Lease Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Lease Operators in the United States, bringing in about $25.43 per hour. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,128 - $72,277
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$72K
MEDIAN: $56,781
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90%

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$17.33 - $33.77
(Median)
$17
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,128 - $72,277  
   
Bonus
$480.47 - $8,970  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,256 - $81,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.33 - $33.77  
   
Overtime
$26.01 - $49.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$480.47 - $8,970  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,256 - $81,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Lease Operator

A lease operator is a person generally hired by an oil company or construction company who works within the field to monitor equipment and procedures. This is a position which involves work outside within the elements, not indoors or within an office. Formal education may not be required within this position, as most companies value experience within the field above all else. This person will work a full-time, 40-hour week. Oftentimes, a lease operator will be called upon to work extended hours.

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Lease Operator Tasks

  • Operate heavy equipment, such as backhoe and vacuum truck.
  • Gauge production on wells and inspect equipment for leaks, broken seals, or vandalism.
  • Operate and maintain well compressors for gas lift and compression.
  • Oversee, operate, and maintain lease production facilities to maximize sales and minimize lease operating expenses.
  • Perform lease maintenance such as minor repairs on surface pumps and other equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lease Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $57K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $61K. On average, Lease Operators make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $64K.

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Experience Affects Lease Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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