Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-4041 Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes. Investigate and collect information leading to the possible discovery of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.


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)
15,190 5.6 % $28.26 $58,780 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.47 $17.70 $25.68 $36.81 $45.59
Annual Wage (2) $28,010 $36,810 $53,410 $76,560 $94,820


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 3,970 1.00 $27.75 $57,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,610 1.88 $34.45 $71,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,100 0.23 $22.55 $46,890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 680 0.61 $35.75 $74,360
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.05 $26.12 $54,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,610 1.88 $34.45 $71,660
Support Activities for Mining 3,970 1.00 $27.75 $57,720
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.67 $27.73 $57,680
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 680 0.61 $35.75 $74,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,100 0.23 $22.55 $46,890

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 680 0.61 $35.75 $74,360
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,610 1.88 $34.45 $71,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 310 0.01 $33.03 $68,690
Basic Chemical Manufacturing (8) (8) $32.45 $67,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $32.23 $67,050


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 6,310 0.58 5.04 $29.56 $61,480
California 1,690 0.11 1.00 $26.93 $56,010
Oklahoma 1,260 0.81 7.04 $30.69 $63,830
Louisiana 930 0.49 4.30 $31.30 $65,100
Colorado 600 0.26 2.28 $29.06 $60,440




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)
Oklahoma 1,260 0.81 7.04 $30.69 $63,830
Alaska 250 0.78 6.81 $27.77 $57,750
Texas 6,310 0.58 5.04 $29.56 $61,480
Wyoming 150 0.55 4.77 $28.15 $58,550
Louisiana 930 0.49 4.30 $31.30 $65,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $31.80 $66,130
Louisiana 930 0.49 4.30 $31.30 $65,100
Oklahoma 1,260 0.81 7.04 $30.69 $63,830
Maryland 110 0.04 0.37 $30.49 $63,410
Texas 6,310 0.58 5.04 $29.56 $61,480





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 3,630 1.32 11.49 $31.50 $65,520
Midland, TX 720 8.72 76.10 $23.08 $48,010
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.70 6.14 $26.79 $55,720
Oklahoma City, OK 620 1.04 9.07 $31.88 $66,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 430 0.34 2.94 $31.66 $65,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.17 1.49 $33.48 $69,640
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 350 1.20 10.50 $28.44 $59,150
Lafayette, LA 300 1.91 16.71 $25.97 $54,010
Tulsa, OK 270 0.65 5.65 $29.06 $60,440
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 200 0.38 3.35 $35.45 $73,740




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 720 8.72 76.10 $23.08 $48,010
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.05 17.89 $22.65 $47,110
Lafayette, LA 300 1.91 16.71 $25.97 $54,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,630 1.32 11.49 $31.50 $65,520
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 350 1.20 10.50 $28.44 $59,150
Oklahoma City, OK 620 1.04 9.07 $31.88 $66,310
Casper, WY 40 0.97 8.50 $32.66 $67,940
Odessa, TX 60 0.90 7.82 $32.96 $68,560
Corpus Christi, TX 130 0.71 6.24 $21.83 $45,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.70 6.14 $26.79 $55,720




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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 1.59 $36.00 $74,880
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 200 0.38 3.35 $35.45 $73,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $35.12 $73,040
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.06 0.51 $34.12 $70,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.17 1.49 $33.48 $69,640
Odessa, TX 60 0.90 7.82 $32.96 $68,560
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.16 1.42 $32.72 $68,050
Casper, WY 40 0.97 8.50 $32.66 $67,940
Oklahoma City, OK 620 1.04 9.07 $31.88 $66,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 430 0.34 2.94 $31.66 $65,860

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 7.05 $30.18 $62,780
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 5.31 $28.54 $59,370
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 7.84 $22.91 $47,650
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 7.39 $27.79 $57,790
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 1.79 15.66 $25.87 $53,800

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)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 1.79 15.66 $25.87 $53,800
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 7.84 $22.91 $47,650
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.87 7.59 $24.06 $50,050
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 7.39 $27.79 $57,790
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.82 7.20 $24.35 $50,640

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.16 $77,290
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 7.05 $30.18 $62,780
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 5.31 $28.54 $59,370
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.12 $58,490
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 7.39 $27.79 $57,790


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.

(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