Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 211

About the Oil and Gas Extraction subsector

The oil and gas extraction subsector is part of the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector.

Industries in the Oil and Gas Extraction subsector operate and/or develop oil and gas field properties. Such activities may include exploration for crude petroleum and natural gas; drilling, completing, and equipping wells; operating separators, emulsion breakers, desilting equipment, and field gathering lines for crude petroleum and natural gas; and all other activities in the preparation of oil and gas up to the point of shipment from the producing property. This subsector includes the production of crude petroleum, the mining and extraction of oil from oil shale and oil sands, and the production of natural gas, sulfur recovery from natural gas, and recovery of hydrocarbon liquids.

North American Industry Classification System

The oil and gas extraction subsector consists of a single industry group, Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 2111.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in oil and gas extraction. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014
Jul.
2014
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2014
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2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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211.3 212.2 (P) 211.9 (P) 213.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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110.3 111.3 (P) 111.2  

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(P) Preliminary

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

9,020

Petroleum engineers

18,100

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

5,930

Roustabouts, oil and gas

8,940

Wellhead pumpers

8,260

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for oil and gas extraction.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in oil and gas extraction.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$38.77 $39.30 $40.05 (P) $40.67

Average weekly hours

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41.8 43.0 41.1 (P) 41.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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May
2014
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2014
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2014
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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$30.57 $30.95 $32.72 (P) $32.09

Average weekly hours

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45.2 47.0 45.3 (P) 45.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

$68.68 $74.15 $142,860 $154,230

Petroleum engineers

$70.30 $78.30 $146,230 $162,860

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

$27.63 $28.08 $57,470 $58,410

Roustabouts, oil and gas

$16.48 $17.47 $34,280 $36,330

Wellhead pumpers

$22.93 $23.18 $47,700 $48,220

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in oil and gas extraction. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

12 13 26 (P) 12

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

1.2      

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.7      

Cases involving days away from work

0.5      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2      

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2014
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2014
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2014

Producer price index

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(P) 282.0 (P) 269.2 (P) 252.7 (P) 249.1

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.9% (P) -4.5% (P) -6.1% (P) -1.4%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in oil and gas extraction. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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9,790 9,785 9,787 (P) 9,832

Local government

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3 3 3 (P) 3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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80.452 70.225 66.167 73.597

Percent change from previous year

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6.1 -12.7 -5.8 11.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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129.006 154.861 184.501 184.238

Percent change from previous year

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-3.2 20.0 19.1 -0.1

Output index

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103.787 108.752 122.079 135.593

Percent change from previous year

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2.7 4.8 12.3 11.1

Unit labor costs index

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205.519 215.173 218.819 202.315

Percent change from previous year

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5.9 4.7 1.7 -7.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 15, 2014