Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
11,660 10.3 % $22.83 $47,480 4.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.93 $14.38 $20.06 $28.04 $39.13
Annual Wage (2) $20,640 $29,910 $41,730 $58,320 $81,390

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and gas extraction 3,260 $27.65 $57,520
Support activities for mining 2,550 $20.56 $42,760
Architectural and engineering services 2,500 $17.14 $35,660
Management and technical consulting services 610 $21.19 $44,070
Colleges and universities 240 $17.50 $36,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Chemical merchant wholesalers 170 $30.07 $62,550
Power generation and supply 40 $28.39 $59,050
Oil and gas extraction 3,260 $27.65 $57,520
Management of companies and enterprises 130 $25.47 $52,980
Petroleum merchant wholesalers 40 $21.87 $45,490

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 350 $23.77 $49,440 0.118%
Wyoming 210 $20.98 $43,630 0.085%
Oklahoma 770 $19.35 $40,240 0.054%
Texas 3,760 $19.33 $40,200 0.040%
Louisiana 490 $26.59 $55,300 0.026%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 2,550 $32.94 $68,510 0.017%
Illinois 60 $30.46 $63,360 0.001%
Maryland (7) $29.17 $60,670 (7)
Louisiana 490 $26.59 $55,300 0.026%
Indiana 40 $26.33 $54,770 0.001%

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 340 $23.79 $49,480 0.241%
Casper, WY MSA 60 $22.28 $46,340 0.170%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 380 $25.01 $52,010 0.160%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 130 $21.58 $44,900 0.119%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 170 $26.72 $55,590 0.107%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 170 $26.72 $55,590 0.107%
Lafayette, LA MSA (7) $26.50 $55,110 (7)
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 50 $25.47 $52,980 0.017%
Denver, CO PMSA 260 $25.33 $52,680 0.023%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 380 $25.01 $52,010 0.160%

About November 2004 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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