Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
62,080 3.6 % $24.78 $51,540 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.41 $17.11 $21.62 $28.67 $38.52
Annual Wage (2) $29,980 $35,580 $44,970 $59,630 $80,120


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 50,190 11.94 $24.33 $50,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,050 4.19 $27.02 $56,200
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 710 0.11 $22.85 $47,540
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 560 0.40 $30.35 $63,120
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 450 0.18 $37.42 $77,820

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 50,190 11.94 $24.33 $50,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,050 4.19 $27.02 $56,200
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 560 0.40 $30.35 $63,120
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 450 0.18 $37.42 $77,820
Coal Mining 100 0.13 $19.52 $40,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 450 0.18 $37.42 $77,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $30.56 $63,560
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $30.41 $63,260
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 560 0.40 $30.35 $63,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 8,050 4.19 $27.02 $56,200


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 29,680 2.64 5.75 $25.59 $53,240
Oklahoma 4,220 2.68 5.83 $21.44 $44,600
Louisiana 4,190 2.19 4.76 $24.10 $50,120
Colorado 4,150 1.75 3.82 $23.46 $48,790
North Dakota 3,140 7.14 15.54 $26.13 $54,350




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 2,270 8.03 17.48 $25.51 $53,060
North Dakota 3,140 7.14 15.54 $26.13 $54,350
Alaska 980 3.00 6.54 $32.97 $68,570
Oklahoma 4,220 2.68 5.83 $21.44 $44,600
Texas 29,680 2.64 5.75 $25.59 $53,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 980 3.00 6.54 $32.97 $68,570
Florida (8) (8) (8) $28.22 $58,700
Alabama 130 0.07 0.16 $26.58 $55,290
North Dakota 3,140 7.14 15.54 $26.13 $54,350
California 2,380 0.16 0.34 $25.96 $54,000





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 7,880 2.77 6.03 $27.58 $57,370
Midland, TX 2,540 28.94 62.99 $23.54 $48,960
Greeley, CO 2,010 21.43 46.64 $21.13 $43,960
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.97 4.28 $28.20 $58,650
Odessa, TX 1,750 23.85 51.91 $24.25 $50,430
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,680 5.68 12.36 $25.51 $53,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,410 1.54 3.35 $20.09 $41,780
Lafayette, LA 1,380 8.80 19.15 $24.51 $50,970
Longview, TX 1,330 13.36 29.07 $28.72 $59,740
Corpus Christi, TX 1,280 6.88 14.99 $33.02 $68,690




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 2,540 28.94 62.99 $23.54 $48,960
Odessa, TX 1,750 23.85 51.91 $24.25 $50,430
Greeley, CO 2,010 21.43 46.64 $21.13 $43,960
Farmington, NM 730 14.76 32.13 $26.28 $54,650
Grand Junction, CO 850 14.43 31.42 $24.85 $51,680
Longview, TX 1,330 13.36 29.07 $28.72 $59,740
Casper, WY 460 10.59 23.06 $22.92 $47,680
Lafayette, LA 1,380 8.80 19.15 $24.51 $50,970
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 720 7.30 15.89 $28.66 $59,620
Corpus Christi, TX 1,280 6.88 14.99 $33.02 $68,690




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 110 0.63 1.37 $40.34 $83,900
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.61 $72,000
Corpus Christi, TX 1,280 6.88 14.99 $33.02 $68,690
Lubbock, TX (8) (8) (8) $29.04 $60,410
Longview, TX 1,330 13.36 29.07 $28.72 $59,740
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 720 7.30 15.89 $28.66 $59,620
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.97 4.28 $28.20 $58,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,880 2.77 6.03 $27.58 $57,370
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.14 0.31 $27.57 $57,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 0.20 $27.20 $56,570

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 3,920 15.00 32.66 $23.71 $49,320
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,730 33.06 71.96 $26.30 $54,710
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,640 12.10 26.33 $21.47 $44,650
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,160 3.00 6.52 $26.23 $54,560
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 1,100 20.92 45.54 $24.99 $51,980

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 2,730 33.06 71.96 $26.30 $54,710
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 1,100 20.92 45.54 $24.99 $51,980
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 3,920 15.00 32.66 $23.71 $49,320
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 920 14.77 32.16 $27.86 $57,950
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 840 12.19 26.54 $19.68 $40,940

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 11.44 24.91 $32.02 $66,600
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 180 2.24 4.87 $30.02 $62,440
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.83 $62,040
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.31 $60,970
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 3.09 6.74 $27.88 $57,990


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015