Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Assist scientists in the use of electrical, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential sources of metallic ore, gas, 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 oil fields.

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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)
10,690 9.3 % $19.94 $41,470 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.94 $14.46 $18.96 $24.87 $30.38
Annual Wage (2) $20,670 $30,070 $39,430 $51,740 $63,190

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 2,340 $25.21 $52,440 1 4
Support activities for mining 2,260 $18.30 $38,060 2 12
Architectural and engineering services 2,190 $15.95 $33,190 3 20
Management and technical consulting services 660 $16.95 $35,250 4 18
Scientific research and development services 580 $19.71 $40,990 5 10

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 130 $27.62 $57,450 10 1
Coal mining 50 $27.19 $56,560 18 2
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 360 $25.65 $53,340 6 3
Oil and gas extraction 2,340 $25.21 $52,440 1 4
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 150 $24.96 $51,910 9 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 310 $24.83 $51,650 0.108% 128
Wyoming 130 $21.51 $44,750 0.054% 105
Texas 4,060 $20.54 $42,720 0.044% 208
Oklahoma 570 $18.06 $37,570 0.040% 208
Louisiana 610 $23.46 $48,800 0.033% 111

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 40 $27.76 $57,740 0.001% 100
Alaska 310 $24.83 $51,650 0.108% 128
Illinois 130 $24.26 $50,460 0.002% 161
Louisiana 610 $23.46 $48,800 0.033% 111
Utah 100 $22.49 $46,780 0.010% 141

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 130 $17.88 $37,190 0.128%
Houston, TX PMSA 1,840 $20.39 $42,410 0.090%
Oklahoma City, OK MSA 270 $18.84 $39,180 0.052%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 70 $21.14 $43,970 0.045%
Tulsa, OK MSA 130 $16.82 $34,980 0.035%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 50 $27.85 $57,920 0.033%
Dallas, TX PMSA (6) $26.86 $55,860 (6)
Mobile, AL MSA (6) $25.91 $53,900 (6)
Baton Rouge, LA MSA (6) $23.79 $49,490 (6)
Baltimore, MD PMSA (6) $22.95 $47,740 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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