Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-5013 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,620 4.5 % $20.58 $42,810 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.83 $15.19 $18.71 $24.00 $31.22
Annual Wage (2) $26,680 $31,590 $38,920 $49,920 $64,930


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 29,060 10.91 $19.77 $41,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,160 3.33 $23.04 $47,920
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.09 $21.28 $44,260
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 480 0.58 $21.48 $44,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.43 $36.68 $76,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 29,060 10.91 $19.77 $41,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,160 3.33 $23.04 $47,920
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 480 0.58 $21.48 $44,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.43 $36.68 $76,300
Natural Gas Distribution 230 0.21 $26.83 $55,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.43 $36.68 $76,300
Natural Gas Distribution 230 0.21 $26.83 $55,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 200 0.18 $25.52 $53,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,160 3.33 $23.04 $47,920
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $22.43 $46,650


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 16,880 1.67 5.81 $20.48 $42,600
Louisiana 4,000 2.18 7.57 $20.31 $42,250
Oklahoma 2,990 2.01 6.99 $19.93 $41,450
New Mexico 1,600 2.06 7.13 $21.74 $45,210
Wyoming 1,360 5.03 17.46 $22.27 $46,310




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,360 5.03 17.46 $22.27 $46,310
Louisiana 4,000 2.18 7.57 $20.31 $42,250
New Mexico 1,600 2.06 7.13 $21.74 $45,210
Alaska 630 2.06 7.13 $26.00 $54,070
Oklahoma 2,990 2.01 6.99 $19.93 $41,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 630 2.06 7.13 $26.00 $54,070
Utah 300 0.26 0.89 $24.43 $50,810
California 1,030 0.07 0.26 $22.50 $46,790
Wyoming 1,360 5.03 17.46 $22.27 $46,310
New Mexico 1,600 2.06 7.13 $21.74 $45,210

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,030 1.61 5.60 $20.81 $43,290
Midland, TX 1,520 23.66 82.13 $21.68 $45,100
Lafayette, LA 1,140 8.07 27.99 $18.89 $39,290
Odessa, TX 920 16.15 56.06 $21.20 $44,090
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 910 1.09 3.80 $19.77 $41,120
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 850 4.99 17.33 $20.33 $42,280
Longview, TX 790 8.56 29.69 $19.59 $40,760
Tulsa, OK 650 1.61 5.59 $18.37 $38,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.31 1.08 $20.73 $43,110
Farmington, NM 610 12.75 44.26 $21.10 $43,880




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 1,520 23.66 82.13 $21.68 $45,100
Odessa, TX 920 16.15 56.06 $21.20 $44,090
Farmington, NM 610 12.75 44.26 $21.10 $43,880
Longview, TX 790 8.56 29.69 $19.59 $40,760
Lafayette, LA 1,140 8.07 27.99 $18.89 $39,290
Victoria, TX 260 5.52 19.16 $20.25 $42,130
Casper, WY 200 5.47 18.99 $20.44 $42,510
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 850 4.99 17.33 $20.33 $42,280
Laredo, TX 210 2.47 8.57 $17.03 $35,420
Corpus Christi, TX 430 2.47 8.57 $20.86 $43,390




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 250 1.62 5.61 $28.49 $59,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.12 $26.23 $54,560
San Antonio, TX 200 0.24 0.85 $25.42 $52,880
Midland, TX 1,520 23.66 82.13 $21.68 $45,100
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA (8) (8) (8) $21.63 $44,990
Odessa, TX 920 16.15 56.06 $21.20 $44,090
Farmington, NM 610 12.75 44.26 $21.10 $43,880
Greeley, CO 30 0.42 1.44 $20.98 $43,640
Denver-Aurora, CO 370 0.32 1.10 $20.96 $43,600
Corpus Christi, TX 430 2.47 8.57 $20.86 $43,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,190 9.12 31.65 $21.74 $45,210
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,120 2.96 10.26 $18.75 $39,000
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,110 4.04 14.02 $19.74 $41,060
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 8.80 30.54 $17.56 $36,520
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 980 8.05 27.93 $22.15 $46,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 670 11.05 38.35 $22.62 $47,050
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,190 9.12 31.65 $21.74 $45,210
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 8.80 30.54 $17.56 $36,520
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 600 8.62 29.91 $25.50 $53,030
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 540 8.53 29.59 $21.01 $43,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 600 8.62 29.91 $25.50 $53,030
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 260 5.47 19.00 $24.73 $51,430
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.93 $49,770
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 410 3.56 12.36 $23.54 $48,960
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 880 6.63 23.02 $23.31 $48,480


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011