Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
36,410 4.6 % $70.90 $147,470 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $36.07 $47.05 $62.64 $88.23 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $75,030 $97,860 $130,280 $183,520 (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 19,880 10.95 $77.43 $161,050
Support Activities for Mining 5,120 1.35 $54.68 $113,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,590 0.20 $66.50 $138,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,120 0.11 $77.25 $160,680
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,120 1.91 $64.57 $134,310

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 19,880 10.95 $77.43 $161,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,120 1.91 $64.57 $134,310
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.36 $59.76 $124,300
Support Activities for Mining 5,120 1.35 $54.68 $113,740
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 280 0.99 $59.71 $124,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 19,880 10.95 $77.43 $161,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,120 0.11 $77.25 $160,680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 270 0.19 $70.32 $146,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 500 0.08 $70.09 $145,780
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $69.49 $144,540


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 21,580 2.04 7.30 $74.11 $154,160
Oklahoma 3,820 2.49 8.92 $76.97 $160,090
Louisiana 2,090 1.12 4.00 $63.32 $131,700
California 1,550 0.11 0.39 $53.95 $112,210
Colorado 1,390 0.63 2.24 $65.88 $137,030




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)
Oklahoma 3,820 2.49 8.92 $76.97 $160,090
Alaska 740 2.31 8.28 $76.46 $159,040
Texas 21,580 2.04 7.30 $74.11 $154,160
Wyoming 540 1.94 6.94 $52.10 $108,370
Louisiana 2,090 1.12 4.00 $63.32 $131,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 3,820 2.49 8.92 $76.97 $160,090
Alaska 740 2.31 8.28 $76.46 $159,040
Virginia 1,100 0.30 1.09 $74.43 $154,810
Texas 21,580 2.04 7.30 $74.11 $154,160
Kansas 180 0.13 0.48 $66.69 $138,720





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 14,160 5.36 19.19 $75.35 $156,730
Oklahoma City, OK 1,970 3.37 12.05 $84.84 $176,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.81 2.90 $85.02 $176,850
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,130 2.19 7.83 $66.58 $138,480
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,090 0.88 3.17 $67.45 $140,290
Midland, TX 1,000 13.04 46.67 $67.19 $139,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 980 0.42 1.49 $76.82 $159,780
Tulsa, OK 910 2.20 7.87 $71.68 $149,100
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 660 0.75 2.69 $77.57 $161,350
Anchorage, AK 580 3.39 12.11 $77.54 $161,270




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 1,000 13.04 46.67 $67.19 $139,760
Casper, WY 220 5.40 19.34 $56.93 $118,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,160 5.36 19.19 $75.35 $156,730
Anchorage, AK 580 3.39 12.11 $77.54 $161,270
Oklahoma City, OK 1,970 3.37 12.05 $84.84 $176,460
Tulsa, OK 910 2.20 7.87 $71.68 $149,100
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,130 2.19 7.83 $66.58 $138,480
Lafayette, LA 300 2.01 7.19 $62.10 $129,170
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 540 1.98 7.10 $54.11 $112,550
Odessa, TX 130 1.85 6.63 $63.20 $131,450




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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.81 2.90 $85.02 $176,850
Oklahoma City, OK 1,970 3.37 12.05 $84.84 $176,460
College Station-Bryan, TX 70 0.71 2.54 $82.78 $172,170
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 660 0.75 2.69 $77.57 $161,350
Anchorage, AK 580 3.39 12.11 $77.54 $161,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 980 0.42 1.49 $76.82 $159,780
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,160 5.36 19.19 $75.35 $156,730
Tulsa, OK 910 2.20 7.87 $71.68 $149,100
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.13 0.46 $69.99 $145,580
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 500 0.61 2.19 $69.25 $144,040

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 4.41 15.79 $84.67 $176,120
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 3.37 12.04 $50.18 $104,380
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.80 6.44 $60.65 $126,150
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 160 1.30 4.67 $38.00 $79,040
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.10 7.50 $72.37 $150,530

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 270 4.41 15.79 $84.67 $176,120
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 3.37 12.04 $50.18 $104,380
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.10 7.50 $72.37 $150,530
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.80 6.44 $60.65 $126,150
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.68 6.01 $42.47 $88,340

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 270 4.41 15.79 $84.67 $176,120
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.10 7.50 $72.37 $150,530
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.15 4.12 $62.30 $129,580
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.80 6.44 $60.65 $126,150
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $59.48 $123,720


About May 2012 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,199 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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