Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
39,270 3.1 % $25.66 $53,370 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.69 $18.47 $23.21 $29.73 $37.79
Annual Wage (2) $32,640 $38,420 $48,290 $61,840 $78,600


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 27,680 10.14 $24.42 $50,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,470 4.77 $29.28 $60,900
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 970 0.28 $28.84 $59,990
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 790 0.12 $22.98 $47,810
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 790 0.11 $25.83 $53,730

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 27,680 10.14 $24.42 $50,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,470 4.77 $29.28 $60,900
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 180 0.63 $28.61 $59,500
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.60 $27.50 $57,210
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 970 0.28 $28.84 $59,990

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 350 0.02 $32.66 $67,930
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 70 0.08 $32.53 $67,650
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $31.45 $65,420
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 60 0.01 $29.36 $61,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,470 4.77 $29.28 $60,900


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 18,340 1.54 5.60 $24.80 $51,580
Oklahoma 2,730 1.74 6.30 $21.60 $44,930
California 2,080 0.12 0.45 $27.30 $56,790
Louisiana 1,910 1.00 3.64 $27.01 $56,170
Colorado 1,890 0.74 2.69 $25.69 $53,440




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 1,460 5.45 19.80 $25.55 $53,140
Alaska 1,180 3.70 13.41 $31.47 $65,460
North Dakota 1,090 2.62 9.51 $31.39 $65,280
New Mexico 1,680 2.10 7.61 $27.32 $56,830
Oklahoma 2,730 1.74 6.30 $21.60 $44,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,180 3.70 13.41 $31.47 $65,460
North Dakota 1,090 2.62 9.51 $31.39 $65,280
Pennsylvania 1,740 0.30 1.09 $30.43 $63,300
Missouri 110 0.04 0.14 $30.20 $62,810
Kansas 640 0.47 1.70 $29.33 $61,010



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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 5,480 1.87 6.79 $25.80 $53,650
Midland, TX 1,630 18.51 67.19 $24.26 $50,470
Odessa, TX 1,300 19.01 68.99 $23.09 $48,020
Bakersfield, CA 1,020 3.35 12.16 $25.76 $53,570
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.41 1.48 (8) (8)
Lafayette, LA 900 4.59 16.66 $24.92 $51,830
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.87 3.15 $22.78 $47,380
Greeley, CO 820 8.41 30.51 $21.99 $45,750
Pittsburgh, PA 790 0.69 2.52 $22.13 $46,030
Longview, TX 670 7.50 27.21 $21.16 $44,020


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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)
Odessa, TX 1,300 19.01 68.99 $23.09 $48,020
Midland, TX 1,630 18.51 67.19 $24.26 $50,470
Farmington, NM 670 13.68 49.67 $30.01 $62,420
Casper, WY 330 8.73 31.67 $22.62 $47,050
Greeley, CO 820 8.41 30.51 $21.99 $45,750
Longview, TX 670 7.50 27.21 $21.16 $44,020
Victoria, TX 290 7.30 26.51 $23.94 $49,790
Enid, OK 120 4.67 16.97 $21.38 $44,460
Lafayette, LA 900 4.59 16.66 $24.92 $51,830
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 290 3.48 12.61 $27.71 $57,630


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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)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.07 $64,630
Cheyenne, WY 80 1.87 6.79 $30.04 $62,490
Farmington, NM 670 13.68 49.67 $30.01 $62,420
Anchorage, AK 270 1.56 5.68 $28.67 $59,630
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.53 $59,340
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA (8) (8) (8) $28.45 $59,180
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 290 3.48 12.61 $27.71 $57,630
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 90 0.25 0.90 $27.70 $57,610
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $27.02 $56,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.76 $55,670

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 Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,900 9.92 36.01 $28.41 $59,080
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 980 7.67 27.83 $25.38 $52,790
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 12.08 43.86 $32.17 $66,920
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 840 3.11 11.31 $23.35 $48,560
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 770 5.39 19.57 $23.31 $48,490

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 770 12.64 45.89 $31.70 $65,930
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 12.08 43.86 $32.17 $66,920
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,900 9.92 36.01 $28.41 $59,080
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 390 9.36 33.97 $26.08 $54,240
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 770 8.10 29.40 $25.22 $52,450

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)
Northwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 390 6.53 23.69 $33.38 $69,430
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 12.08 43.86 $32.17 $66,920
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.87 $66,290
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 770 12.64 45.89 $31.70 $65,930
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 5.25 19.05 $30.21 $62,830


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018