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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 Geological and Petroleum Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Geological and Petroleum Technicians:
Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage
RSE (3)
15,100 4.60% $29.92 $62,240 2.50%
Percentile wage estimates for Geological and Petroleum Technicians:
Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%

Hourly Wage

$12.19 $18.14 $27.15 $37.61 $49.56

Annual Wage (2)

$25,350 $37,720 $56,470 $78,220 $103,080

Industry profile for this occupation:

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 for Geological and Petroleum Technicians:
Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

4,060 0.29 $23.33 $48,520

Support Activities for Mining

3,990 1.42 $29.44 $61,230

Oil and Gas Extraction

3,470 1.91 $36.50 $75,920

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

690 0.05 $25.94 $53,940

Management of Companies and Enterprises

690 0.03 $40.68 $84,620
Industries with the highest concentration of employment for Geological and Petroleum Technicians:
Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Oil and Gas Extraction

3,470 1.91 $36.50 $75,920

Support Activities for Mining

3,990 1.42 $29.44 $61,230

Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas

170 0.59 $28.39 $59,050

Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil

50 0.43 $45.14 $93,880

Metal Ore Mining

130 0.33 $27.65 $57,510
Top paying industries for Geological and Petroleum Technicians:
Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil

50 0.43 $45.14 $93,880

Management of Companies and Enterprises

690 0.03 $40.68 $84,620

Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

-8 -8 $39.42 $81,990

Oil and Gas Extraction

3,470 1.91 $36.50 $75,920

Natural Gas Distribution

40 0.03 $35.84 $74,560

Geographic profile for this occupation:

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.



Employment of geological and petroleum technician, by state, May 2016
States with the highest employment level for geological and petroleum technician:
State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient(9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Texas

6,340 0.54 5.02 $32.94 $68,510

California

1,440 0.09 0.84 $27.41 $57,010

Oklahoma

1,340 0.85 7.87 $28.44 $59,160

Louisiana

740 0.38 3.56 $28.06 $58,370

Pennsylvania

630 0.11 1.03 $25.11 $52,220
Location quotient of geological and petroleum technician, by state, May 2016
States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients for geological and petroleum technician:
State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Alaska

490 1.5 13.98 $35.39 $73,620

Wyoming

300 1.1 10.27 $26.95 $56,060

Oklahoma

1,340 0.85 7.87 $28.44 $59,160

Texas

6,340 0.54 5.02 $32.94 $68,510

Louisiana

740 0.38 3.56 $28.06 $58,370
Annual mean wage of geological and petroleum technician, by state, May 2016
Top paying States for geological and petroleum technician:
State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Alaska

490 1.5 13.98 $35.39 $73,620

Colorado

590 0.23 2.18 $33.66 $70,000

Texas

6,340 0.54 5.02 $32.94 $68,510

Montana

60 0.13 1.2 $32.20 $66,970

Kentucky

80 0.04 0.4 $31.70 $65,930
Employment of geological and petroleum technician, by area, May 2016
Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for geological and petroleum technicians:
Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2,780 0.95 8.8 $41.44 $86,200

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

620 0.26 2.37 $22.15 $46,070

Oklahoma City, OK

560 0.92 8.54 $25.12 $52,260

Bakersfield, CA

510 1.73 16.06 $27.62 $57,450

Tulsa, OK

350 0.81 7.51 $29.78 $61,930

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

350 0.63 5.83 $28.66 $59,610

Pittsburgh, PA

350 0.31 2.84 $25.97 $54,020

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

350 0.24 2.27 $38.28 $79,620

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

340 0.35 3.23 $38.82 $80,740

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division

220 0.05 0.49 $20.17 $41,950
Location quotient of geological and petroleum technician, by area, May 2016
Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients for geological and petroleum technicians:
Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Casper, WY

130 3.15 29.31 $30.18 $62,770

Bakersfield, CA

510 1.73 16.06 $27.62 $57,450

Lafayette, LA

200 0.98 9.13 $28.47 $59,220

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2,780 0.95 8.8 $41.44 $86,200

Odessa, TX

60 0.94 8.74 $30.64 $63,740

Oklahoma City, OK

560 0.92 8.54 $25.12 $52,260

Corpus Christi, TX

160 0.87 8.13 $22.94 $47,710

Tulsa, OK

350 0.81 7.51 $29.78 $61,930

Reno, NV

150 0.72 6.66 $19.49 $40,540

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

350 0.63 5.83 $28.66 $59,610
Annual mean wage of geological and petroleum technician, by area, May 2016
Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation for geological and petroleum technicians:
Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2,780 0.95 8.8 $41.44 $86,200

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

340 0.35 3.23 $38.82 $80,740

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

350 0.24 2.27 $38.28 $79,620

Jackson, MS

90 0.33 3.04 $33.67 $70,040

Billings, MT

40 0.5 4.64 $33.67 $70,040

Anchorage, AK

90 0.51 4.78 $33.67 $70,020

Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division

30 0.06 0.56 $31.18 $64,860

Salt Lake City, UT

120 0.17 1.61 $30.86 $64,190

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

210 0.15 1.39 $30.76 $63,980

Odessa, TX

60 0.94 8.74 $30.64 $63,740
Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment for geological and petroleum technicians:
Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area

360 4.95 46.03 $35.82 $74,510

Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area

150 1.25 11.62 $31.14 $64,760

Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

140 1.13 10.48 $31.16 $64,810

North Texas nonmetropolitan area

140 0.51 4.76 (8) (8)

Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area

110 1.86 17.32 $22.65 $47,110
Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients for geological and petroleum technicians:
Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area

360 4.95 46.03 $35.82 $74,510

Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area

110 1.86 17.32 $22.65 $47,110

Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

150 1.25 11.62 $31.14 $64,760

Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

140 1.13 10.48 $31.16 $64,810

Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area

50 1.08 10.08 (8) (8)
Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for geological and petroleum technicians:
Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)

Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area

360 4.95 46.03 $35.82 $74,510

West Texas nonmetropolitan area

-8 -8 -8 $35.28 $73,390

East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area

30 0.33 3.05 $32.21 $66,990

Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

140 1.13 10.48 $31.16 $64,810

Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area

150 1.25 11.62 $31.14 $64,760

About May 2016 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:

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017