Whitney Smith Co

2023 Permian Basin Oil and Gas Compensation Survey


Whitney Smith Company has completed the 7th annual Permian Basin Oil and Gas Compensation Survey. The survey is sponsored by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association in order to bring an industry compensation survey to its members, as well as, to non-members in the Permian Basin Oil and Gas community. The survey is now available to all members and non-members. 

Each surveyed position stratifies salary by high, low, mean, median, 25th and 75th percentiles. Results are reported in aggregate, as well as by company size groups when sufficient data was collected. The 2023 survey reports annual base salary/hourly rates, annual bonus data, long-term incentives and total annual compensation for approximately 90 positions. 

The survey was completed by businesses that employ workers in an exploration and production company or oil field service company. The survey only covers employees who work in the Permian Basin, and participants with offices outside the Permian Basin only reported compensation data for their employees in the Permian Basin.
Function Management

Geology Manager/Director
Engineering Manager/Director
Operations Manager/Director
Land Manager
Land Administrative Manager
Accounting Manager
Information Technology Manager/Director
Human Resources Manger/Director
Office Manager
Environmental H&S Manager
Senior Project Manager
Project Manager

Lease Operator – 3 levels
Field Technician
Environmental Health and Safety
Specialist – 3 levels
Foreman – 2 levels
Superintendent – 2 levels
Mechanic – 2 levels

Geology Technician – 3 levels
Production Engineering – 3 levels
Reservoir Engineering Tech – 3 levels
Land Technician – 3 levels

Completions Engineering – 3 levels
Drilling Engineer – 3 levels
Reservoir Engineer – 3 levels
Operation/Production Engineer – 3 levels
Land Administration

Lease Analyst – 3 levels
Division Order Analyst – 3 levels
Regulatory/Permitting Tech. – 3 levels

Accounts Payable Clerk – 2 levels
Revenue Clerk – 2 levels
Accountants – 3 levels

Geologist – 3 levels

Landman – 3 levels
Information Systems

Help Desk Representative – 2 levels
Network Administrator
Software Analyst/Administrator
Database Analyst

Executive Assistant – 2 levels
Administrative Assistant – 3 levels
HR Representative
Payroll Coordinator 

Highest Executive
Top Operations Position
Top Exploration Position
Top Land Position
Top Finance Position

Contact Information

Whitney Smith Company
Fax: 817.877.3846

For additional information regarding the survey, please contact Cheryl Lopez at 817.877.3836 or cjlopez@whitneysmithco.com.

Please check the appropriate category:
Cost for Survey Participants



Sales Tax*




Cost for Non-Survey Participants



Sales Tax*





Billing Information

* Sales tax will be added to the amount shown

To pay by ACH or credit card, please visit whitneysmithco.epaypolicy.com.

NOTE: Results will be available in electronic format (PDF & Excel Files) and emailed to the recipient.