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Lease Operator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Lease Operators earn an average of $25.53 per hour. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,732 - $70,378
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$70K
MEDIAN: $56,317
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90%

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$17.38 - $33.49
(Median)
$17
$26
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,732 - $70,378  
   
Bonus
$76.60 - $9,060  
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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$40,187 - $81,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.38 - $33.49  
   
Overtime
$25.88 - $49.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$76.60 - $9,060  
   
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).
)
$40,187 - $81,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. 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 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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