Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes. Investigate and collect information leading to the possible discovery of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.


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)
16,820 5.2 % $29.19 $60,710 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.94 $18.23 $26.73 $36.82 $47.41
Annual Wage (2) $24,840 $37,930 $55,610 $76,580 $98,620


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 5,430 1.32 $27.79 $57,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,160 0.30 $23.11 $48,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,530 1.82 $36.24 $75,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 610 0.03 $39.36 $81,860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 550 0.04 $29.99 $62,380

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 3,530 1.82 $36.24 $75,370
Support Activities for Mining 5,430 1.32 $27.79 $57,810
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.58 $34.19 $71,110
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.51 $30.26 $62,940
Metal Ore Mining 190 0.43 $27.18 $56,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 610 0.03 $39.36 $81,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,530 1.82 $36.24 $75,370
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $34.77 $72,310
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.58 $34.19 $71,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.27 $33.29 $69,250


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 7,420 0.64 5.26 $30.07 $62,540
Oklahoma 1,600 1.00 8.21 $31.20 $64,900
California 1,330 0.09 0.71 $31.23 $64,950
Louisiana 860 0.44 3.64 $28.77 $59,840
Colorado 660 0.27 2.19 $32.36 $67,300



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 440 1.34 10.96 $34.12 $70,970
Wyoming 380 1.32 10.84 $26.37 $54,860
Oklahoma 1,600 1.00 8.21 $31.20 $64,900
Texas 7,420 0.64 5.26 $30.07 $62,540
Louisiana 860 0.44 3.64 $28.77 $59,840



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 440 1.34 10.96 $34.12 $70,970
Colorado 660 0.27 2.19 $32.36 $67,300
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $32.08 $66,720
California 1,330 0.09 0.71 $31.23 $64,950
Utah 210 0.16 1.32 $31.21 $64,920




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 3,400 1.16 9.51 $37.56 $78,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.27 2.24 $22.80 $47,410
Oklahoma City, OK 560 0.92 7.53 $28.61 $59,500
Bakersfield, CA 480 1.62 13.31 $31.42 $65,360
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 450 0.33 2.69 $35.44 $73,710
Tulsa, OK 380 0.88 7.25 $29.43 $61,210
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.57 4.66 $32.20 $66,980
Lafayette, LA 300 1.39 11.36 $24.93 $51,850
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.26 2.13 $29.94 $62,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.27 2.21 $30.08 $62,560



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)
Casper, WY 200 4.65 38.11 (8) (8)
Bakersfield, CA 480 1.62 13.31 $31.42 $65,360
Lafayette, LA 300 1.39 11.36 $24.93 $51,850
Odessa, TX 90 1.16 9.54 $26.90 $55,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,400 1.16 9.51 $37.56 $78,130
Oklahoma City, OK 560 0.92 7.53 $28.61 $59,500
Tulsa, OK 380 0.88 7.25 $29.43 $61,210
Corpus Christi, TX 160 0.82 6.74 $19.12 $39,770
Farmington, NM 40 0.80 6.52 (8) (8)
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 190 0.78 6.38 $19.81 $41,210



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 3,400 1.16 9.51 $37.56 $78,130
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.11 0.89 $36.32 $75,550
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 450 0.33 2.69 $35.44 $73,710
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 2.11 $33.42 $69,520
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.16 1.28 $32.96 $68,560
Anchorage, AK 100 0.54 4.42 $32.68 $67,970
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.31 $67,210
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.57 4.66 $32.20 $66,980
Bakersfield, CA 480 1.62 13.31 $31.42 $65,360
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.27 2.21 $30.08 $62,560

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.05 25.03 $33.22 $69,100
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.88 31.81 $35.83 $74,520
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.18 9.64 $30.74 $63,930
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.79 14.69 $20.57 $42,780
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 4.49 (8) (8)

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.88 31.81 $35.83 $74,520
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.05 25.03 $33.22 $69,100
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.79 14.69 $20.57 $42,780
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 1.75 14.35 $27.21 $56,610
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 1.64 13.45 $25.51 $53,060

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 West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 3.03 $36.25 $75,400
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.88 31.81 $35.83 $74,520
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.22 $69,110
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.05 25.03 $33.22 $69,100
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.76 6.21 $31.89 $66,340


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.

(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