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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-5013 Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. Includes fishing-tool technicians.


National estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas

National estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,840 4.0 % $ 25.25 $ 52,510 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.10 $ 17.89 $ 22.78 $ 30.01 $ 38.34
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,400 $ 37,220 $ 47,380 $ 62,420 $ 79,750


Industry profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 30,940 11.37 $ 23.62 $ 49,140
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 5.22 $ 31.49 $ 65,490
Natural Gas Distribution 580 0.53 $ 29.44 $ 61,230
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 510 0.07 $ 27.85 $ 57,930
Management of Companies and Enterprises 300 0.01 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 30,940 11.37 $ 23.62 $ 49,140
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 5.22 $ 31.49 $ 65,490
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 210 0.67 $ 26.20 $ 54,490
Natural Gas Distribution 580 0.53 $ 29.44 $ 61,230
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 510 0.07 $ 27.85 $ 57,930

Top paying industries for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 5.22 $ 31.49 $ 65,490
Natural Gas Distribution 580 0.53 $ 29.44 $ 61,230
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 130 0.04 $ 28.38 $ 59,020
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 510 0.07 $ 27.85 $ 57,930
Truck Transportation (8) (8) $ 26.79 $ 55,710


Geographic profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 19,270 1.59 5.05 $ 24.70 $ 51,370
Pennsylvania 3,010 0.55 1.73 $ 20.56 $ 42,760
New Mexico 2,820 3.59 11.39 $ 30.66 $ 63,770
North Dakota 2,730 6.82 21.64 $ 27.14 $ 56,460
Oklahoma 2,450 1.57 4.97 $ 22.03 $ 45,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 2,730 6.82 21.64 $ 27.14 $ 56,460
Wyoming 1,740 6.66 21.14 $ 28.14 $ 58,530
New Mexico 2,820 3.59 11.39 $ 30.66 $ 63,770
Texas 19,270 1.59 5.05 $ 24.70 $ 51,370
Oklahoma 2,450 1.57 4.97 $ 22.03 $ 45,820




Top paying states for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 130 0.29 0.94 $ 31.26 $ 65,020
Utah 300 0.20 0.64 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
New Mexico 2,820 3.59 11.39 $ 30.66 $ 63,770
New York 40 0.00 0.02 $ 30.04 $ 62,490
West Virginia 640 0.99 3.14 $ 28.89 $ 60,100





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,840 1.63 5.17 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
Midland, TX 3,220 32.35 102.66 $ 22.13 $ 46,040
Odessa, TX 2,050 27.87 88.45 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Pittsburgh, PA 1,680 1.58 5.00 $ 18.89 $ 39,290
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,300 1.30 4.11 $ 25.50 $ 53,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,290 0.36 1.14 $ 23.54 $ 48,960
Bakersfield, CA 1,130 3.69 11.72 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
Greeley, CO 1,030 9.82 31.16 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Oklahoma City, OK 1,010 1.66 5.26 $ 22.24 $ 46,260
Longview, TX 660 7.13 22.61 $ 21.51 $ 44,740




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 3,220 32.35 102.66 $ 22.13 $ 46,040
Odessa, TX 2,050 27.87 88.45 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Farmington, NM 640 14.76 46.83 $ 28.30 $ 58,870
Greeley, CO 1,030 9.82 31.16 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Longview, TX 660 7.13 22.61 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Casper, WY 230 6.31 20.03 $ 27.02 $ 56,210
Wheeling, WV-OH 280 4.96 15.74 $ 34.30 $ 71,350
College Station-Bryan, TX 480 4.43 14.06 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Williamsport, PA 190 4.06 12.89 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Bakersfield, CA 1,130 3.69 11.72 $ 26.43 $ 54,970




Top paying metropolitan areas for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fresno, CA 40 0.09 0.30 $ 38.36 $ 79,790
Wheeling, WV-OH 280 4.96 15.74 $ 34.30 $ 71,350
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 30.93 $ 64,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 290 0.05 0.16 $ 30.45 $ 63,340
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $ 29.70 $ 61,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 28.62 $ 59,540
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Farmington, NM 640 14.76 46.83 $ 28.30 $ 58,870
Wichita Falls, TX 50 0.85 2.70 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Cheyenne, WY 90 2.05 6.50 $ 27.41 $ 57,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,660 23.00 72.98 $ 27.23 $ 56,630
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,110 13.52 42.90 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,830 9.50 30.15 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,100 7.59 24.07 $ 24.80 $ 51,580
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 880 9.30 29.50 $ 29.98 $ 62,360

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,660 23.00 72.98 $ 27.23 $ 56,630
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,110 13.52 42.90 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,830 9.50 30.15 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 880 9.30 29.50 $ 29.98 $ 62,360
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 500 8.39 26.63 $ 16.54 $ 34,400

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 3.22 $ 35.10 $ 73,000
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.74 2.35 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.97 6.26 $ 31.47 $ 65,450
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,110 13.52 42.90 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 270 3.57 11.33 $ 31.28 $ 65,060


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.

(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