Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, 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 metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.


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)
13,560 5.4 % $29.04 $60,410 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.40 $18.75 $25.97 $35.53 $48.01
Annual Wage (2) $29,950 $38,990 $54,020 $73,910 $99,860


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 3,730 2.40 $31.39 $65,290
Support Activities for Mining 3,490 1.31 $25.86 $53,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,430 0.19 $22.39 $46,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 900 0.80 $48.34 $100,540
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 470 0.05 $23.06 $47,970

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 3,730 2.40 $31.39 $65,290
Support Activities for Mining 3,490 1.31 $25.86 $53,780
Other Pipeline Transportation 60 0.85 $29.91 $62,220
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 900 0.80 $48.34 $100,540
Metal Ore Mining 180 0.53 $23.19 $48,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 900 0.80 $48.34 $100,540
Employment Services 80 (7) $39.43 $82,010
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $33.73 $70,150
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 120 0.08 $33.50 $69,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.03 $32.58 $67,760


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 5,520 0.55 5.13 $28.36 $58,990
Louisiana 1,550 0.85 7.92 $28.72 $59,730
California 1,280 0.09 0.85 $44.85 $93,280
Oklahoma 840 0.57 5.30 $24.14 $50,210
Colorado 660 0.31 2.87 $29.90 $62,190




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)
Louisiana 1,550 0.85 7.92 $28.72 $59,730
Alaska 200 0.66 6.18 $32.30 $67,190
Wyoming 170 0.62 5.78 $29.26 $60,860
Oklahoma 840 0.57 5.30 $24.14 $50,210
Texas 5,520 0.55 5.13 $28.36 $58,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,280 0.09 0.85 $44.85 $93,280
Nevada 100 0.09 0.86 $36.55 $76,020
Alaska 200 0.66 6.18 $32.30 $67,190
New York 420 0.05 0.47 $30.94 $64,360
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $29.94 $62,270

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 2,580 1.03 9.69 $33.46 $69,590
Lafayette, LA 590 4.18 39.21 $27.99 $58,220
Midland, TX 480 7.44 69.71 $22.21 $46,190
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 480 0.94 8.84 $30.38 $63,180
Denver-Aurora, CO 430 0.36 3.37 $32.46 $67,520
Corpus Christi, TX 410 2.36 22.17 $22.06 $45,880
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 410 0.49 4.58 $25.21 $52,430
Oklahoma City, OK 390 0.70 6.59 $23.52 $48,920
Austin-Round Rock, TX 250 0.32 3.04 $22.04 $45,830
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.86 8.02 $32.12 $66,820




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 480 7.44 69.71 $22.21 $46,190
Lafayette, LA 590 4.18 39.21 $27.99 $58,220
Corpus Christi, TX 410 2.36 22.17 $22.06 $45,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,580 1.03 9.69 $33.46 $69,590
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 480 0.94 8.84 $30.38 $63,180
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.86 8.02 $32.12 $66,820
College Station-Bryan, TX 70 0.77 7.19 $20.63 $42,920
Oklahoma City, OK 390 0.70 6.59 $23.52 $48,920
Odessa, TX 40 0.69 6.47 $26.53 $55,190
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 90 0.56 5.21 $21.51 $44,730




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $47.58 $98,960
Anchorage, AK 50 0.32 3.02 $40.14 $83,480
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.27 $81,670
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (8) (8) (8) $35.55 $73,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.17 1.55 $33.91 $70,520
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.51 $33.65 $70,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,580 1.03 9.69 $33.46 $69,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.16 $33.09 $68,830
Denver-Aurora, CO 430 0.36 3.37 $32.46 $67,520
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.86 8.02 $32.12 $66,820

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 270 1.10 10.33 $24.59 $51,150
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 11.23 $28.84 $59,980
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.31 12.32 $23.51 $48,900
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.97 18.50 $29.32 $60,980
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 8.06 $32.82 $68,260

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.97 18.50 $29.32 $60,980
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.31 12.32 $23.51 $48,900
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 11.23 $28.84 $59,980
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.10 10.33 $24.59 $51,150
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 8.06 $32.82 $68,260

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.86 8.06 $32.82 $68,260
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.33 $67,240
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.97 18.50 $29.32 $60,980
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.85 $60,000
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 11.23 $28.84 $59,980


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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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