Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


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)
34,910 4.2 % $71.72 $149,180 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $35.69 $47.30 $63.62 $89.67 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $74,240 $98,390 $132,320 $186,520 (5)


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)
Oil and Gas Extraction 18,100 9.39 $78.30 $162,860
Support Activities for Mining 5,060 1.27 $55.73 $115,910
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,790 2.51 $65.10 $135,400
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,630 0.20 $69.70 $144,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,720 0.08 $73.30 $152,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 18,100 9.39 $78.30 $162,860
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,790 2.51 $65.10 $135,400
Other Pipeline Transportation 110 1.67 $60.19 $125,190
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 420 1.49 $70.80 $147,270
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 120 1.41 $69.93 $145,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) $91.04 $189,370
Oil and Gas Extraction 18,100 9.39 $78.30 $162,860
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $76.38 $158,870
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 230 0.16 $74.45 $154,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,720 0.08 $73.30 $152,450


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 19,660 1.80 6.84 $76.61 $159,340
Oklahoma 3,780 2.43 9.22 $72.63 $151,080
California 2,120 0.14 0.55 $58.89 $122,490
Colorado 1,660 0.73 2.75 $69.24 $144,010
Louisiana 1,650 0.87 3.32 $64.11 $133,350




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)
Oklahoma 3,780 2.43 9.22 $72.63 $151,080
Alaska 770 2.39 9.09 $77.09 $160,340
Wyoming 530 1.90 7.21 $53.97 $112,270
Texas 19,660 1.80 6.84 $76.61 $159,340
Louisiana 1,650 0.87 3.32 $64.11 $133,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 770 2.39 9.09 $77.09 $160,340
Texas 19,660 1.80 6.84 $76.61 $159,340
Kansas (8) (8) (8) $74.60 $155,160
Virginia 1,050 0.29 1.09 $73.59 $153,070
Oklahoma 3,780 2.43 9.22 $72.63 $151,080





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 12,520 4.54 17.24 $78.60 $163,490
Oklahoma City, OK 1,620 2.71 10.28 $76.04 $158,170
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,340 1.05 3.98 $72.84 $151,500
Midland, TX 1,210 14.61 55.49 $75.24 $156,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.56 2.13 $86.08 $179,040
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 880 1.67 6.36 $69.38 $144,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.37 1.39 $77.05 $160,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.20 0.77 $58.73 $122,150
Tulsa, OK 800 1.90 7.20 $74.84 $155,670
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 620 2.16 8.20 $62.35 $129,680




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 1,210 14.61 55.49 $75.24 $156,510
Casper, WY 210 4.90 18.62 $59.17 $123,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,520 4.54 17.24 $78.60 $163,490
Anchorage, AK 570 3.23 12.26 $80.21 $166,840
Oklahoma City, OK 1,620 2.71 10.28 $76.04 $158,170
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 620 2.16 8.20 $62.35 $129,680
Lafayette, LA 290 1.91 7.24 $60.91 $126,680
Tulsa, OK 800 1.90 7.20 $74.84 $155,670
Farmington, NM 90 1.83 6.96 $57.36 $119,320
Odessa, TX 130 1.80 6.83 $67.69 $140,800




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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.56 2.13 $86.08 $179,040
Jackson, MS 70 0.28 1.05 $81.81 $170,170
Anchorage, AK 570 3.23 12.26 $80.21 $166,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,520 4.54 17.24 $78.60 $163,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.37 1.39 $77.05 $160,270
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 510 0.56 2.13 $77.03 $160,210
Oklahoma City, OK 1,620 2.71 10.28 $76.04 $158,170
Midland, TX 1,210 14.61 55.49 $75.24 $156,510
Tulsa, OK 800 1.90 7.20 $74.84 $155,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,340 1.05 3.98 $72.84 $151,500

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 1,200 4.66 17.68 (8) (8)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 290 2.51 9.54 $54.05 $112,420
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 2.38 9.05 $72.04 $149,840
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.78 10.56 $68.46 $142,390
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.03 11.53 $53.05 $110,350

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,200 4.66 17.68 (8) (8)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.03 11.53 $53.05 $110,350
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.78 10.56 $68.46 $142,390
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 290 2.51 9.54 $54.05 $112,420
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 2.38 9.05 $72.04 $149,840

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 2.38 9.05 $72.04 $149,840
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.78 10.56 $68.46 $142,390
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $62.79 $130,600
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.89 3.38 $60.81 $126,490
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.06 4.04 $59.30 $123,330


About May 2013 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014