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Highest Paying Industries for Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

The top 28 highest paying industries for service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $73,260, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing is the highest paying industry for service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining. It is followed by machinery manufacturing industry (average annual salary $72,950). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 28 Highest Paying Industries for Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$73,260
450
2 Machinery Manufacturing
$72,950
460
3 Manufacturing
$68,240
580
4 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$66,020
n/a
5 Pipeline Transportation
$66,020
n/a
6 Transportation and Warehousing
$64,800
90
7 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$64,290
60
8 Utilities
$54,600
580
9 Natural Gas Distribution
$54,560
n/a
10 Oil and Gas Extraction
$53,250
8,050
11 Specialty Trade Contractors
$53,220
n/a
12 Mining
$44,900
58,460
13 Support Activities for Mining
$44,190
50,190
14 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$43,030
710
15 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$43,030
710
16 Construction
$42,560
210
17 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$42,070
180
18 Coal Mining
$41,860
100
19 Utility System Construction
$41,640
170
20 Wholesale Trade
$40,130
1,180
21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$38,050
560
22 Rental and Leasing Services
$38,050
560
23 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$38,050
560
24 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$37,390
220
25 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$36,590
460
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,420
60
27 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$31,790
50
28 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$30,570
110
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