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 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)
15,100 4.6 % $29.92 $62,240 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

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: 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 4,060 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 in this occupation:

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 this occupation:

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: 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 6,340 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




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 490 1.50 13.98 $35.39 $73,620
Wyoming 300 1.10 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




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 490 1.50 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 1.20 $32.20 $66,970
Kentucky 80 0.04 0.40 $31.70 $65,930





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 2,780 0.95 8.80 $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




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)
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 8.80 $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




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,780 0.95 8.80 $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 0.50 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 in this occupation:

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
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
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 in this occupation:

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
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 this occupation:

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:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017