Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-7073 Wellhead Pumpers

Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.


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)
12,960 7.4 % $20.45 $42,540 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.83 $14.84 $19.54 $24.73 $29.67
Annual Wage (2) $24,610 $30,860 $40,640 $51,430 $61,720


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 8,020 5.17 $21.13 $43,940
Support Activities for Mining 4,700 1.77 $19.27 $40,080
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.38 $22.13 $46,030

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 8,020 5.17 $21.13 $43,940
Support Activities for Mining 4,700 1.77 $19.27 $40,080
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.38 $22.13 $46,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.38 $22.13 $46,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,020 5.17 $21.13 $43,940
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $20.94 $43,550
Support Activities for Mining 4,700 1.77 $19.27 $40,080


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 3,810 0.38 3.71 $22.24 $46,260
Oklahoma 1,380 0.93 9.15 $19.90 $41,380
Louisiana 1,320 0.72 7.04 $18.52 $38,530
West Virginia 1,010 1.46 14.35 $15.81 $32,880
Pennsylvania 880 0.16 1.57 $17.79 $37,010




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)
West Virginia 1,010 1.46 14.35 $15.81 $32,880
Wyoming 390 1.46 14.31 $21.43 $44,570
North Dakota 500 1.41 13.82 $21.58 $44,890
Montana 500 1.19 11.63 $23.98 $49,880
Oklahoma 1,380 0.93 9.15 $19.90 $41,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California (8) (8) (8) $27.91 $58,050
Montana 500 1.19 11.63 $23.98 $49,880
Colorado 270 0.13 1.23 $23.68 $49,250
Texas 3,810 0.38 3.71 $22.24 $46,260
North Dakota 500 1.41 13.82 $21.58 $44,890

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 1,530 0.61 5.99 $23.17 $48,190
Oklahoma City, OK 680 1.23 12.03 $19.35 $40,250
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 560 1.12 10.95 $18.35 $38,170
Midland, TX 360 5.54 54.32 $23.36 $48,580
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.29 2.88 $19.92 $41,430
Bakersfield, CA 260 1.03 10.06 $28.88 $60,080
Tulsa, OK 190 0.48 4.67 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 180 1.30 12.75 $16.75 $34,840
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 150 2.24 21.93 $13.66 $28,410
Wichita Falls, TX 130 2.30 22.55 $19.86 $41,310




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 360 5.54 54.32 $23.36 $48,580
Wichita Falls, TX 130 2.30 22.55 $19.86 $41,310
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 150 2.24 21.93 $13.66 $28,410
Charleston, WV 180 1.30 12.75 $16.75 $34,840
Oklahoma City, OK 680 1.23 12.03 $19.35 $40,250
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 560 1.12 10.95 $18.35 $38,170
Bakersfield, CA 260 1.03 10.06 $28.88 $60,080
Abilene, TX 40 0.68 6.70 $18.21 $37,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,530 0.61 5.99 $23.17 $48,190
Tulsa, OK 190 0.48 4.67 (8) (8)




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)
Bakersfield, CA 260 1.03 10.06 $28.88 $60,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.28 $58,830
Denver-Aurora, CO 120 0.10 0.97 $25.37 $52,770
Lubbock, TX (8) (8) (8) $23.66 $49,210
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.39 $48,650
Midland, TX 360 5.54 54.32 $23.36 $48,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,530 0.61 5.99 $23.17 $48,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.07 $47,990
San Antonio, TX (8) (8) (8) $21.58 $44,890
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.90 $43,480

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.07 39.87 $16.08 $33,450
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 470 1.94 19.02 $22.13 $46,030
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 420 3.46 33.96 $18.00 $37,440
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 400 1.07 10.49 $17.98 $37,400
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 310 8.47 83.03 $24.06 $50,040

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 310 8.47 83.03 $24.06 $50,040
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.07 39.87 $16.08 $33,450
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 420 3.46 33.96 $18.00 $37,440
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.13 30.66 $21.10 $43,900
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 2.99 29.35 $21.76 $45,250

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.30 22.51 $29.54 $61,450
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.87 $60,050
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.63 $53,300
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.79 $51,570
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 310 8.47 83.03 $24.06 $50,040


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.

(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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