Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

47-5013 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.


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)
60,830 3.4 % $24.11 $50,150 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.32 $17.15 $21.63 $28.03 $36.33
Annual Wage (2) $29,790 $35,670 $45,000 $58,310 $75,560


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 46,710 11.33 $23.39 $48,650
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,950 4.62 $27.22 $56,620
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,100 0.16 $22.78 $47,390
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 700 0.48 $26.69 $55,510
Natural Gas Distribution 530 0.47 $26.91 $55,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 46,710 11.33 $23.39 $48,650
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,950 4.62 $27.22 $56,620
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 700 0.48 $26.69 $55,510
Natural Gas Distribution 530 0.47 $26.91 $55,980
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.27 $27.09 $56,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $33.06 $68,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $31.25 $65,010
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $29.19 $60,710
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $28.60 $59,490
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,950 4.62 $27.22 $56,620


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 28,080 2.43 5.50 $24.04 $50,010
Oklahoma 4,560 2.85 6.47 $21.17 $44,040
Louisiana 3,990 2.06 4.66 $24.75 $51,490
Colorado 3,930 1.60 3.64 $23.03 $47,910
California 2,680 0.17 0.39 $26.74 $55,610




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 2,190 7.72 17.51 $25.11 $52,220
North Dakota 2,540 5.66 12.84 $26.34 $54,790
Alaska 1,160 3.54 8.02 $34.16 $71,050
Oklahoma 4,560 2.85 6.47 $21.17 $44,040
New Mexico 2,060 2.58 5.84 $23.64 $49,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,160 3.54 8.02 $34.16 $71,050
Utah 990 0.75 1.70 $28.02 $58,280
Pennsylvania 1,790 0.31 0.71 $27.16 $56,480
California 2,680 0.17 0.39 $26.74 $55,610
North Dakota 2,540 5.66 12.84 $26.34 $54,790





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,560 2.58 5.85 $24.68 $51,340
Midland, TX 2,270 24.38 55.26 $22.89 $47,600
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,810 1.86 4.23 $26.10 $54,280
Greeley, CO 1,800 18.10 41.04 $21.15 $43,990
Odessa, TX 1,800 23.85 54.05 $24.95 $51,900
Lafayette, LA 1,740 8.01 18.17 $23.03 $47,900
Bakersfield, CA 1,440 4.87 11.04 $26.75 $55,630
Oklahoma City, OK 1,290 2.12 4.81 $21.17 $44,040
Corpus Christi, TX 1,180 6.26 14.20 $31.71 $65,950
Longview, TX 1,170 11.85 26.86 $20.97 $43,610




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 2,270 24.38 55.26 $22.89 $47,600
Odessa, TX 1,800 23.85 54.05 $24.95 $51,900
Greeley, CO 1,800 18.10 41.04 $21.15 $43,990
Casper, WY 580 13.45 30.49 $22.64 $47,100
Farmington, NM 650 12.70 28.80 $27.54 $57,280
Longview, TX 1,170 11.85 26.86 $20.97 $43,610
Grand Junction, CO 580 9.81 22.24 $23.78 $49,470
Victoria, TX 400 9.52 21.58 $22.49 $46,790
Lafayette, LA 1,740 8.01 18.17 $23.03 $47,900
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 700 7.21 16.35 $27.27 $56,720




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)
Anchorage, AK 160 0.93 2.11 $39.92 $83,040
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.60 $67,810
Corpus Christi, TX 1,180 6.26 14.20 $31.71 $65,950
Farmington, NM 650 12.70 28.80 $27.54 $57,280
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 160 0.55 1.25 $27.54 $57,270
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 700 7.21 16.35 $27.27 $56,720
Bakersfield, CA 1,440 4.87 11.04 $26.75 $55,630
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 710 1.27 2.88 $26.36 $54,820
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,810 1.86 4.23 $26.10 $54,280
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.46 1.05 $25.50 $53,050

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,950 14.38 32.60 $24.39 $50,720
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,070 24.46 55.45 $26.76 $55,660
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,820 11.68 26.48 $22.22 $46,220
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,370 10.25 23.24 $21.70 $45,130
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,250 4.58 10.37 $19.83 $41,250

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 West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,070 24.46 55.45 $26.76 $55,660
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 920 20.16 45.70 $27.85 $57,930
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,950 14.38 32.60 $24.39 $50,720
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 880 13.01 29.50 $19.11 $39,740
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 940 12.42 28.15 $33.20 $69,060

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 940 12.42 28.15 $33.20 $69,060
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 5.20 $31.97 $66,500
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 150 2.28 5.16 $30.51 $63,460
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 4.28 9.71 $29.20 $60,730
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 2.19 4.97 $28.87 $60,040


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016