Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
59,260 3.5 % $23.19 $48,230 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.85 $16.57 $20.57 $26.52 $35.18
Annual Wage (2) $28,810 $34,470 $42,790 $55,160 $73,180


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 49,470 12.40 $23.19 $48,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 3.37 $23.90 $49,710
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 610 0.09 $20.69 $43,030
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.36 $25.94 $53,960
Employment Services 290 0.01 $20.88 $43,420

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 49,470 12.40 $23.19 $48,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 3.37 $23.90 $49,710
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.36 $25.94 $53,960
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 610 0.09 $20.69 $43,030
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 190 0.08 $23.60 $49,090

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 40 0.04 $32.23 $67,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $26.87 $55,880
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 480 0.36 $25.94 $53,960
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,500 3.37 $23.90 $49,710
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 190 0.08 $23.60 $49,090


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 27,440 2.51 5.63 $22.81 $47,450
Louisiana 5,520 2.93 6.55 $22.28 $46,340
North Dakota 3,990 9.44 21.12 $26.85 $55,850
Oklahoma 3,670 2.36 5.27 $20.81 $43,290
Colorado 3,510 1.53 3.43 $23.99 $49,910




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)
North Dakota 3,990 9.44 21.12 $26.85 $55,850
Wyoming 2,400 8.60 19.23 $24.04 $50,000
New Mexico 2,500 3.19 7.13 $25.32 $52,660
Louisiana 5,520 2.93 6.55 $22.28 $46,340
Texas 27,440 2.51 5.63 $22.81 $47,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.36 0.82 $28.04 $58,320
North Dakota 3,990 9.44 21.12 $26.85 $55,850
California 2,030 0.14 0.31 $26.75 $55,640
Kansas 1,040 0.78 1.73 $25.77 $53,610
New Mexico 2,500 3.19 7.13 $25.32 $52,660





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 8,260 3.00 6.70 $24.35 $50,650
Midland, TX 2,590 31.35 70.15 $22.08 $45,920
Greeley, CO 1,680 19.44 43.48 $19.98 $41,550
Lafayette, LA 1,600 10.37 23.20 $20.34 $42,310
Odessa, TX 1,270 17.91 40.06 $23.77 $49,440
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.38 3.08 $20.52 $42,680
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,210 4.19 9.38 $25.31 $52,650
Longview, TX 1,210 12.19 27.28 $29.20 $60,740
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,200 12.34 27.60 $26.21 $54,510
Oklahoma City, OK 1,120 1.87 4.18 $22.24 $46,260




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 2,590 31.35 70.15 $22.08 $45,920
Farmington, NM 1,030 20.32 45.47 $23.94 $49,790
Greeley, CO 1,680 19.44 43.48 $19.98 $41,550
Odessa, TX 1,270 17.91 40.06 $23.77 $49,440
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,200 12.34 27.60 $26.21 $54,510
Longview, TX 1,210 12.19 27.28 $29.20 $60,740
Casper, WY 470 11.14 24.92 $22.56 $46,930
Lafayette, LA 1,600 10.37 23.20 $20.34 $42,310
Victoria, TX 330 6.42 14.37 $23.55 $48,990
Corpus Christi, TX 1,060 5.73 12.83 $17.92 $37,270




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.15 $71,030
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $33.39 $69,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.09 0.20 $32.17 $66,920
Longview, TX 1,210 12.19 27.28 $29.20 $60,740
Grand Junction, CO (8) (8) (8) $26.55 $55,230
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,200 12.34 27.60 $26.21 $54,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.28 0.63 $25.44 $52,920
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,210 4.19 9.38 $25.31 $52,650
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $25.11 $52,230
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.46 $50,870

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 3,820 14.82 33.16 $22.04 $45,850
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 3,500 47.94 107.25 $27.22 $56,630
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 14.13 31.61 $20.41 $42,440
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,320 10.24 22.91 $24.94 $51,870
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 960 2.48 5.55 $26.49 $55,090

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 3,500 47.94 107.25 $27.22 $56,630
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 810 15.79 35.34 $22.72 $47,250
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 940 15.01 33.59 $25.93 $53,940
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 3,820 14.82 33.16 $22.04 $45,850
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 14.13 31.61 $20.41 $42,440

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 220 2.80 6.27 $29.99 $62,380
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.59 $61,550
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.11 $58,460
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.46 $57,120
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 3,500 47.94 107.25 $27.22 $56,630


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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