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Lease Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Lease Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.66 per hour nationwide. Job satisfaction for Lease Operators is extremely high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,658 - $70,802
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$71K
MEDIAN: $57,068
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90%

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$17.39 - $33.61
(Median)
$17
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,658 - $70,802  
   
Bonus
$76.03 - $9,091  
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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$40,933 - $81,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.39 - $33.61  
   
Overtime
$26.07 - $49.58  
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
$76.03 - $9,091  
   
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).
)
$40,933 - $81,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $58K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $65K.

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Experience Affects Lease Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%