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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

47-5011 Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

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


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)
11,310 7.1 % $22.90 $47,630 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.01 $18.55 $22.17 $26.64 $31.23
Annual Wage (2) $33,290 $38,580 $46,120 $55,420 $64,960


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 10,210 3.19 $22.94 $47,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 790 0.56 $23.27 $48,410
Utility System Construction 120 0.02 $18.99 $39,500

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 10,210 3.19 $22.94 $47,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 790 0.56 $23.27 $48,410
Utility System Construction 120 0.02 $18.99 $39,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 790 0.56 $23.27 $48,410
Support Activities for Mining 10,210 3.19 $22.94 $47,720
Utility System Construction 120 0.02 $18.99 $39,500


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 5,570 0.46 5.88 $21.60 $44,920
New Mexico 1,140 1.41 17.99 $23.22 $48,310
Oklahoma 980 0.62 7.87 $23.30 $48,470
California 680 0.04 0.51 $25.14 $52,300
North Dakota 650 1.56 19.98 $28.63 $59,550




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)
North Dakota 650 1.56 19.98 $28.63 $59,550
New Mexico 1,140 1.41 17.99 $23.22 $48,310
Wyoming 260 0.97 12.42 $26.46 $55,040
Oklahoma 980 0.62 7.87 $23.30 $48,470
Texas 5,570 0.46 5.88 $21.60 $44,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 650 1.56 19.98 $28.63 $59,550
Alaska 120 0.38 4.91 $26.90 $55,960
Wyoming 260 0.97 12.42 $26.46 $55,040
California 680 0.04 0.51 $25.14 $52,300
Colorado 250 0.10 1.23 $24.71 $51,390





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,100 0.70 9.02 $22.78 $47,390
Midland, TX 530 5.20 66.47 $22.83 $47,480
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 19.04 $24.60 $51,170
Oklahoma City, OK 450 0.72 9.26 $24.93 $51,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 440 0.12 1.59 $22.62 $47,050
Odessa, TX 310 4.04 51.69 $20.21 $42,050
Farmington, NM 290 6.02 77.04 $21.36 $44,420
Corpus Christi, TX 120 0.67 8.51 $23.23 $48,320
Lafayette, LA 90 0.48 6.15 $20.06 $41,730
Tulsa, OK 70 0.17 2.18 $25.53 $53,100




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)
Farmington, NM 290 6.02 77.04 $21.36 $44,420
Midland, TX 530 5.20 66.47 $22.83 $47,480
Odessa, TX 310 4.04 51.69 $20.21 $42,050
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 19.04 $24.60 $51,170
Abilene, TX 50 0.81 10.31 $19.86 $41,320
Oklahoma City, OK 450 0.72 9.26 $24.93 $51,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,100 0.70 9.02 $22.78 $47,390
Corpus Christi, TX 120 0.67 8.51 $23.23 $48,320
Lafayette, LA 90 0.48 6.15 $20.06 $41,730
Anchorage, AK 50 0.28 3.52 $25.80 $53,670




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)
Casper, WY (8) (8) (8) $26.04 $54,170
Anchorage, AK 50 0.28 3.52 $25.80 $53,670
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $25.78 $53,620
Tulsa, OK 70 0.17 2.18 $25.53 $53,100
Oklahoma City, OK 450 0.72 9.26 $24.93 $51,860
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 19.04 $24.60 $51,170
Corpus Christi, TX 120 0.67 8.51 $23.23 $48,320
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $23.04 $47,930
Midland, TX 530 5.20 66.47 $22.83 $47,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,100 0.70 9.02 $22.78 $47,390

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 5.36 68.61 $23.85 $49,610
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 5.37 68.70 $28.63 $59,550
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 540 2.76 35.29 $19.64 $40,850
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 2.21 28.21 $22.29 $46,350
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 140 0.83 10.66 $20.90 $43,480

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 5.37 68.70 $28.63 $59,550
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 5.36 68.61 $23.85 $49,610
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 540 2.76 35.29 $19.64 $40,850
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 2.21 28.21 $22.29 $46,350
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 11.21 $26.41 $54,940

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 5.37 68.70 $28.63 $59,550
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 8.88 $27.61 $57,420
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 11.21 $26.41 $54,940
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 5.36 68.61 $23.85 $49,610
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.38 $46,550


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019