Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
27,130 5.6 % $29.38 $61,110 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.00 $18.69 $24.79 $33.76 $44.27
Annual Wage (2) $31,190 $38,870 $51,570 $70,220 $92,080


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 20,830 5.22 $28.79 $59,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,100 2.65 $32.19 $66,960
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 260 0.23 $38.68 $80,460
Utility System Construction 250 0.06 $26.26 $54,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 0.00 $18.32 $38,100

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 20,830 5.22 $28.79 $59,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,100 2.65 $32.19 $66,960
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 260 0.23 $38.68 $80,460
Utility System Construction 250 0.06 $26.26 $54,610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 0.00 $25.03 $52,060

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 260 0.23 $38.68 $80,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,100 2.65 $32.19 $66,960
Support Activities for Mining 20,830 5.22 $28.79 $59,870
Utility System Construction 250 0.06 $26.26 $54,610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 (7) $25.03 $52,060


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 10,160 0.93 4.55 $33.41 $69,490
Oklahoma 2,760 1.77 8.66 $24.18 $50,290
Pennsylvania 2,580 0.46 2.25 $24.62 $51,210
Louisiana 1,910 1.01 4.95 $28.81 $59,920
North Dakota 1,430 3.38 16.51 $31.27 $65,050




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 1,330 4.79 23.38 $28.60 $59,480
North Dakota 1,430 3.38 16.51 $31.27 $65,050
Oklahoma 2,760 1.77 8.66 $24.18 $50,290
New Mexico 910 1.16 5.69 $28.54 $59,360
Louisiana 1,910 1.01 4.95 $28.81 $59,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 220 0.67 3.28 $36.59 $76,100
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $36.13 $75,150
Texas 10,160 0.93 4.55 $33.41 $69,490
California 1,380 0.09 0.46 $33.38 $69,440
North Dakota 1,430 3.38 16.51 $31.27 $65,050





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 3,710 1.34 6.57 $40.47 $84,190
Midland, TX 780 9.43 46.08 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 740 1.23 6.02 $27.87 $57,960
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 660 2.27 11.11 $37.34 $77,680
Lafayette, LA 450 2.93 14.32 $24.62 $51,210
Pittsburgh, PA 410 0.37 1.79 $22.22 $46,230
Odessa, TX 380 5.33 26.06 $24.10 $50,120
Corpus Christi, TX 370 1.99 9.73 $26.54 $55,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 330 0.26 1.27 $29.86 $62,100
Tulsa, OK 320 0.76 3.71 $24.56 $51,090




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)
Midland, TX 780 9.43 46.08 (8) (8)
Casper, WY 300 7.15 34.92 $28.25 $58,760
Odessa, TX 380 5.33 26.06 $24.10 $50,120
Abilene, TX 200 3.24 15.84 $23.49 $48,870
Lafayette, LA 450 2.93 14.32 $24.62 $51,210
Farmington, NM 140 2.72 13.27 $28.22 $58,700
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 660 2.27 11.11 $37.34 $77,680
Corpus Christi, TX 370 1.99 9.73 $26.54 $55,210
Longview, TX 170 1.75 8.55 $22.94 $47,710
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.54 7.53 $22.12 $46,000




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 300 0.57 2.79 $40.63 $84,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,710 1.34 6.57 $40.47 $84,190
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.30 1.47 $39.38 $81,900
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 660 2.27 11.11 $37.34 $77,680
Anchorage, AK 80 0.46 2.25 $34.78 $72,350
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $33.84 $70,390
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.11 0.55 $33.17 $68,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.28 $31.19 $64,880
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.08 $64,640
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 330 0.26 1.27 $29.86 $62,100

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,270 17.35 84.78 $30.88 $64,220
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 950 8.10 39.57 $24.42 $50,790
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 870 5.25 25.65 $26.18 $54,450
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 760 5.89 28.77 $28.84 $59,990
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 660 10.56 51.62 $30.18 $62,780

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 1,270 17.35 84.78 $30.88 $64,220
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 660 10.56 51.62 $30.18 $62,780
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 950 8.10 39.57 $24.42 $50,790
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 760 5.89 28.77 $28.84 $59,990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 870 5.25 25.65 $26.18 $54,450

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 120 1.64 8.00 $39.71 $82,590
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.32 11.36 $36.05 $74,980
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.90 $74,660
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 4.79 23.40 $32.47 $67,540
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.84 $31.49 $65,500


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014