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Document and Entity Information
Oct. 01, 2019
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Entity Registrant Name SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES INC
Amendment Flag false
Entity Central Index Key 0000886835
Document Type 8-K
Document Period End Date Oct. 01, 2019
Entity Incorporation State Country Code DE
Entity File Number 001-34037
Entity Tax Identification Number 75-2379388
Entity Address, Address Line One 1001 Louisiana Street
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 2900
Entity Address, City or Town Houston
Entity Address, State or Province TX
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 77002
City Area Code (713)
Local Phone Number 654-2200
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre Commencement Tender Offer false
Pre Commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Security 12b Title Common Stock
Trading Symbol SPN
Security Exchange Name NYSE
Entity Emerging Growth Company false