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Careers & Job Growth

The following statistical information may be helpful in your decision to pursue academic credentials in land management:

  • “From 2007 to 2012, total U.S. private sector employment increased by more than one million jobs, about 1%.
  • Over the same period from 2007-2012, the oil and gas industry increased by more than 162,000 jobs, a 40% increase.”[1]

  • The BLS Standard Occupational Classification system does not provide an occupational category specific to landmen.  However, BLS does provide occupational statistics for “Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers” (title abstractors), a broader category into which the bulk of employment in this occupation likely falls.  BLS reports that oil and gas extraction is the top-paying industry for title abstractors nationally, with an annual mean wage of $71,470 as of May 2012.  Compare this to the national annual mean wage for title abstractors (working outside of the oil and gas extraction industry) at $46,310 (see table below).  And while the bulk of employment in the landman occupation likely falls within the category of title abstractor, there are numerous other categories of occupational titles that significantly relate to landmen work.  These occupational titles and corresponding oil and gas extraction industry salary information are shown below as compared to the national salary information: 

Occupation Title

Oil & Gas Extraction Industry Annual mean wage[2]

National Annual mean wage across all occupations[3]

General and Operations Managers



Administrative Services Managers



Training and Development Managers



Construction Managers



Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers



Business Operations Specialists, All Other






Paralegals and Legal Assistants



Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers



Legal Support Workers, All Other



First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers



Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks



Office Clerks, General



First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers



First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers



First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers



  • The PA Department of Labor and Industry reports that the annual average wage for Marcellus Shale core industries (including support activities for oil and gas operations) for 2012Q3 through 2013Q2 was approximately $84,400, which was approximately $35,600 greater than the average for all industries.  During this same time period, the average annual wage for Marcellus Shale ancillary industries was approximately $65,200, which was approximately $16,300 greater than the average for all industries[4].

  •  An occupational analysis completed by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh identified Real Estate Managers (Landmen) as a “target job” for employment and salary growth through 2020.[5]

  • American Association of Professional Landmen survey findings regarding compensation levels for independent and company landmen are shown in the table below.  Note that the average compensation for company landmen in 2010 was $124,641 and the average for independent landmen was $126,608.

   Compensation Trends - Company and Independent Landmen








Company Landmen


$ 124,641

$ 108,557

$ 109,936

$ 84,858

$ 57,477


$ 110,000

$ 100,000

$ 108,000

$ 81,000

$ 52,800


$ 100,000

$ 150,000

$ 120,000

$ 100,000

$ 50,000

Independent Landmen


$ 126,608

$ 98,593

$ 105,346

$ 71,401

$ 41,406


$ 90,000

$ 87,000

$ 89,500

$ 65,000

$ 36,000


$ 100,000

$ 75,000

$ 100,000

$ 60,000

$ 30,000

Source: AAPL

[1] “Oil and Gas Industry Employment Growing Much Faster than Total Private Sector Employment.” U.S. Energy Information Administration (August 8, 2013)

[2] “National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: NAICS 211000 - Oil and Gas Extraction” BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (May 2012)

[3] “National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: United States” BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (May 2012)

[4] “Marcellus Shale Fast Facts.”  Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (January 2014),

[5] Kaufman, J., et al. “Workforce Analysis Report:  Energy Sector Jobs in Greater Pittsburgh.”  Allegheny Conference on Community Development and DDI.  August 30, 2012. Pp. 1-3

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