Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

47-5013 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.


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)
42,890 3.2 % $25.73 $53,520 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.36 $18.08 $23.37 $30.08 $38.35
Annual Wage (2) $31,950 $37,610 $48,610 $62,570 $79,770


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)
Support Activities for Mining 29,220 10.41 $24.62 $51,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,850 4.88 $28.95 $60,220
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 970 0.14 $23.53 $48,940
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 750 0.35 $29.12 $60,570
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 670 0.46 $28.13 $58,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 29,220 10.41 $24.62 $51,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,850 4.88 $28.95 $60,220
Natural Gas Distribution 620 0.55 $28.19 $58,630
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 670 0.46 $28.13 $58,510
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 750 0.35 $29.12 $60,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 380 0.03 $31.81 $66,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises 180 0.01 $31.06 $64,610
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 750 0.35 $29.12 $60,570
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,850 4.88 $28.95 $60,220
Natural Gas Distribution 620 0.55 $28.19 $58,630


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 20,310 1.73 5.66 $25.81 $53,690
Oklahoma 3,350 2.11 6.92 $21.89 $45,530
California 2,430 0.15 0.50 $28.10 $58,450
Louisiana 2,270 1.18 3.87 $28.48 $59,250
Colorado 1,930 0.77 2.52 $25.33 $52,680




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)
Wyoming 1,530 5.56 18.19 $26.71 $55,560
Alaska 1,620 5.00 16.36 $31.73 $66,000
Oklahoma 3,350 2.11 6.92 $21.89 $45,530
New Mexico 1,570 1.95 6.37 $24.42 $50,790
North Dakota 820 1.93 6.31 $26.77 $55,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,620 5.00 16.36 $31.73 $66,000
Utah 560 0.41 1.33 $30.45 $63,330
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $29.59 $61,550
Montana 260 0.56 1.84 $28.53 $59,350
Louisiana 2,270 1.18 3.87 $28.48 $59,250





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 5,800 1.98 6.47 $26.64 $55,410
Midland, TX 1,830 21.20 69.39 $24.38 $50,720
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,480 1.51 4.95 $27.42 $57,040
Bakersfield, CA 1,310 4.46 14.60 $28.35 $58,980
Odessa, TX 1,160 17.12 56.03 $25.18 $52,370
Lafayette, LA 920 4.52 14.80 $26.26 $54,620
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.36 1.16 $28.51 $59,300
Greeley, CO 750 7.85 25.70 $21.61 $44,940
Longview, TX 690 7.17 23.47 $21.66 $45,040
Pittsburgh, PA 680 0.60 1.96 $23.65 $49,190




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 1,830 21.20 69.39 $24.38 $50,720
Odessa, TX 1,160 17.12 56.03 $25.18 $52,370
Farmington, NM 490 9.95 32.57 $27.40 $56,980
Casper, WY 330 8.20 26.84 $23.49 $48,860
Greeley, CO 750 7.85 25.70 $21.61 $44,940
Longview, TX 690 7.17 23.47 $21.66 $45,040
Victoria, TX 260 6.25 20.45 $23.52 $48,930
San Angelo, TX 250 5.33 17.43 $24.04 $49,990
Lafayette, LA 920 4.52 14.80 $26.26 $54,620
Bakersfield, CA 1,310 4.46 14.60 $28.35 $58,980




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)
Corpus Christi, TX 590 3.15 10.32 $40.83 $84,920
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 0.23 $36.14 $75,170
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 370 0.67 2.18 $33.59 $69,870
Anchorage, AK 340 1.94 6.37 $30.69 $63,830
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 400 4.41 14.42 $29.88 $62,150
Cheyenne, WY 100 2.30 7.53 $29.71 $61,800
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.71 $61,800
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (8) (8) (8) $28.83 $59,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.36 1.16 $28.51 $59,300
Bakersfield, CA 1,310 4.46 14.60 $28.35 $58,980

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,050 10.57 34.59 $26.55 $55,230
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 1,220 16.57 54.24 $31.92 $66,390
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,070 4.03 13.18 $22.75 $47,320
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,050 8.08 26.46 $22.99 $47,810
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 870 5.91 19.36 $23.57 $49,030

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 1,220 16.57 54.24 $31.92 $66,390
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 490 11.32 37.06 $30.22 $62,860
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,050 10.57 34.59 $26.55 $55,230
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 570 9.00 29.45 $18.75 $38,990
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 580 8.84 28.92 $26.81 $55,770

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 1,220 16.57 54.24 $31.92 $66,390
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 130 2.11 6.90 $31.87 $66,300
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.82 $66,190
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 420 2.61 8.53 $31.79 $66,130
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.67 5.48 $30.41 $63,250


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