Lease Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Lease Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.53 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Lease Operators is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,051 - $71,748

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$17.39 - $33.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,051 - $71,748  
   
Bonus
$482.88 - $8,243  
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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$40,310 - $78,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.39 - $33.58  
   
Overtime
$25.60 - $49.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.88 - $8,243  
   
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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$40,310 - $78,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Lease Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $64K.

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Experience Affects Lease Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

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
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
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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