Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
16,020 5.7 % $28.13 $58,500 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.83 $18.35 $26.35 $36.17 $45.55
Annual Wage (2) $26,690 $38,170 $54,810 $75,240 $94,750


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 4,990 1.19 $27.68 $57,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,680 1.91 $33.42 $69,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,560 0.26 $23.46 $48,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 700 0.06 $28.17 $58,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises 450 0.02 $35.90 $74,680

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 3,680 1.91 $33.42 $69,520
Support Activities for Mining 4,990 1.19 $27.68 $57,580
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.57 $28.26 $58,790
Metal Ore Mining 260 0.57 $26.96 $56,080
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.53 $28.50 $59,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 450 0.02 $35.90 $74,680
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $34.24 $71,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 280 0.25 $33.69 $70,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,680 1.91 $33.42 $69,520
Natural Gas Distribution 110 0.10 $31.60 $65,730


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 6,700 0.60 5.04 $29.17 $60,670
Oklahoma 1,710 1.08 9.13 $29.30 $60,950
California 1,320 0.09 0.74 $30.31 $63,050
Louisiana 840 0.44 3.71 $28.84 $59,980
Pennsylvania 710 0.13 1.06 $26.27 $54,650



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 350 1.25 10.52 $28.43 $59,130
Alaska 360 1.12 9.45 $29.86 $62,100
Oklahoma 1,710 1.08 9.13 $29.30 $60,950
Texas 6,700 0.60 5.04 $29.17 $60,670
Louisiana 840 0.44 3.71 $28.84 $59,980



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 110 0.04 0.36 $31.18 $64,850
Colorado 650 0.28 2.32 $30.48 $63,390
California 1,320 0.09 0.74 $30.31 $63,050
Alaska 360 1.12 9.45 $29.86 $62,100
Oklahoma 1,710 1.08 9.13 $29.30 $60,950




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 3,840 1.35 11.38 $32.75 $68,120
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.18 9.94 $30.76 $63,970
Midland, TX 660 7.52 63.44 $24.64 $51,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 590 0.26 2.21 $20.23 $42,080
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 430 1.46 12.28 $29.50 $61,350
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 430 0.32 2.73 $34.34 $71,420
Tulsa, OK 380 0.88 7.45 $25.23 $52,480
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.29 2.41 $28.52 $59,330
Lafayette, LA 310 1.98 16.70 $25.35 $52,740
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.55 4.68 $33.01 $68,660



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 660 7.52 63.44 $24.64 $51,250
Casper, WY 160 3.79 31.97 $34.29 $71,330
Lafayette, LA 310 1.98 16.70 $25.35 $52,740
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 430 1.46 12.28 $29.50 $61,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,840 1.35 11.38 $32.75 $68,120
Odessa, TX 90 1.29 10.88 $31.66 $65,860
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.18 9.94 $30.76 $63,970
Tulsa, OK 380 0.88 7.45 $25.23 $52,480
Corpus Christi, TX 150 0.79 6.64 $22.11 $46,000
Reno-Sparks, NV 110 0.57 4.84 $19.25 $40,030



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)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.12 1.05 $47.90 $99,630
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $37.56 $78,130
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 140 0.16 1.31 $34.72 $72,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 430 0.32 2.73 $34.34 $71,420
Casper, WY 160 3.79 31.97 $34.29 $71,330
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.55 4.68 $33.01 $68,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,840 1.35 11.38 $32.75 $68,120
Odessa, TX 90 1.29 10.88 $31.66 $65,860
Anchorage, AK 90 0.53 4.51 $30.85 $64,170
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.18 9.94 $30.76 $63,970

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.04 25.61 $32.77 $68,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.77 23.39 $31.35 $65,200
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.81 15.29 $20.60 $42,840
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 5.75 $30.87 $64,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 2.84 $30.54 $63,530

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.04 25.61 $32.77 $68,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.77 23.39 $31.35 $65,200
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 1.94 16.37 $26.94 $56,040
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.81 15.29 $20.60 $42,840
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.82 6.90 $24.91 $51,810

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 2.34 $34.80 $72,370
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 3.04 25.61 $32.77 $68,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 2.77 23.39 $31.35 $65,200
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 5.75 $30.87 $64,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 2.84 $30.54 $63,530


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