Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
14,350 6.0 % $22.18 $46,140 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.95 $16.66 $21.97 $27.41 $32.38
Annual Wage (2) $26,930 $34,650 $45,690 $57,010 $67,360


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 8,820 4.86 $22.69 $47,190
Support Activities for Mining 5,340 1.41 $21.30 $44,310
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $21.23 $44,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 0.00 $26.18 $54,460

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 8,820 4.86 $22.69 $47,190
Support Activities for Mining 5,340 1.41 $21.30 $44,310
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $21.23 $44,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 0.00 $26.18 $54,460

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 80 (7) $26.18 $54,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,820 4.86 $22.69 $47,190
Support Activities for Mining 5,340 1.41 $21.30 $44,310
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $21.23 $44,160


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 4,310 0.41 3.70 $22.63 $47,080
Oklahoma 1,340 0.88 7.97 $20.36 $42,350
New Mexico 1,150 1.49 13.50 $22.76 $47,350
Pennsylvania 980 0.17 1.58 $18.94 $39,390
West Virginia 800 1.13 10.24 $17.50 $36,390




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 660 2.36 21.40 $22.50 $46,800
New Mexico 1,150 1.49 13.50 $22.76 $47,350
Montana 500 1.16 10.57 $22.08 $45,920
West Virginia 800 1.13 10.24 $17.50 $36,390
Oklahoma 1,340 0.88 7.97 $20.36 $42,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 640 0.04 0.41 $29.53 $61,430
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $29.43 $61,210
Utah 260 0.21 1.94 $26.87 $55,890
Colorado 530 0.24 2.15 $25.43 $52,890
Louisiana 380 0.21 1.86 $22.78 $47,380





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 1,100 0.42 3.78 $23.37 $48,620
Oklahoma City, OK 560 0.95 8.65 $21.28 $44,250
Farmington, NM 500 9.99 90.71 $25.44 $52,920
Midland, TX 460 6.00 54.47 $23.76 $49,420
Tulsa, OK 330 0.81 7.33 $18.26 $37,980
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.26 2.35 $19.41 $40,370
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 270 0.22 1.98 $26.30 $54,690
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.29 2.62 $23.98 $49,870
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 240 0.87 7.86 $27.66 $57,540
Charleston, WV 240 1.63 14.77 $17.48 $36,370




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 500 9.99 90.71 $25.44 $52,920
Midland, TX 460 6.00 54.47 $23.76 $49,420
Charleston, WV 240 1.63 14.77 $17.48 $36,370
Wichita Falls, TX 80 1.50 13.61 $21.23 $44,150
Longview, TX 150 1.49 13.49 $20.35 $42,330
San Angelo, TX 60 1.43 12.99 $20.02 $41,650
Greeley, CO 110 1.40 12.67 $24.90 $51,800
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 90 1.26 11.43 $15.25 $31,730
Fort Smith, AR-OK 130 1.18 10.74 $23.61 $49,110
Casper, WY 40 1.05 9.49 $24.01 $49,940




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) $32.11 $66,780
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $28.48 $59,240
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 240 0.87 7.86 $27.66 $57,540
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 270 0.22 1.98 $26.30 $54,690
Farmington, NM 500 9.99 90.71 $25.44 $52,920
Odessa, TX (8) (8) (8) $25.36 $52,750
Greeley, CO 110 1.40 12.67 $24.90 $51,800
Casper, WY 40 1.05 9.49 $24.01 $49,940
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.29 2.62 $23.98 $49,870
Midland, TX 460 6.00 54.47 $23.76 $49,420

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 830 3.26 29.61 $22.57 $46,950
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 610 4.83 43.88 $20.36 $42,350
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 450 1.17 10.62 $18.18 $37,810
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 430 3.03 27.49 $17.56 $36,520
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.54 23.05 $18.77 $39,040

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)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 8.62 78.23 $22.55 $46,890
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 200 5.61 50.90 $21.37 $44,450
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 260 5.32 48.28 $20.87 $43,400
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 4.85 43.99 $26.88 $55,920
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 610 4.83 43.88 $20.36 $42,350

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 (8) (8) (8) $29.84 $62,070
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.27 11.53 $28.28 $58,820
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 6.36 $28.28 $58,810
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 4.85 43.99 $26.88 $55,920
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.73 15.68 $26.65 $55,440


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.

(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 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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