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Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 211

About the Oil and Gas Extraction subsector

The oil and gas extraction subsector is part of the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector.

Industries in the Oil and Gas Extraction subsector operate and/or develop oil and gas field properties. Such activities may include exploration for crude petroleum and natural gas; drilling, completing, and equipping wells; operating separators, emulsion breakers, desilting equipment, and field gathering lines for crude petroleum and natural gas; and all other activities in the preparation of oil and gas up to the point of shipment from the producing property. This subsector includes the production of crude petroleum, the mining and extraction of oil from oil shale and oil sands, and the production of natural gas, sulfur recovery from natural gas, and recovery of hydrocarbon liquids.

North American Industry Classification System

The oil and gas extraction subsector consists of a single industry group, Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 2111.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in oil and gas extraction. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

156.4 155.4 (p)153.1 (p)151.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

87.5 86.4 (p)84.8  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

4,170

Petroleum engineers

10,820

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

4,640

Roustabouts, oil and gas

4,900

Wellhead pumpers

8,120

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for oil and gas extraction.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in oil and gas extraction.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Average hourly earnings

$48.37 $49.18 $48.04 (p)$48.74

Average weekly hours

44.1 43.2 41.5 (p)40.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Average hourly earnings

$38.26 $38.74 $38.37 (p)$38.74

Average weekly hours

45.6 44.3 41.8 (p)40.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

71.14 79.53 147,970 165,430

Petroleum engineers

65.97 74.69 137,210 155,350

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

34.89 34.94 72,570 72,680

Roustabouts, oil and gas

21.32 22.61 44,350 47,020

Wellhead pumpers

28.00 27.51 58,240 57,210

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in oil and gas extraction. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

6 9 8 13

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

0.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.4

Cases involving days away from work

0.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.1

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Producer price index

(p)109.8 (p)83.8 (p)54.0 (p)75.0

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-16.2% (p)-23.7% (p)-35.6% (p)38.9%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in oil and gas extraction. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)7,120 (p)7,055 (p)7,064 (p)7,019

Local government

(p)1 (p)1 (p)1 (p)1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

133.636 182.368 209.087 204.341

Percent change from previous year

11.3 36.5 14.7 -2.3

Labor index, total labor hours

125.111 95.865 96.897 110.057

Percent change from previous year

-14.2 -23.4 1.1 13.6

Output index

167.193 174.827 202.599 224.892

Percent change from previous year

-4.5 4.6 15.9 11.0

Unit labor costs index

85.032 68.716 59.975 57.957

Percent change from previous year

-5.2 -19.2 -12.7 -3.4

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 02, 2020