Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-5012 Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration. Excludes "Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas" (47-5021).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,230 5.7 % $28.84 $59,980 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.03 $18.14 $24.99 $32.19 $47.31
Annual Wage (2) $31,260 $37,730 $51,980 $66,950 $98,410


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 16,220 6.09 $28.13 $58,510
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,170 2.05 $32.13 $66,820
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $16.04 $33,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $32.64 $67,880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 0.01 $21.07 $43,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 16,220 6.09 $28.13 $58,510
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,170 2.05 $32.13 $66,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $32.64 $67,880
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $16.04 $33,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 0.01 $21.07 $43,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $32.64 $67,880
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,170 2.05 $32.13 $66,820
Support Activities for Mining 16,220 6.09 $28.13 $58,510
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 0.01 $21.07 $43,840
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $16.04 $33,360


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,360 0.73 4.58 $35.50 $73,840
Oklahoma 2,080 1.40 8.82 $22.77 $47,370
Wyoming 1,360 5.04 31.64 $28.13 $58,510
Colorado 1,330 0.62 3.88 $25.87 $53,820
Louisiana 1,100 0.60 3.77 $29.75 $61,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,360 5.04 31.64 $28.13 $58,510
Oklahoma 2,080 1.40 8.82 $22.77 $47,370
Texas 7,360 0.73 4.58 $35.50 $73,840
West Virginia 500 0.72 4.53 $22.63 $47,080
New Mexico 530 0.68 4.28 $25.72 $53,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 160 0.53 3.32 $37.27 $77,520
Texas 7,360 0.73 4.58 $35.50 $73,840
New York 90 0.01 0.06 $32.21 $67,000
Montana 140 0.33 2.06 $31.38 $65,270
Louisiana 1,100 0.60 3.77 $29.75 $61,880

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,090 1.24 7.76 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 1,260 2.29 14.40 $22.17 $46,100
Bakersfield, CA 490 1.96 12.33 $31.77 $66,070
Grand Junction, CO 450 7.88 49.47 $26.09 $54,270
Midland, TX 450 7.04 44.24 (8) (8)
Corpus Christi, TX 380 2.17 13.60 $28.33 $58,930
Odessa, TX 360 6.25 39.27 $36.80 $76,540
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 290 1.71 10.73 $30.15 $62,720
Greeley, CO 280 3.70 23.26 $25.84 $53,740
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.34 2.10 $29.35 $61,060




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grand Junction, CO 450 7.88 49.47 $26.09 $54,270
Midland, TX 450 7.04 44.24 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 360 6.25 39.27 $36.80 $76,540
Greeley, CO 280 3.70 23.26 $25.84 $53,740
Farmington, NM 170 3.55 22.31 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 1,260 2.29 14.40 $22.17 $46,100
Wichita Falls, TX 130 2.25 14.10 $22.97 $47,770
Corpus Christi, TX 380 2.17 13.60 $28.33 $58,930
Bakersfield, CA 490 1.96 12.33 $31.77 $66,070
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 160 1.75 10.96 $29.44 $61,240




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Odessa, TX 360 6.25 39.27 $36.80 $76,540
Anchorage, AK 60 0.39 2.45 $34.16 $71,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.21 $33.95 $70,620
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.29 1.84 $32.53 $67,670
Bakersfield, CA 490 1.96 12.33 $31.77 $66,070
Abilene, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.08 $64,650
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 290 1.71 10.73 $30.15 $62,720
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 100 0.47 2.95 $29.66 $61,700
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 160 1.75 10.96 $29.44 $61,240
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.34 2.10 $29.35 $61,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 2.42 15.20 $26.42 $54,950
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 430 7.17 45.01 (8) (8)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 410 8.49 53.33 $27.23 $56,640
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 390 2.42 15.21 $22.27 $46,320
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 320 2.63 16.53 $27.59 $57,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 410 8.49 53.33 $27.23 $56,640
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 430 7.17 45.01 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 320 2.63 16.53 $27.59 $57,390
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 200 2.56 16.05 $21.50 $44,720
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 390 2.42 15.21 $22.27 $46,320

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.41 8.83 $39.29 $81,730
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.79 $70,270
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.10 6.91 $31.74 $66,030
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.63 $65,790
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.06 $62,530


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011