Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
10,150 10.5 % $20.21 $42,040 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.18 $14.36 $19.58 $25.51 $31.18
Annual Wage (2) $21,180 $29,870 $40,720 $53,060 $64,850

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 2,550 $23.39 $48,650 1 6
Architectural and engineering services 2,500 $16.57 $34,460 2 16
Support activities for mining 1,640 $20.55 $42,740 3 8
Management and technical consulting services 500 $16.48 $34,270 4 17
Scientific research and development services 480 $19.64 $40,850 5 10

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 360 $27.39 $56,960 6 1
Power generation and supply (6) $27.31 $56,810 (6) 2
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 170 $25.85 $53,770 9 3
Other financial investment activities 80 $23.67 $49,240 15 4
Management of companies and enterprises 190 $23.61 $49,120 8 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 320 $25.53 $53,110 0.109% 144
Wyoming 140 $20.04 $41,690 0.058% 152
Oklahoma 660 $18.31 $38,080 0.046% 223
Texas 3,520 $20.89 $43,450 0.038% 236
Louisiana 590 $24.83 $51,640 0.032% 102

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Illinois 110 $25.93 $53,940 0.002% 142
Alaska 320 $25.53 $53,110 0.109% 144
New York 50 $25.40 $52,840 0.001% 227
Louisiana 590 $24.83 $51,640 0.032% 102
Kansas (6) $23.90 $49,710 (6) 116

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 170 $18.18 $37,810 0.166%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 220 $25.73 $53,520 0.099%
Houston, TX PMSA 1,670 $21.75 $45,240 0.081%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 110 $17.01 $35,380 0.070%
Oklahoma City, OK MSA 330 $18.42 $38,300 0.063%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bakersfield, CA MSA 220 $25.73 $53,520 0.099%
Lafayette, LA MSA 90 $24.88 $51,740 0.055%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 50 $24.82 $51,630 0.017%
New Orleans, LA MSA 290 $24.81 $51,600 0.048%
Dallas, TX PMSA (6) $24.12 $50,170 (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) 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 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: May 7, 2004

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