How much does an Exploration Manager make in the United States? The average Exploration Manager salary in the United States is $313,602 as of October 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $292,756 and $337,009. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Exploration Manager Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Exploration Manager Salary $273,777 US October 25, 2023
25th Percentile Exploration Manager Salary $292,756 US October 25, 2023
50th Percentile Exploration Manager Salary $313,602 US October 25, 2023
75th Percentile Exploration Manager Salary $337,009 US October 25, 2023
90th Percentile Exploration Manager Salary $358,319 US October 25, 2023
25% $292,756 10% $273,777 90% $358,319 75% $337,009 $313,602 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Job Description for Exploration Manager

Exploration Manager leads and operates the organization's exploration function for a region to discover significant oil or gas deposits. Evaluates and prioritizes exploration opportunities and their value. Being an Exploration Manager ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Responsible for overseeing a staff of technical professionals. Additionally, Exploration Manager requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to top management. The Exploration Manager typically manages through subordinate managers and professionals in larger groups of moderate complexity. Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. May give input into developing the budget. Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments. To be an Exploration Manager typically requires 3+ years of managerial experience. (Copyright 2023 View full job description

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Dean Tinsley, Former Senior Vice President, Operations
Civitas Resources, Inc., an exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountain region, primarily in the Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado. The company was formerly known as Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. Civitas R... More
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