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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-5011 Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud or fluid through drill hole.


National estimates for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

National estimates for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
9,350 7.7 % $ 24.17 $ 50,280 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.28 $ 19.10 $ 23.04 $ 27.98 $ 33.57
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,860 $ 39,740 $ 47,920 $ 58,200 $ 69,820


Industry profile for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 8,620 3.17 $ 23.98 $ 49,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 390 0.31 $ 27.64 $ 57,480
Utility System Construction 80 0.01 $ 19.99 $ 41,580
Employment Services 40 0.00 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 8,620 3.17 $ 23.98 $ 49,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 390 0.31 $ 27.64 $ 57,480
Utility System Construction 80 0.01 $ 19.99 $ 41,580
Employment Services 40 0.00 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 390 0.31 $ 27.64 $ 57,480
Support Activities for Mining 8,620 3.17 $ 23.98 $ 49,870
Utility System Construction 80 0.01 $ 19.99 $ 41,580


Geographic profile for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,580 0.38 5.63 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
New Mexico 740 0.94 14.06 $ 22.72 $ 47,260
Oklahoma 590 0.38 5.61 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
North Dakota 520 1.30 19.29 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
California 460 0.03 0.42 $ 26.64 $ 55,420




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 520 1.30 19.29 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
New Mexico 740 0.94 14.06 $ 22.72 $ 47,260
Wyoming 230 0.86 12.80 $ 28.25 $ 58,750
Texas 4,580 0.38 5.63 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
Oklahoma 590 0.38 5.61 $ 25.46 $ 52,950




Top paying states for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $ 33.50 $ 69,690
Wyoming 230 0.86 12.80 $ 28.25 $ 58,750
California 460 0.03 0.42 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
North Dakota 520 1.30 19.29 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Oklahoma 590 0.38 5.61 $ 25.46 $ 52,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 470 4.68 69.63 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Odessa, TX 300 4.11 61.09 $ 20.84 $ 43,340
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 300 0.21 3.08 $ 20.12 $ 41,860
Oklahoma City, OK 280 0.46 6.91 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.86 12.81 $ 25.65 $ 53,340
Lafayette, LA 170 0.91 13.49 $ 21.64 $ 45,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 140 0.02 0.35 $ 28.94 $ 60,190
Farmington, NM 120 2.71 40.27 $ 21.65 $ 45,020
Tulsa, OK 110 0.25 3.70 $ 23.98 $ 49,890
Corpus Christi, TX 100 0.57 8.51 $ 23.11 $ 48,060




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 470 4.68 69.63 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Odessa, TX 300 4.11 61.09 $ 20.84 $ 43,340
Farmington, NM 120 2.71 40.27 $ 21.65 $ 45,020
Casper, WY 50 1.26 18.80 $ 26.75 $ 55,640
Lafayette, LA 170 0.91 13.49 $ 21.64 $ 45,010
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.86 12.81 $ 25.65 $ 53,340
Abilene, TX 40 0.67 10.00 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Corpus Christi, TX 100 0.57 8.51 $ 23.11 $ 48,060
Oklahoma City, OK 280 0.46 6.91 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Tulsa, OK 110 0.25 3.70 $ 23.98 $ 49,890




Top paying metropolitan areas for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $ 33.38 $ 69,420
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 70 0.13 2.00 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 140 0.02 0.35 $ 28.94 $ 60,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 27.03 $ 56,210
Oklahoma City, OK 280 0.46 6.91 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Casper, WY 50 1.26 18.80 $ 26.75 $ 55,640
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.86 12.81 $ 25.65 $ 53,340
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 25.50 $ 53,040
Houma-Thibodaux, LA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.63 $ 51,220
Tulsa, OK 110 0.25 3.70 $ 23.98 $ 49,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 510 3.29 48.95 $ 22.34 $ 46,460
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 4.33 64.48 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 2.91 43.33 $ 19.21 $ 39,950
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 1.61 24.00 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 17.88 $ 25.56 $ 53,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 4.33 64.48 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 510 3.29 48.95 $ 22.34 $ 46,460
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 2.91 43.33 $ 19.21 $ 39,950
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 1.61 24.00 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 17.88 $ 25.56 $ 53,150

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 9.16 $ 33.75 $ 70,190
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.88 13.07 $ 29.74 $ 61,850
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 4.33 64.48 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 17.88 $ 25.56 $ 53,150
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.34 $ 52,700


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021