Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


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)
28,210 4.7 % $61.53 $127,970 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.52 $41.31 $54.85 $76.24 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $63,480 $85,930 $114,080 $158,580 (5)


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)
Oil and Gas Extraction 13,270 8.56 $66.41 $138,130
Support Activities for Mining 4,220 1.59 $51.16 $106,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,210 0.17 $57.62 $119,850
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,100 1.88 $60.13 $125,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,890 0.10 $67.78 $140,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 13,270 8.56 $66.41 $138,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,100 1.88 $60.13 $125,070
Support Activities for Mining 4,220 1.59 $51.16 $106,410
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 360 1.35 $50.17 $104,340
Natural Gas Distribution 600 0.55 $52.85 $109,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,890 0.10 $67.78 $140,980
Oil and Gas Extraction 13,270 8.56 $66.41 $138,130
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 510 0.36 $63.26 $131,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.07 $63.09 $131,230
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 950 0.10 $61.88 $128,720


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 15,510 1.54 6.92 $63.33 $131,730
Oklahoma 2,840 1.91 8.61 $68.70 $142,890
Louisiana 2,490 1.36 6.11 $52.11 $108,390
California 1,060 0.08 0.34 $57.62 $119,860
Alaska 1,040 3.38 15.22 $75.71 $157,480




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)
Alaska 1,040 3.38 15.22 $75.71 $157,480
Wyoming 530 1.96 8.85 $41.79 $86,930
Oklahoma 2,840 1.91 8.61 $68.70 $142,890
Texas 15,510 1.54 6.92 $63.33 $131,730
Louisiana 2,490 1.36 6.11 $52.11 $108,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $99.29 $206,530
Alaska 1,040 3.38 15.22 $75.71 $157,480
Oklahoma 2,840 1.91 8.61 $68.70 $142,890
Texas 15,510 1.54 6.92 $63.33 $131,730
New York (8) (8) (8) $62.77 $130,560

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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,380 4.15 18.71 $65.03 $135,270
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,360 2.70 12.17 $56.64 $117,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.62 2.79 $64.35 $133,840
Midland, TX 860 13.38 60.27 $57.83 $120,280
Denver-Aurora, CO 770 0.65 2.94 $63.96 $133,050
Tulsa, OK 740 1.82 8.22 $65.84 $136,940
Anchorage, AK 730 4.45 20.03 $81.64 $169,810
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 700 0.85 3.81 $64.65 $134,480
Lafayette, LA 350 2.46 11.06 $46.77 $97,290
Bakersfield, CA 350 1.38 6.24 $60.45 $125,740




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)
Midland, TX 860 13.38 60.27 $57.83 $120,280
Casper, WY 250 6.70 30.17 $39.18 $81,480
Anchorage, AK 730 4.45 20.03 $81.64 $169,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,380 4.15 18.71 $65.03 $135,270
Farmington, NM 150 3.08 13.88 $55.39 $115,220
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,360 2.70 12.17 $56.64 $117,810
Lafayette, LA 350 2.46 11.06 $46.77 $97,290
Odessa, TX 130 2.36 10.64 $40.80 $84,860
Longview, TX 180 1.99 8.98 $34.83 $72,440
Tulsa, OK 740 1.82 8.22 $65.84 $136,940




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)
Anchorage, AK 730 4.45 20.03 $81.64 $169,810
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 0.42 $77.88 $161,980
Fort Smith, AR-OK 50 0.40 1.82 $77.53 $161,260
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $75.63 $157,310
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.13 0.56 $72.43 $150,660
College Station-Bryan, TX 60 0.61 2.73 $70.90 $147,480
Billings, MT 40 0.49 2.21 $69.41 $144,380
Tulsa, OK 740 1.82 8.22 $65.84 $136,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,380 4.15 18.71 $65.03 $135,270
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 700 0.85 3.81 $64.65 $134,480

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.32 5.94 $65.24 $135,700
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.41 15.36 $60.33 $125,480
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.42 6.39 $42.96 $89,350
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 180 3.03 13.67 $43.18 $89,820
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 4.49 20.22 $107.93 $224,500

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 Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 4.49 20.22 $107.93 $224,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.41 15.36 $60.33 $125,480
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 180 3.03 13.67 $43.18 $89,820
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.87 8.42 $41.51 $86,330
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 170 1.45 6.53 $52.80 $109,820

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 4.49 20.22 $107.93 $224,500
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.64 $87.47 $181,940
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.32 5.94 $65.24 $135,700
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 5.11 $60.80 $126,470
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.41 15.36 $60.33 $125,480


About May 2010 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 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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