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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
15,060 4.4 % $30.23 $62,890 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.47 $17.78 $25.62 $37.60 $51.98
Annual Wage (2) $28,020 $36,990 $53,300 $78,220 $108,110


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,400 0.30 $23.81 $49,520
Support Activities for Mining 3,460 1.08 $28.26 $58,780
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,990 2.12 $35.92 $74,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 760 0.05 $36.49 $75,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises 520 0.02 $46.44 $96,600

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 2,990 2.12 $35.92 $74,710
Support Activities for Mining 3,460 1.08 $28.26 $58,780
Metal Ore Mining 280 0.69 $31.13 $64,750
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.44 $40.72 $84,700
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 120 0.41 $30.09 $62,590

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 520 0.02 $46.44 $96,600
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.44 $40.72 $84,700
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $37.83 $78,700
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 60 0.01 $37.33 $77,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 760 0.05 $36.49 $75,900


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 6,000 0.50 4.76 $32.10 $66,760
California 1,630 0.10 0.92 $25.43 $52,900
Oklahoma 1,250 0.78 7.54 $26.72 $55,580
Colorado 720 0.27 2.63 (8) (8)
Louisiana 710 0.37 3.54 $31.08 $64,640




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 350 1.10 10.58 $36.85 $76,650
Oklahoma 1,250 0.78 7.54 $26.72 $55,580
Wyoming 150 0.56 5.38 $28.56 $59,410
Montana 250 0.54 5.17 $29.68 $61,730
Texas 6,000 0.50 4.76 $32.10 $66,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 70 0.09 0.83 $43.28 $90,010
Alaska 350 1.10 10.58 $36.85 $76,650
Texas 6,000 0.50 4.76 $32.10 $66,760
Nebraska 30 0.03 0.32 $31.96 $66,470
Louisiana 710 0.37 3.54 $31.08 $64,640





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 2,650 0.89 8.54 $35.50 $73,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 840 0.24 2.26 $36.14 $75,160
Oklahoma City, OK 720 1.17 11.25 $22.44 $46,680
Bakersfield, CA 440 1.45 13.91 $29.85 $62,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 0.66 $20.87 $43,400
Midland, TX 390 3.81 36.56 $36.19 $75,270
Pittsburgh, PA 360 0.31 3.01 $23.11 $48,070
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.62 5.98 $33.51 $69,690
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 320 0.31 3.02 $23.32 $48,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 300 0.15 1.39 $22.72 $47,260




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 390 3.81 36.56 $36.19 $75,270
Odessa, TX 260 3.46 33.20 $28.27 $58,800
Bakersfield, CA 440 1.45 13.91 $29.85 $62,080
Billings, MT 110 1.24 11.95 $29.78 $61,940
Oklahoma City, OK 720 1.17 11.25 $22.44 $46,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,650 0.89 8.54 $35.50 $73,840
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.89 8.58 $22.38 $46,560
Corpus Christi, TX 150 0.80 7.71 $23.10 $48,040
Anchorage, AK 140 0.80 7.64 $34.50 $71,770
Lafayette, LA 130 0.64 6.12 $30.92 $64,310




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)
Greeley, CO 30 0.30 2.88 $37.45 $77,890
Midland, TX 390 3.81 36.56 $36.19 $75,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 840 0.24 2.26 $36.14 $75,160
Tulsa, OK 200 0.46 4.38 $35.51 $73,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,650 0.89 8.54 $35.50 $73,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 100 0.04 0.36 $34.76 $72,300
Longview, TX (8) (8) (8) $34.58 $71,930
Anchorage, AK 140 0.80 7.64 $34.50 $71,770
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.62 5.98 $33.51 $69,690
Lafayette, LA 130 0.64 6.12 $30.92 $64,310

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.46 14.07 $26.95 $56,050
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 1.20 11.56 $31.53 $65,590
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 9.03 $27.20 $56,580
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 5.77 $27.45 $57,100
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 7.47 $30.14 $62,690

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.46 14.07 $26.95 $56,050
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 1.20 11.56 $31.53 $65,590
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 9.86 $25.44 $52,910
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.98 9.45 $27.39 $56,960
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 9.03 $27.20 $56,580

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.75 $88,930
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.87 $80,850
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 3.50 $38.03 $79,100
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.21 $71,160
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 1.20 11.56 $31.53 $65,590


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019