It’s a great time to build career in the oil and gas industry, which is currently booming in the areas of geological and petroleum technicians, drilling engineers, landman technicians, reservoir engineers and petrophysicists. Median salaries in the industry however between $90,000 and $105,000.



Of course, as an employee of this industry, you want to enjoy the highest end of this range if possible.

The Importance of Location

A huge way to reach your goal of earning the most in oil and gas is to live in the right location, with Texas and Oklahoma being the largest producing oil and natural gas employee networks. It doesn’t matter what your specialty is within the field of oil and gas, if you live in the top five U.S. cities in the nation, you will undoubtedly earn more. These cities include Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX, Houston, TX, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA/NJ, Anchorage, AK, and Denver-Aurora, CO.


Texas: The Number One Location

The Golden Triangle for oil and gas production in the United States is created by Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, Texas. Oil was struck in Beaumont in 1901 and from that came “golden” fortunes, though the name also refers to the triangular shape formed by not just these three cities but also the gas flares located at the oil refiners in these cities when viewed from above.

If you are looking for employment in the oil and gas industry, you’ll not only find the most jobs here but the highest median incomes as well. Coming in at second place currently, though it may overtake the Golden Triangle, is Houston. In fact, overall Houston leads the nation in wage growth, so for families the opportunities are particularly good when two earners need employment.


As far as the highest number of jobs relatively, you should seek out cities not on the above list specifically: Lafayette, LA, Odessa, TX, and Midland, TX. Williamsburg, PA is currently experiencing a huge boom in employment, to the extent that the town has almost been transformed overnight by the increased demand.