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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Petroleum Engineers
Industry profile for Petroleum Engineers
Geographic profile for Petroleum Engineers

National estimates for Petroleum Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Petroleum Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
27,850 5.1 % $ 74.20 $ 154,330 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Petroleum Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 37.80 $ 51.99 $ 66.02 $ 90.88 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 78,620 $ 108,130 $ 137,330 $ 189,030 (5)


Industry profile for Petroleum Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Petroleum Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,920 7.17 $ 74.27 $ 154,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,440 0.22 $ 86.81 $ 180,570
Support Activities for Mining 3,470 1.28 $ 56.11 $ 116,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,260 0.15 $ 84.00 $ 174,710
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,910 1.76 $ 67.66 $ 140,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Petroleum Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,920 7.17 $ 74.27 $ 154,470
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 340 2.84 $ 66.80 $ 138,950
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 1.78 $ 55.04 $ 114,490
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,910 1.76 $ 67.66 $ 140,730
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 490 1.60 $ 60.61 $ 126,070

Top paying industries for Petroleum Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 80 0.01 $ 98.72 $ 205,330
Employment Services 80 (7) $ 98.71 $ 205,320
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 60 (7) $ 98.34 $ 204,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,220 0.16 $ 90.89 $ 189,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,440 0.22 $ 86.81 $ 180,570


Geographic profile for Petroleum Engineers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Petroleum Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 15,090 1.25 6.23 $ 81.61 $ 169,760
California 2,660 0.16 0.81 $ 67.63 $ 140,680
Oklahoma 1,890 1.21 6.03 $ 75.19 $ 156,390
Louisiana 1,610 0.90 4.47 $ 62.31 $ 129,610
Colorado 1,190 0.46 2.30 $ 77.00 $ 160,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 560 1.89 9.46 $ 72.30 $ 150,390
Wyoming 380 1.46 7.31 $ 56.08 $ 116,650
Texas 15,090 1.25 6.23 $ 81.61 $ 169,760
Oklahoma 1,890 1.21 6.03 $ 75.19 $ 156,390
Louisiana 1,610 0.90 4.47 $ 62.31 $ 129,610




Top paying states for Petroleum Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 170 0.04 0.22 $ 88.73 $ 184,560
Texas 15,090 1.25 6.23 $ 81.61 $ 169,760
Florida (8) (8) (8) $ 77.26 $ 160,710
Colorado 1,190 0.46 2.30 $ 77.00 $ 160,150
Oklahoma 1,890 1.21 6.03 $ 75.19 $ 156,390





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Petroleum Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,220 2.77 13.83 $ 85.69 $ 178,240
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,370 0.66 3.29 (8) (8)
Midland, TX 1,400 14.12 70.52 $ 64.42 $ 134,000
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,080 2.09 10.44 $ 65.06 $ 135,320
Bakersfield, CA 1,050 3.44 17.18 $ 67.60 $ 140,620
Oklahoma City, OK 990 1.62 8.10 $ 75.28 $ 156,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 990 0.17 0.85 $ 67.61 $ 140,620
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 870 0.60 2.99 $ 76.97 $ 160,100
Tulsa, OK 540 1.27 6.32 (8) (8)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 480 0.45 2.26 $ 67.92 $ 141,270




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 1,400 14.12 70.52 $ 64.42 $ 134,000
Casper, WY 170 4.66 23.28 $ 61.76 $ 128,460
Bakersfield, CA 1,050 3.44 17.18 $ 67.60 $ 140,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,220 2.77 13.83 $ 85.69 $ 178,240
Anchorage, AK 430 2.64 13.20 $ 72.73 $ 151,280
Odessa, TX 190 2.53 12.65 $ 65.96 $ 137,200
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,080 2.09 10.44 $ 65.06 $ 135,320
Farmington, NM 70 1.70 8.50 $ 41.66 $ 86,660
Oklahoma City, OK 990 1.62 8.10 $ 75.28 $ 156,590
Lake Charles, LA 150 1.45 7.22 $ 55.28 $ 114,990




Top paying metropolitan areas for Petroleum Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.60 2.98 $ 89.00 $ 185,130
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,220 2.77 13.83 $ 85.69 $ 178,240
Wichita Falls, TX 60 1.13 5.62 $ 84.09 $ 174,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 0.72 $ 77.88 $ 161,980
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 870 0.60 2.99 $ 76.97 $ 160,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $ 75.90 $ 157,870
Oklahoma City, OK 990 1.62 8.10 $ 75.28 $ 156,590
Wheeling, WV-OH 60 1.08 5.41 $ 74.55 $ 155,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 380 0.37 1.87 $ 73.89 $ 153,690
San Angelo, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 73.20 $ 152,260

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Petroleum Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 640 3.33 16.63 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 290 1.87 9.36 $ 54.56 $ 113,490
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.89 4.42 (8) (8)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.35 6.72 $ 43.25 $ 89,960
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.33 6.62 $ 54.99 $ 114,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Petroleum Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 640 3.33 16.63 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 290 1.87 9.36 $ 54.56 $ 113,490
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.35 6.72 $ 43.25 $ 89,960
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.33 6.62 $ 54.99 $ 114,370
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.28 6.38 $ 54.59 $ 113,550

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Petroleum Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.18 5.90 $ 71.91 $ 149,560
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 2.84 $ 69.09 $ 143,700
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.77 3.85 $ 69.04 $ 143,600
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 4.80 $ 63.90 $ 132,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.17 0.87 $ 62.51 $ 130,020


About May 2020 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 $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021