Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
13,190 5.2 % $20.23 $42,070 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.26 $15.34 $19.87 $24.80 $28.36
Annual Wage (2) $25,490 $31,900 $41,320 $51,580 $58,990


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 7,510 4.62 $20.69 $43,040
Support Activities for Mining 5,460 1.71 $19.47 $40,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.37 $22.14 $46,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 0.00 $25.59 $53,230

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 7,510 4.62 $20.69 $43,040
Support Activities for Mining 5,460 1.71 $19.47 $40,500
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.37 $22.14 $46,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 0.00 $25.59 $53,230

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 70 (7) $25.59 $53,230
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.37 $22.14 $46,050
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $21.57 $44,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 7,510 4.62 $20.69 $43,040
Support Activities for Mining 5,460 1.71 $19.47 $40,500


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 3,540 0.34 3.34 $21.22 $44,140
Oklahoma 1,290 0.86 8.40 $20.83 $43,320
Pennsylvania 1,260 0.23 2.20 $17.52 $36,430
New Mexico 1,010 1.30 12.60 $20.35 $42,330
West Virginia 980 1.40 13.59 $16.79 $34,920




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)
Wyoming 480 1.77 17.22 $20.64 $42,920
North Dakota 540 1.45 14.14 $20.98 $43,650
West Virginia 980 1.40 13.59 $16.79 $34,920
New Mexico 1,010 1.30 12.60 $20.35 $42,330
Montana 370 0.87 8.49 $23.00 $47,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 440 0.03 0.31 $27.72 $57,650
Utah 170 0.14 1.38 $26.18 $54,450
Colorado 420 0.19 1.88 $23.30 $48,470
Montana 370 0.87 8.49 $23.00 $47,830
Mississippi (8) (8) (8) $21.45 $44,610





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 1,000 0.39 3.81 $22.37 $46,520
Oklahoma City, OK 510 0.89 8.67 $20.95 $43,580
Farmington, NM 400 8.34 81.11 $23.51 $48,900
Tulsa, OK 340 0.84 8.22 $21.21 $44,110
Midland, TX 310 4.39 42.70 $21.77 $45,290
Charleston, WV 260 1.79 17.41 $17.48 $36,370
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 250 0.96 9.35 $27.60 $57,400
Pittsburgh, PA 240 0.22 2.13 $18.52 $38,530
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.21 2.04 $23.19 $48,240
Greeley, CO 160 2.07 20.08 $23.70 $49,290




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)
Farmington, NM 400 8.34 81.11 $23.51 $48,900
Midland, TX 310 4.39 42.70 $21.77 $45,290
San Angelo, TX 100 2.25 21.85 $18.39 $38,250
Greeley, CO 160 2.07 20.08 $23.70 $49,290
Wichita Falls, TX 120 2.06 20.05 $20.13 $41,880
Charleston, WV 260 1.79 17.41 $17.48 $36,370
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 250 0.96 9.35 $27.60 $57,400
Casper, WY 40 0.90 8.73 $23.43 $48,740
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 60 0.89 8.67 $13.93 $28,980
Oklahoma City, OK 510 0.89 8.67 $20.95 $43,580




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.96 $60,240
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 250 0.96 9.35 $27.60 $57,400
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $26.37 $54,850
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 130 0.11 1.08 $25.24 $52,490
Victoria, TX 40 0.79 7.68 $24.04 $49,990
Greeley, CO 160 2.07 20.08 $23.70 $49,290
Farmington, NM 400 8.34 81.11 $23.51 $48,900
Casper, WY 40 0.90 8.73 $23.43 $48,740
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $23.20 $48,250
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.21 2.04 $23.19 $48,240

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 590 4.29 41.69 $16.62 $34,570
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 580 4.67 45.46 $17.98 $37,400
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 540 2.18 21.15 $19.92 $41,420
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 530 3.34 32.49 $17.81 $37,050
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 460 1.21 11.79 $18.32 $38,110

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 320 6.80 66.15 $23.35 $48,560
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 200 6.27 60.98 $24.15 $50,230
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 580 4.67 45.46 $17.98 $37,400
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.65 45.18 $19.69 $40,940
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 4.44 43.19 $21.02 $43,730

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)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 5.22 $27.58 $57,370
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 160 3.28 31.90 $26.26 $54,630
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.34 $52,720
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 200 6.27 60.98 $24.15 $50,230
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 2.94 $23.44 $48,750


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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