Men represent the vast majority of Lease Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.74 per hour nationwide. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Lease Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number have medical and dental plans, and a majority have vision insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,524 - $78,582
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MEDIAN: $56,499
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$17.58 - $34.21
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,524 - $78,582  
   
Bonus
$1,011 - $11,250  
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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$40,952 - $79,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.58 - $34.21  
   
Overtime
$23.74 - $48.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,011 - $11,250  
   
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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$40,952 - $79,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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

  • 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.
  • Operate and maintain well compressors for gas lift and compression.
  • Operate heavy equipment, such as backhoe and vacuum truck.
  • Gauge production on wells and inspect equipment for leaks, broken seals, or vandalism.

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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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $57K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. Lease Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Lease Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

Key Stats for Lease Operator

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Lease Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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