A sizeable majority of Lease Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.17 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Lease Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,677 - $76,162
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$41K
$57K
$76K
MEDIAN: $57,382
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$16.96 - $34.29
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$17
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,677 - $76,162  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $8,750  
Total Pay (?
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$40,284 - $77,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.96 - $34.29  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $48.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000 - $8,750  
   
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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$40,284 - $77,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. Lease Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.

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Experience Affects Lease Operator Salaries

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$57,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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