Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

47-5071 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.


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)
71,790 3.3 % $18.61 $38,700 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.09 $14.30 $17.56 $22.08 $27.52
Annual Wage (2) $25,160 $29,750 $36,510 $45,930 $57,240


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 53,240 12.91 $18.48 $38,430
Oil and Gas Extraction 7,570 3.91 $18.83 $39,170
Utility System Construction 5,140 1.07 $19.27 $40,070
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 930 0.15 $16.74 $34,810
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 550 0.08 $21.12 $43,930

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 53,240 12.91 $18.48 $38,430
Oil and Gas Extraction 7,570 3.91 $18.83 $39,170
Utility System Construction 5,140 1.07 $19.27 $40,070
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 330 0.23 $17.55 $36,510
Natural Gas Distribution 240 0.21 $22.45 $46,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $23.14 $48,120
Natural Gas Distribution 240 0.21 $22.45 $46,700
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $22.02 $45,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $21.48 $44,680
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 550 0.08 $21.12 $43,930


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 31,090 2.69 5.16 $17.66 $36,720
Oklahoma 6,540 4.09 7.86 $17.64 $36,690
North Dakota 5,700 12.72 24.43 $21.58 $44,880
California 4,310 0.28 0.53 $20.72 $43,100
Colorado 3,850 1.57 3.02 $19.68 $40,940




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 5,700 12.72 24.43 $21.58 $44,880
Wyoming 2,190 7.72 14.83 $20.95 $43,570
Oklahoma 6,540 4.09 7.86 $17.64 $36,690
New Mexico 3,090 3.87 7.44 $17.23 $35,830
Texas 31,090 2.69 5.16 $17.66 $36,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 830 2.53 4.86 $24.20 $50,330
Montana 560 1.25 2.40 $22.03 $45,820
Michigan 440 0.11 0.20 $21.71 $45,160
North Dakota 5,700 12.72 24.43 $21.58 $44,880
Washington 50 0.02 0.03 $21.24 $44,190





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 7,900 2.70 5.18 $18.17 $37,790
Bakersfield, CA 2,270 7.70 14.79 $16.96 $35,270
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 2,220 2.28 4.38 $17.48 $36,370
Oklahoma City, OK 1,870 3.07 5.90 $18.79 $39,090
Greeley, CO 1,630 16.38 31.47 $18.23 $37,930
Odessa, TX 1,600 21.25 40.83 $19.06 $39,640
Midland, TX 1,540 16.55 31.79 $17.99 $37,430
Lafayette, LA 1,530 7.04 13.53 $19.03 $39,570
Corpus Christi, TX 1,230 6.53 12.54 $18.20 $37,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.23 0.44 $20.53 $42,690




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)
Odessa, TX 1,600 21.25 40.83 $19.06 $39,640
Midland, TX 1,540 16.55 31.79 $17.99 $37,430
Greeley, CO 1,630 16.38 31.47 $18.23 $37,930
Casper, WY 590 13.72 26.35 $20.06 $41,730
Victoria, TX 510 12.09 23.21 $17.13 $35,630
Farmington, NM 570 11.21 21.53 $17.89 $37,220
Longview, TX 890 9.04 17.36 $16.22 $33,730
Bakersfield, CA 2,270 7.70 14.79 $16.96 $35,270
Lafayette, LA 1,530 7.04 13.53 $19.03 $39,570
Corpus Christi, TX 1,230 6.53 12.54 $18.20 $37,850




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)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.70 $63,860
Anchorage, AK 250 1.40 2.69 $28.62 $59,530
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.75 $51,480
Lansing-East Lansing, MI (8) (8) (8) $24.47 $50,890
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.14 0.27 $23.99 $49,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.18 $46,140
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR (8) (8) (8) $21.85 $45,450
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 620 0.45 0.87 $21.72 $45,180
Pittsburgh, PA 700 0.62 1.20 $21.59 $44,910
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 110 0.45 0.86 $21.54 $44,800

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 5,050 59.61 114.50 $21.59 $44,910
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,430 21.60 41.48 $16.53 $34,390
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,860 18.35 35.24 $17.52 $36,430
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,490 18.58 35.69 $17.05 $35,460
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 1,900 14.99 28.80 $16.81 $34,970

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 5,050 59.61 114.50 $21.59 $44,910
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,430 21.60 41.48 $16.53 $34,390
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 2,490 18.58 35.69 $17.05 $35,460
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 850 18.56 35.65 $18.74 $38,990
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,860 18.35 35.24 $17.52 $36,430

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)
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 1.16 2.23 $27.16 $56,490
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.66 $25.29 $52,600
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.72 $49,340
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 3.69 7.08 $23.71 $49,320
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 520 4.53 8.70 $23.25 $48,350


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