Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
15,360 5.7 % $28.79 $59,880 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.95 $17.18 $25.34 $37.20 $47.74
Annual Wage (2) $26,940 $35,730 $52,700 $77,370 $99,300


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)
Support Activities for Mining 4,660 1.23 $26.23 $54,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,290 0.25 $22.54 $46,890
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,960 1.63 $34.04 $70,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,160 1.04 $46.82 $97,390
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 740 0.59 $31.53 $65,580

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 2,960 1.63 $34.04 $70,800
Support Activities for Mining 4,660 1.23 $26.23 $54,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,160 1.04 $46.82 $97,390
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 740 0.59 $31.53 $65,580
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 130 0.48 $27.63 $57,460

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 1,160 1.04 $46.82 $97,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises 210 0.01 $34.46 $71,670
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,960 1.63 $34.04 $70,800
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 80 0.05 $32.86 $68,340
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.46 $31.86 $66,270


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 6,920 0.65 5.55 $27.66 $57,540
California 1,850 0.13 1.10 $38.70 $80,490
Louisiana 1,080 0.58 4.90 $29.93 $62,260
Oklahoma 730 0.48 4.04 $30.98 $64,440
Colorado 470 0.21 1.80 $28.90 $60,110




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 270 0.85 7.18 $28.62 $59,540
Wyoming 230 0.82 6.95 $27.29 $56,760
Texas 6,920 0.65 5.55 $27.66 $57,540
Louisiana 1,080 0.58 4.90 $29.93 $62,260
Oklahoma 730 0.48 4.04 $30.98 $64,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,850 0.13 1.10 $38.70 $80,490
New York 180 0.02 0.17 $33.55 $69,780
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $31.07 $64,620
Oklahoma 730 0.48 4.04 $30.98 $64,440
New Mexico 110 0.14 1.22 $30.69 $63,840





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 3,550 1.34 11.39 $29.54 $61,440
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.12 9.52 $44.44 $92,430
Midland, TX 650 8.51 72.15 $21.54 $44,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 500 0.24 2.03 $28.75 $59,800
Oklahoma City, OK 360 0.62 5.28 $34.47 $71,690
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.38 3.23 $27.36 $56,910
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 300 0.25 2.09 $32.99 $68,610
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 210 0.26 2.21 $18.88 $39,280
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 180 0.36 3.02 $27.35 $56,880
Tulsa, OK 150 0.37 3.12 $28.69 $59,670




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 650 8.51 72.15 $21.54 $44,800
Pascagoula, MS 150 2.76 23.44 $33.59 $69,870
Casper, WY 60 1.35 11.41 $30.24 $62,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,550 1.34 11.39 $29.54 $61,440
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.12 9.52 $44.44 $92,430
Odessa, TX 60 0.95 8.02 $29.58 $61,520
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.95 8.07 $24.30 $50,540
Oklahoma City, OK 360 0.62 5.28 $34.47 $71,690
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 150 0.54 4.62 $28.23 $58,710
Grand Junction, CO 30 0.52 4.45 $23.01 $47,870




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $50.99 $106,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.12 9.52 $44.44 $92,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.49 $38.73 $80,550
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.14 1.23 $38.70 $80,500
Oklahoma City, OK 360 0.62 5.28 $34.47 $71,690
Pascagoula, MS 150 2.76 23.44 $33.59 $69,870
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 300 0.25 2.09 $32.99 $68,610
Anchorage, AK 90 0.49 4.19 $31.40 $65,300
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.39 $65,280
Casper, WY 60 1.35 11.41 $30.24 $62,900

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 500 1.99 16.84 $30.12 $62,640
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.53 12.95 $38.06 $79,170
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.91 16.23 $28.19 $58,640
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 4.98 $21.45 $44,610
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 1.04 8.84 $24.94 $51,880

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 500 1.99 16.84 $30.12 $62,640
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.91 16.23 $28.19 $58,640
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.53 12.95 $38.06 $79,170
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.47 12.46 $24.21 $50,360
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.36 11.53 $23.74 $49,370

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.53 12.95 $38.06 $79,170
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.37 $34.74 $72,260
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.30 $69,270
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.19 10.08 $31.74 $66,020
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 500 1.99 16.84 $30.12 $62,640


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.

(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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