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What Do Wellhead Pumper Do?

Wellhead Pumper Job Description Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.

What Do Wellhead Pumpers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Monitor control panels during pumping operations to ensure that materials are being pumped at the correct pressure, density, rate, and concentration.
  • Supervise oil pumpers and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells.
  • Repair gas and oil meters and gauges.
  • Operate engines and pumps to shut off wells according to production schedules, and to switch flow of oil into storage tanks.
  • Unload and assemble pipes and pumping equipment, using hand tools.
  • Mix acids, chemicals, or dry cement as required for a specific job.

What a Wellhead Pumper Should Know

When polled, Wellhead Pumpers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Other Wellhead Pumper Job Titles

  • Oil Field Pumper
  • Gauger
  • Multi-Skilled Operator
  • Oil Well Pumper
  • Operations Technician

Job Opportunities for Wellhead Pumpers

There were about 11,500 jobs for Wellhead Pumper in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 21.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,500 new jobs for Wellhead Pumper by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,800 positions for Wellhead Pumper per year.


The states with the most job growth for Wellhead Pumper are North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Montana, or Michigan. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Wellhead Pumper Make?

Wellhead Pumpers make between $31,280 and $79,930 a year.


Wellhead Pumpers who work in Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana, make the highest salaries.

How much do Wellhead Pumpers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arkansas $57,940
California $47,940
Colorado $69,130
Illinois $33,730
Kansas $47,390
Kentucky $62,670
Louisiana $47,300
Michigan $50,590
Mississippi $58,480
Montana $61,020
New Mexico $55,210
North Dakota $59,030
Ohio $39,860
Oklahoma $51,900
Pennsylvania $42,300
Texas $54,690
Utah $60,010
West Virginia $42,230
Wyoming $63,120

What Tools do Wellhead Pumpers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Wellhead Pumpers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Data entry software
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • SAP software

How do I Become a Wellhead Pumper?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Wellhead Pumper?


How many years of work experience do I need?


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