Most roles analyzed by Business Insider earn six figures including petroleum engineering, where you can take home more than $200,000 a year.

Most roles analyzed by Business Insider earn six figures including petroleum engineering, where you can take home more than $200,000 a year.

A petroleum engineer working for Shell can earn $200,000 a year, while a construction manager at Exxon can take home up to $313,000.
That’s according to a Business Insider analysis of data from the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification. It reveals, in new detail, how much large oil-and-gas companies pay their workers, from engineers and data scientists to business analysts and geologists. 
Nearly all of the roles we analyzed pay six figures, including those that only require a four-year degree, such as petroleum engineering. In fact, petroleum engineers earn more than any other job straight out of college, according to US News’ 2020 ranking. 
In the wake of a pandemic-fueled oil market collapse, some students are concerned about whether to pursue a career in the oil-and-gas industry, as Business Insider previously reported. Petroleum engineering professors at the country’s top programs told us the industry is accustomed to booms and busts, and in a few year’s time, there will be a shortage of engineers. 
Read more: Petroleum engineers can earn six figures straight out of college — more than any other major. We asked 4 professors whether the degree will still pay off now that oil markets have collapsed.
The salary data we used come from the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). American companies file paperwork with OFLC for H1-B visas on behalf of current or prospective foreign workers, in which they have to disclose how much compensation those workers are being offered. The data are made public every year.
Business Insider analyzed the disclosures for several of the largest oil-and-gas companies that operate in the US. Unless otherwise noted, the salaries or salary ranges listed for a company are averaged across at least two workers. To calculate some averages, we grouped similar roles together. For example, geologists and geophysicists are listed as “geoscientists.”
Here’s how much top oil companies pay their workers. 
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