Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
25,090 5.3 % $27.18 $56,540 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.90 $17.96 $23.66 $32.04 $40.57
Annual Wage (2) $30,990 $37,350 $49,220 $66,650 $84,390


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 19,670 5.18 $27.08 $56,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,600 2.53 $27.69 $57,590
Utility System Construction 200 0.05 $27.38 $56,950
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 140 0.13 $34.39 $71,540
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 0.00 $20.25 $42,120

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 19,670 5.18 $27.08 $56,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,600 2.53 $27.69 $57,590
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 140 0.13 $34.39 $71,540
Utility System Construction 200 0.05 $27.38 $56,950
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 50 0.00 $20.25 $42,120

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 140 0.13 $34.39 $71,540
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,600 2.53 $27.69 $57,590
Utility System Construction 200 0.05 $27.38 $56,950
Support Activities for Mining 19,670 5.18 $27.08 $56,330
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $21.26 $44,210


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 9,200 0.87 4.52 $29.49 $61,340
Pennsylvania 2,250 0.40 2.09 $21.20 $44,090
Oklahoma 2,230 1.46 7.56 $22.58 $46,970
Wyoming 1,680 6.04 31.37 $27.92 $58,070
Louisiana 1,490 0.80 4.14 $28.41 $59,080




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 1,680 6.04 31.37 $27.92 $58,070
North Dakota 1,130 2.81 14.58 $31.79 $66,120
Oklahoma 2,230 1.46 7.56 $22.58 $46,970
New Mexico 730 0.94 4.89 $26.48 $55,070
West Virginia 620 0.87 4.50 $25.56 $53,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 260 0.61 3.16 $38.57 $80,230
New Jersey 70 0.02 0.10 $35.13 $73,080
Alaska 160 0.51 2.65 $33.24 $69,130
North Dakota 1,130 2.81 14.58 $31.79 $66,120
California 1,180 0.08 0.43 $29.93 $62,250





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 3,120 1.18 6.13 $28.49 $59,270
Oklahoma City, OK 1,030 1.76 9.13 $23.33 $48,530
Midland, TX 770 9.97 51.78 (8) (8)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.07 10.75 $32.35 $67,280
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 480 0.39 2.01 $30.49 $63,410
Casper, WY 470 11.49 59.64 $25.72 $53,490
Lafayette, LA 400 2.61 13.56 $24.13 $50,180
Corpus Christi, TX 290 1.61 8.37 $23.97 $49,860
Grand Junction, CO 280 4.91 25.49 $26.43 $54,980
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 270 1.57 8.15 $26.71 $55,550




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)
Casper, WY 470 11.49 59.64 $25.72 $53,490
Midland, TX 770 9.97 51.78 (8) (8)
Grand Junction, CO 280 4.91 25.49 $26.43 $54,980
Abilene, TX 260 4.14 21.49 $25.44 $52,900
Odessa, TX 260 3.84 19.95 $24.12 $50,180
Farmington, NM 140 2.83 14.68 $27.69 $57,590
Lafayette, LA 400 2.61 13.56 $24.13 $50,180
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.07 10.75 $32.35 $67,280
Greeley, CO 160 1.98 10.28 $28.12 $58,490
Oklahoma City, OK 1,030 1.76 9.13 $23.33 $48,530




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 200 0.40 2.06 $35.48 $73,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.28 $33.28 $69,220
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $33.16 $68,970
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.07 10.75 $32.35 $67,280
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 480 0.39 2.01 $30.49 $63,410
Tyler, TX 40 0.39 2.00 $29.95 $62,300
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.30 1.54 $29.50 $61,360
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,120 1.18 6.13 $28.49 $59,270
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 0.30 1.58 $28.31 $58,890
Greeley, CO 160 1.98 10.28 $28.12 $58,490

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 1,330 5.25 27.26 $23.69 $49,280
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 960 15.59 80.92 $32.06 $66,680
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 950 5.66 29.41 $19.51 $40,590
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 790 12.50 64.91 $29.75 $61,870
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 740 5.84 30.30 $28.18 $58,620

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 960 15.59 80.92 $32.06 $66,680
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 790 12.50 64.91 $29.75 $61,870
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 740 5.84 30.30 $28.18 $58,620
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 950 5.66 29.41 $19.51 $40,590
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,330 5.25 27.26 $23.69 $49,280

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 80 1.06 5.51 $34.96 $72,710
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 960 15.59 80.92 $32.06 $66,680
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.91 $66,380
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 210 2.05 10.64 $31.62 $65,780
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 790 12.50 64.91 $29.75 $61,870


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013