Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
57,180 3.8 % $22.86 $47,540 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.55 $16.23 $20.18 $26.53 $35.04
Annual Wage (2) $28,190 $33,770 $41,970 $55,170 $72,890


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 47,990 12.63 $22.88 $47,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,800 3.19 $23.00 $47,840
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 750 0.12 $21.66 $45,050
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 500 0.59 $22.55 $46,900
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 400 0.31 $31.62 $65,760

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 47,990 12.63 $22.88 $47,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,800 3.19 $23.00 $47,840
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 500 0.59 $22.55 $46,900
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 400 0.31 $31.62 $65,760
Natural Gas Distribution 250 0.23 $24.26 $50,460

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 400 0.31 $31.62 $65,760
Natural Gas Distribution 250 0.23 $24.26 $50,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,800 3.19 $23.00 $47,840
Support Activities for Mining 47,990 12.63 $22.88 $47,590
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 500 0.59 $22.55 $46,900


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 25,270 2.39 5.44 $22.39 $46,560
Louisiana 5,310 2.84 6.47 $21.38 $44,480
Oklahoma 3,920 2.56 5.83 $20.76 $43,180
Colorado 3,530 1.59 3.61 $23.26 $48,370
North Dakota 3,260 8.09 18.43 $26.76 $55,660




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 3,210 11.54 26.29 $23.84 $49,580
North Dakota 3,260 8.09 18.43 $26.76 $55,660
New Mexico 2,390 3.08 7.02 $24.88 $51,740
Louisiana 5,310 2.84 6.47 $21.38 $44,480
Oklahoma 3,920 2.56 5.83 $20.76 $43,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 30 0.00 0.01 $28.58 $59,440
North Dakota 3,260 8.09 18.43 $26.76 $55,660
Alaska 310 0.97 2.22 $25.95 $53,990
California 2,390 0.17 0.38 $25.66 $53,360
New Mexico 2,390 3.08 7.02 $24.88 $51,740





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 6,660 2.52 5.74 $24.62 $51,210
Midland, TX 2,180 28.39 64.68 $22.06 $45,880
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,730 6.30 14.34 $24.39 $50,740
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,630 1.86 4.23 $19.87 $41,320
Lafayette, LA 1,350 8.94 20.37 $19.77 $41,120
Greeley, CO 1,350 16.77 38.21 $19.26 $40,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.56 1.27 $19.37 $40,280
Longview, TX 1,110 11.28 25.69 $27.67 $57,560
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,060 11.47 26.14 $25.03 $52,070
Odessa, TX 960 14.16 32.25 $21.57 $44,870




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 2,180 28.39 64.68 $22.06 $45,880
Farmington, NM 890 17.90 40.78 $23.25 $48,360
Greeley, CO 1,350 16.77 38.21 $19.26 $40,060
Grand Junction, CO 870 15.00 34.16 $23.95 $49,810
Odessa, TX 960 14.16 32.25 $21.57 $44,870
Casper, WY 550 13.53 30.82 $22.42 $46,640
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,060 11.47 26.14 $25.03 $52,070
Longview, TX 1,110 11.28 25.69 $27.67 $57,560
Lafayette, LA 1,350 8.94 20.37 $19.77 $41,120
Victoria, TX 430 8.63 19.66 $24.47 $50,900




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)
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 30 0.10 0.22 $37.61 $78,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.14 $35.63 $74,110
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 0.68 $34.25 $71,230
Longview, TX 1,110 11.28 25.69 $27.67 $57,560
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,060 11.47 26.14 $25.03 $52,070
Charleston, WV 60 0.42 0.96 $24.93 $51,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,660 2.52 5.74 $24.62 $51,210
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 30 0.46 1.04 $24.53 $51,020
Victoria, TX 430 8.63 19.66 $24.47 $50,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.23 0.53 $24.41 $50,780

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 3,250 12.81 29.19 $21.79 $45,330
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 3,000 48.49 110.49 $26.89 $55,920
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 1,640 25.81 58.80 $25.18 $52,380
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,420 11.18 25.47 $19.72 $41,010
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,370 10.95 24.95 $24.60 $51,170

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 3,000 48.49 110.49 $26.89 $55,920
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 1,640 25.81 58.80 $25.18 $52,380
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,030 13.03 29.69 $25.61 $53,270
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 3,250 12.81 29.19 $21.79 $45,330
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 640 12.56 28.62 $23.11 $48,080

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 3,000 48.49 110.49 $26.89 $55,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,000 2.61 5.94 $26.61 $55,350
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,030 13.03 29.69 $25.61 $53,270
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.30 0.69 $25.44 $52,910
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 4.36 9.94 $25.29 $52,600


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013