Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
34,600 4.4 % $71.92 $149,590 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $36.00 $47.78 $62.49 $88.97 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $74,880 $99,390 $129,990 $185,050 (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 13,560 7.00 $75.48 $156,990
Support Activities for Mining 6,250 1.52 $60.65 $126,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,200 0.19 $82.53 $171,670
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,990 2.70 $66.50 $138,330
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,900 0.14 $79.46 $165,270

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 13,560 7.00 $75.48 $156,990
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 570 5.50 $60.59 $126,030
Other Pipeline Transportation 390 4.93 $56.65 $117,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,990 2.70 $66.50 $138,330
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 710 2.43 $73.28 $152,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $119.17 $247,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,200 0.19 $82.53 $171,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,900 0.14 $79.46 $165,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,090 0.09 $79.40 $165,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 760 0.12 $78.95 $164,210


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 17,900 1.55 6.17 $79.01 $164,340
Oklahoma 3,870 2.42 9.65 $64.35 $133,860
California 2,390 0.15 0.61 $64.69 $134,550
Colorado 2,050 0.84 3.33 $75.24 $156,500
Louisiana 1,600 0.83 3.30 $66.48 $138,270



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)
Alaska 920 2.80 11.16 $70.51 $146,650
Oklahoma 3,870 2.42 9.65 $64.35 $133,860
Wyoming 680 2.39 9.51 $57.15 $118,870
Texas 17,900 1.55 6.17 $79.01 $164,340
Colorado 2,050 0.84 3.33 $75.24 $156,500



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 17,900 1.55 6.17 $79.01 $164,340
Colorado 2,050 0.84 3.33 $75.24 $156,500
Alaska 920 2.80 11.16 $70.51 $146,650
Washington 170 0.06 0.22 $68.03 $141,500
Alabama 140 0.07 0.29 $67.55 $140,490




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,810 3.69 14.70 $83.31 $173,290
Midland, TX 1,670 18.01 71.80 $75.51 $157,070
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,460 1.07 4.25 $81.81 $170,170
Oklahoma City, OK 1,460 2.40 9.58 $62.91 $130,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.62 2.45 $80.22 $166,860
Bakersfield, CA 1,000 3.40 13.56 $66.05 $137,390
Tulsa, OK 840 1.93 7.68 $68.28 $142,020
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 830 1.49 5.93 $72.67 $151,160
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 580 0.59 2.36 $74.04 $154,010
Anchorage, AK 510 2.87 11.44 $75.97 $158,020



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 1,670 18.01 71.80 $75.51 $157,070
Casper, WY 270 6.21 24.75 $47.74 $99,300
Odessa, TX 320 4.21 16.76 $61.11 $127,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,810 3.69 14.70 $83.31 $173,290
Bakersfield, CA 1,000 3.40 13.56 $66.05 $137,390
Anchorage, AK 510 2.87 11.44 $75.97 $158,020
Victoria, TX 120 2.84 11.34 $60.08 $124,970
Grand Junction, CO 160 2.73 10.87 $44.64 $92,850
Oklahoma City, OK 1,460 2.40 9.58 $62.91 $130,850
Tulsa, OK 840 1.93 7.68 $68.28 $142,020



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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,810 3.69 14.70 $83.31 $173,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,460 1.07 4.25 $81.81 $170,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.62 2.45 $80.22 $166,860
Jackson, MS (8) (8) (8) $78.34 $162,950
Anchorage, AK 510 2.87 11.44 $75.97 $158,020
Midland, TX 1,670 18.01 71.80 $75.51 $157,070
Austin-Round Rock, TX 230 0.25 0.99 $75.14 $156,280
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $74.31 $154,560
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 580 0.59 2.36 $74.04 $154,010
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 830 1.49 5.93 $72.67 $151,160

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 3.70 14.73 $62.99 $131,030
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 2.25 8.98 $57.66 $119,940
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 450 3.88 15.48 $74.18 $154,300
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 380 5.63 22.44 $51.45 $107,020
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.34 17.28 $62.87 $130,780

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)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 380 5.63 22.44 $51.45 $107,020
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.34 17.28 $62.87 $130,780
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 4.19 16.68 (8) (8)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 450 3.88 15.48 $74.18 $154,300
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 3.70 14.73 $62.99 $131,030

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 450 3.88 15.48 $74.18 $154,300
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 2.12 $72.93 $151,700
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 3.70 14.73 $62.99 $131,030
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.34 17.28 $62.87 $130,780
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.29 5.15 $62.87 $130,770


About May 2015 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 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 $187,200 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016