist in Brazil typically earns around 14,900 BRL per month. Salaries range from 6,840 BRL (lowest) to 23,600 BRL (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 Brazil

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

  • Salary Range

    Petroleum Geologist salaries in Brazil range from 6,840 BRL per month (minimum salary) to 23,600 BRL per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,100 BRL per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 16,100 BRL while the other half are earning more than 16,100 BRL. 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 10,300 BRL while 75% of them are earning more than 10,300 BRL. Also from the diagram, 75% of Petroleum Geologist(s) are earning less than 21,400 BRL while 25% are earning more than 21,400 BRL.

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 7,770 BRL per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 10,400 BRL 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 15,300 BRL 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 18,700 BRL 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 20,400 BRL 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 22,100 BRL per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Petroleum Geologist average salary change by experience in Brazil

0 - 2 Years
7,770 BRL
2 - 5 Years+34%
10,400 BRL
5 - 10 Years+48%
15,300 BRL
10 - 15 Years+22%
18,700 BRL
15 - 20 Years+9%
20,400 BRL
20+ Years+8%
22,100 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 8,860 BRL per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 13,900 BRL per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 23,300 BRL per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Petroleum Geologist average salary difference by education level in Brazil

Bachelor's Degree
8,860 BRL
Master's Degree+57%
13,900 BRL
23,300 BRL
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 Brazil costs anywhere from 42,800 Brazilian Real(s) to 128,000 Brazilian Real(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 Brazil 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 Brazil earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

16,000 BRL
13,800 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Brazil for all Careers

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Petroleum Geologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Brazil

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

Petroleum Geologist

Petroleum Geologist(s) in Brazil are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% every 16 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.

Brazil / 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 Brazil is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Brazil 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 Brazil

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

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% 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 Brazil

86 BRL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Brazil is 86 BRL. This means that the average Petroleum Geologist in Brazil earns approximately 86 BRL 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 Brazil
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The average salary for Petroleum Geologist is 93% 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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Dispatcher3,520 BRL-76%
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Driller Offsider2,860 BRL-81%
Dump Truck Driver3,030 BRL-80%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager18,200 BRL+22%
Energy Advisor12,000 BRL-19%
Energy Analyst11,400 BRL-23%
Energy Auditor10,400 BRL-30%
Energy Dispatch Director14,100 BRL-5%
Energy Technical Assistant5,140 BRL-65%
Energy Technical Manager9,650 BRL-35%
Energy Technical Trainer7,100 BRL-52%
Exploration Manager13,400 BRL-10%
Field Safety Auditor8,810 BRL-41%
Fluids Engineer7,920 BRL-47%
Fuel Cell Engineer8,030 BRL-46%
Fuel Cell Technician3,950 BRL-73%
Fuels Handler3,670 BRL-75%
Gas Compressor Operator3,370 BRL-77%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator6,440 BRL-57%
Gas Supply Manager12,300 BRL-17%
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Geophysicist15,000 BRL+1%
Geothermal Production Manager13,000 BRL-13%
Geothermal Technician5,480 BRL-63%
HSE Engineer7,860 BRL-47%
HSE Officer4,920 BRL-67%
HSEQ Administrator5,490 BRL-63%
Inspector7,040 BRL-53%
Instructor6,700 BRL-55%
Instrument Designer6,490 BRL-56%
Lead Technical Field Advisor10,500 BRL-29%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator6,680 BRL-55%
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Mining Project Controls Consultant8,490 BRL-43%
Mining Project Coordinator7,300 BRL-51%
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Mining Site Manager10,700 BRL-28%
Mining Team Leader8,370 BRL-44%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aracaju14,100 BRL
Belem14,300 BRL
Belo Horizonte15,100 BRL
Brasilia16,500 BRL
Campinas14,300 BRL
Cuiaba13,300 BRL
Curitiba15,400 BRL
Fortaleza15,100 BRL
Goiania15,200 BRL
Joao Pessoa14,000 BRL
Londrina13,400 BRL
Macapa13,500 BRL
Maceio13,700 BRL
Manaus15,400 BRL
Maringa12,500 BRL
Natal14,400 BRL
Petrolina and Juazeiro12,000 BRL
Porto Alegre15,300 BRL
Recife14,900 BRL
Rio de Janeiro16,100 BRL
Salvador16,100 BRL
Santos12,300 BRL
Sao Luis14,300 BRL
Sao Paulo16,600 BRL
Teresina14,500 BRL
Vale do Aco12,400 BRL
Vitoria12,300 BRL

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 Brazil earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,330 BRL
Public Sector+6%
8,850 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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