Oil, gas, and mining laborers
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Overview
Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.
Workforce size
Oil and gas roustabouts, with 50,000 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for oil and gas roustabouts are expected to grow by 25%, and should have about 8,300 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Education
Only 7% of oil, gas, and mining laborers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by oil, gas, and mining laborers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer oil, gas, and mining laborers have bachelor's degrees than 75% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 71% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for oil and gas roustabouts. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most oil and gas roustabouts.
This job's median $38KAll jobs' median $39K$38K$38K20142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 2% of oil, gas, and mining laborers -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of oil, gas, and mining laborers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For oil, gas, and mining laborers, the median men's salary was Infinity% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 13% of oil, gas, and mining laborers are minority, and 12% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of oil, gas, and mining laborers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (12%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Oil and Gas Roustabouts per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 43% of oil, gas, and mining laborers, and 74% have company-sponsored health insurance (9% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for oil, gas, and mining laborers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of oil and gas roustabouts who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (96%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (95%)
  • Time Pressure (89%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (82%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (81%)
  • Consequence of Error (76%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (75%)
  • Exposed to High Places (66%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (62%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (40%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do oil, gas, and mining laborers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group oil, gas, and mining laborers, which combines the data for 4 careers, including oil and gas roustabouts. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for oil and gas roustabouts, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for oil and gas roustabouts compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for oil and gas roustabouts (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all oil, gas, and mining laborers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for oil, gas, and mining laborers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for oil, gas, and mining laborers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where oil and gas roustabouts work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Oil, gas, and mining laborers (ACS)
Private for-profit (95.7%)
Private not-for-profit (0.9%)
Local government (0.0%)
State government (0.2%)
Federal government (0.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.5%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of oil, gas, and mining laborers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of oil, gas, and mining laborers, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$58K$58K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of oil and gas roustabouts by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty oil and gas roustabouts, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$38K$38K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000PrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for oil, gas, and mining laborers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Oil, gas, and mining laborers and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Oil, gas, and mining laborers
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$58K$0$50K$100K$150KMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Oil, gas, and mining laborers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for undefined of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of oil, gas, and mining laborers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority oil, gas, and mining laborers than for 79% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of oil, gas, and mining laborers
White (82% )
Black (5% )
Other (5% )
Hispanic (3% )
American Indian (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for oil, gas, and mining laborers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$41K$48K$55K$56K$61K$0$50K$100K$150KBlackOtherAmerican IndianHispanicWhite
Distribution: Salaries for oil, gas, and mining laborers by nativity
$47K$60K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by oil and gas roustabouts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), oil and gas roustabouts typically hold no formal educational credential.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as oil, gas, and mining laborers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for oil, gas, and mining laborers.

Education attained by oil, gas, and mining laborers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for oil, gas, and mining laborers? Below we see the distribution of oil, gas, and mining laborers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as oil, gas, and mining laborers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$53K$53K$63K$94K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (19%)High School (48%)Some College (22%)Bachelor's Degree (6%)
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for oil, gas, and mining laborers

What jobs will most oil, gas, and mining laborers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of oil, gas, and mining laborers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Oil, gas, and mining laborersDriver/sales workers and truck driversEarth drillersFirst-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workersExtraction workersManagers (specialized areas)CarpentersReal estate brokers and sales agentsIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsBill and account collectorsBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesSurveying and mapping techniciansGeneral and operations managersConstruction and building inspectorsEngineers (specialized areas)Pumping station operatorsMining machine operatorsPetroleum, mining and geological engineersConstruction laborersPlant and system operatorsRiggersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for oil, gas, and mining laborers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as oil, gas, and mining laborers as well as 1% of respondents after working as oil, gas, and mining laborers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for oil, gas, and mining laborers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
70,600
$0$200K$56K
Extraction workers
4,000
$0$200K$53K
Pumping station operators
4,000
$0$200K$56K
Earth drillers
2,600
$0$200K$50K
Mining machine operators
2,400
$0$200K$63K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for oil, gas, and mining laborers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as oil, gas, and mining laborers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of oil, gas, and mining laborers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for oil and gas roustabouts
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 71% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for oil and gas roustabouts. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for oil and gas roustabouts are anticipated to grow by 25% over the next decade; only 3% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for oil and gas roustabouts is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most oil and gas roustabouts? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as oil and gas roustabouts. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all oil, gas, and mining laborers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS for this specialty
Number of Oil and Gas Roustabouts per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where oil and gas roustabouts earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for oil, gas, and mining laborers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for oil, gas, and mining laborers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all oil, gas, and mining laborers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Oil and Gas Roustabouts to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which oil and gas roustabouts earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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