Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
10,310 7.3 % $20.88 $43,420 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.59 $14.38 $19.60 $25.76 $32.56
Annual Wage (2) $22,020 $29,900 $40,770 $53,580 $67,720

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 2,350 $16.44 $34,190
Oil and gas extraction 2,280 $23.45 $48,780
Support activities for mining 2,120 $20.25 $42,120
Management and technical consulting services 570 $18.03 $37,510
Scientific research and development services 340 $18.30 $38,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 110 $26.58 $55,280
Other pipeline transportation 30 $25.33 $52,690
Other financial investment activities 70 $24.75 $51,470
Chemical merchant wholesalers 110 $23.49 $48,870
Oil and gas extraction 2,280 $23.45 $48,780

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
Alaska 340 $24.95 $51,890 0.117%
Wyoming 180 $20.61 $42,860 0.075%
Oklahoma 730 $19.53 $40,610 0.052%
Texas 3,310 $20.36 $42,340 0.036%
Louisiana 430 $24.34 $50,620 0.023%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois 100 $26.39 $54,900 0.002%
California 1,810 $25.01 $52,030 0.013%
Alaska 340 $24.95 $51,890 0.117%
Michigan 60 $24.86 $51,700 0.001%
Louisiana 430 $24.34 $50,620 0.023%

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
Anchorage, AK MSA 320 $24.93 $51,850 0.232%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 150 $19.18 $39,890 0.145%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 320 $23.82 $49,550 0.141%
Houston, TX PMSA 1,710 $21.00 $43,670 0.084%
Tyler, TX MSA 60 $13.88 $28,860 0.071%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 130 $25.64 $53,340 0.017%
Anchorage, AK MSA 320 $24.93 $51,850 0.232%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 40 $24.89 $51,760 0.014%
Lafayette, LA MSA 50 $24.61 $51,200 0.030%
Denver, CO PMSA 190 $24.18 $50,300 0.017%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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