Head Pumper

Operate pumps and equipment to produce flow of oil in the oil fields.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Head Pumpers do?

Operates pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce artificial flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field: Starts pumps and opens valves to pump oil from wells into storage tanks. Starts compressor engines and diverts oil from storage tanks into compressor units and auxiliary equipment to recover natural gas from oil. Opens valves to return compressed gas to bottoms of specified wells to repressurize them and force oil to surface. Operates engines and pumping units from central powerplant to shut off wells according to production schedule and to switch flow of oil into unfilled storage tanks. Reads tank gauges and pump meters, and keeps production records. May supervise OIL PUMPERS and other workers engaged in producing oil from wells. May repair gas and oil meters and gauges [INSTRUMENT MECHANIC].


Should I be a Head Pumper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Pumper, Head, Well Head Pumper

    How to become a Head Pumper

    Most Head Pumpers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9keaaa&chl=no+college+%2880%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29|associate%27s+%286%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,80,80
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