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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-5013 Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. Includes fishing-tool technicians.


National estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas

National estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,870 4.4 % $ 26.76 $ 55,660 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.72 $ 18.26 $ 23.28 $ 29.99 $ 38.15
Annual Wage (2) $ 32,700 $ 37,990 $ 48,410 $ 62,370 $ 79,340


Industry profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 21,940 10.34 $ 24.71 $ 51,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,460 6.07 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 900 0.31 $ 22.89 $ 47,620
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.55 $ 31.83 $ 66,210
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 310 0.04 $ 27.99 $ 58,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 21,940 10.34 $ 24.71 $ 51,390
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,460 6.07 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 170 0.57 $ 27.85 $ 57,940
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.55 $ 31.83 $ 66,210
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 900 0.31 $ 22.89 $ 47,620

Top paying industries for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 6,460 6.07 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.55 $ 31.83 $ 66,210
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 250 0.04 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 310 0.04 $ 27.99 $ 58,210
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 170 0.57 $ 27.85 $ 57,940


Geographic profile for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of service unit operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 13,510 1.10 4.74 $ 25.25 $ 52,510
North Dakota 2,450 6.19 26.55 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Colorado 2,150 0.82 3.52 $ 27.75 $ 57,710
California 1,920 0.12 0.50 $ 30.02 $ 62,440
Oklahoma 1,800 1.15 4.95 $ 25.58 $ 53,200


Map of location quotient of service unit operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 2,450 6.19 26.55 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Wyoming 890 3.43 14.72 $ 28.59 $ 59,470
New Mexico 1,360 1.75 7.50 $ 31.32 $ 65,150
West Virginia 760 1.15 4.95 $ 29.23 $ 60,790
Oklahoma 1,800 1.15 4.95 $ 25.58 $ 53,200


Map of annual mean wages of service unit operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 470 0.30 1.29 $ 32.42 $ 67,440
New Mexico 1,360 1.75 7.50 $ 31.32 $ 65,150
New York 80 0.01 0.04 $ 30.11 $ 62,620
California 1,920 0.12 0.50 $ 30.02 $ 62,440
Montana 100 0.21 0.89 $ 29.58 $ 61,520



Map of employment of service unit operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,220 1.46 6.25 $ 24.40 $ 50,750
Midland, TX 2,350 24.71 105.92 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Bakersfield, CA 1,020 3.28 14.06 $ 29.54 $ 61,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,000 0.28 1.19 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
Greeley, CO 1,000 9.77 41.89 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Pittsburgh, PA 880 0.85 3.62 $ 22.70 $ 47,220
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 780 9.85 42.20 $ 25.97 $ 54,020
Oklahoma City, OK 670 1.10 4.72 $ 26.01 $ 54,100
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 560 0.38 1.64 $ 29.81 $ 61,990
Longview, TX 430 4.79 20.55 $ 26.27 $ 54,640


Map of location quotient of service unit operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 2,350 24.71 105.92 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 780 9.85 42.20 $ 25.97 $ 54,020
Greeley, CO 1,000 9.77 41.89 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Farmington, NM 380 9.16 39.28 $ 29.63 $ 61,630
Victoria, TX 220 6.02 25.82 $ 22.06 $ 45,890
Longview, TX 430 4.79 20.55 $ 26.27 $ 54,640
Wheeling, WV-OH 250 4.41 18.89 (8) (8)
Casper, WY 160 4.31 18.48 $ 26.92 $ 55,990
Grand Junction, CO 260 4.13 17.69 $ 24.75 $ 51,480
Bakersfield, CA 1,020 3.28 14.06 $ 29.54 $ 61,440


Map of annual mean wages of service unit operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fresno, CA 30 0.08 0.36 $ 38.00 $ 79,050
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.26 1.13 $ 35.15 $ 73,100
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 70 0.21 0.92 $ 31.26 $ 65,030
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 0.37 1.57 $ 30.77 $ 64,000
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 560 0.38 1.64 $ 29.81 $ 61,990
Farmington, NM 380 9.16 39.28 $ 29.63 $ 61,630
Bakersfield, CA 1,020 3.28 14.06 $ 29.54 $ 61,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.23 $ 29.52 $ 61,390
Fort Smith, AR-OK 60 0.58 2.48 $ 28.67 $ 59,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,000 0.28 1.19 $ 27.25 $ 56,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,410 22.72 97.39 $ 27.48 $ 57,160
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 870 5.95 25.50 $ 31.84 $ 66,220
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 8.87 38.01 $ 47.05 $ 97,860
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 510 1.37 5.86 $ 23.30 $ 48,460
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 440 1.66 7.13 $ 25.54 $ 53,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 2,410 22.72 97.39 $ 27.48 $ 57,160
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 8.87 38.01 $ 47.05 $ 97,860
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 350 6.02 25.79 $ 24.42 $ 50,780
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 870 5.95 25.50 $ 31.84 $ 66,220
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 5.27 22.58 $ 22.97 $ 47,770

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 860 8.87 38.01 $ 47.05 $ 97,860
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 33.18 $ 69,010
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 870 5.95 25.50 $ 31.84 $ 66,220
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 310 3.91 16.78 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 410 4.35 18.66 $ 31.18 $ 64,850


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022