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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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" (47-5023).


National estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

National estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

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

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,650 5.9 % $ 28.34 $ 58,940 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.15 $ 20.57 $ 25.88 $ 34.51 $ 43.57
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,600 $ 42,790 $ 53,820 $ 71,780 $ 90,640


Industry profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 12,740 4.68 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,400 1.12 $ 30.82 $ 64,100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.27 $ 47.98 $ 99,790
Utility System Construction 200 0.04 $ 19.98 $ 41,550
Employment Services 180 0.01 $ 26.99 $ 56,130

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 12,740 4.68 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,400 1.12 $ 30.82 $ 64,100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.27 $ 47.98 $ 99,790
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 130 0.14 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Utility System Construction 200 0.04 $ 19.98 $ 41,550

Top paying industries for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.27 $ 47.98 $ 99,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $ 31.09 $ 64,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,400 1.12 $ 30.82 $ 64,100
Support Activities for Mining 12,740 4.68 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $ 27.83 $ 57,890


Geographic profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas: Top

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





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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,710 0.47 4.20 $ 30.16 $ 62,740
Oklahoma 2,240 1.44 12.76 $ 25.94 $ 53,960
California 1,340 0.08 0.72 $ 35.75 $ 74,370
New Mexico 970 1.23 10.97 $ 24.06 $ 50,040
Louisiana 950 0.53 4.68 $ 25.46 $ 52,960




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 2,240 1.44 12.76 $ 25.94 $ 53,960
North Dakota 570 1.42 12.64 $ 28.55 $ 59,380
New Mexico 970 1.23 10.97 $ 24.06 $ 50,040
Wyoming 210 0.80 7.08 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
Alaska 200 0.66 5.91 $ 38.38 $ 79,830




Top paying states for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 200 0.66 5.91 $ 38.38 $ 79,830
California 1,340 0.08 0.72 $ 35.75 $ 74,370
Colorado 320 0.12 1.09 $ 35.53 $ 73,890
Wyoming 210 0.80 7.08 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
Texas 5,710 0.47 4.20 $ 30.16 $ 62,740





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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,290 0.77 6.86 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
Oklahoma City, OK 950 1.56 13.84 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
Bakersfield, CA 750 2.45 21.74 $ 32.68 $ 67,960
Lafayette, LA 410 2.18 19.40 $ 24.19 $ 50,320
Pittsburgh, PA 370 0.34 3.05 $ 28.57 $ 59,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 350 0.10 0.87 $ 28.82 $ 59,950
Tulsa, OK 260 0.61 5.46 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.29 $ 39.05 $ 81,210
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 170 1.02 9.05 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.27 2.41 $ 29.28 $ 60,900




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bakersfield, CA 750 2.45 21.74 $ 32.68 $ 67,960
Casper, WY 80 2.27 20.15 $ 29.60 $ 61,580
Lafayette, LA 410 2.18 19.40 $ 24.19 $ 50,320
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.63 14.48 $ 24.81 $ 51,610
Oklahoma City, OK 950 1.56 13.84 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
Farmington, NM 50 1.23 10.95 $ 28.03 $ 58,300
Tyler, TX 100 1.05 9.37 $ 32.93 $ 68,500
Greeley, CO 110 1.03 9.19 $ 29.49 $ 61,340
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 170 1.02 9.05 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,290 0.77 6.86 $ 31.31 $ 65,120




Top paying metropolitan areas for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 80 0.46 4.05 $ 45.49 $ 94,610
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 120 0.08 0.75 $ 41.97 $ 87,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.29 $ 39.05 $ 81,210
Abilene, TX 30 0.51 4.57 $ 38.78 $ 80,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 0.49 $ 36.30 $ 75,500
Tyler, TX 100 1.05 9.37 $ 32.93 $ 68,500
Bakersfield, CA 750 2.45 21.74 $ 32.68 $ 67,960
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 31.32 $ 65,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,290 0.77 6.86 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
Odessa, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 29.85 $ 62,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Rotary Drill 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 550 4.72 41.94 $ 28.23 $ 58,730
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 530 5.73 50.90 $ 22.31 $ 46,410
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 350 4.65 41.33 $ 26.60 $ 55,330
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 2.12 18.80 $ 25.45 $ 52,940
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.33 11.80 $ 26.52 $ 55,160

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 530 5.73 50.90 $ 22.31 $ 46,410
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 550 4.72 41.94 $ 28.23 $ 58,730
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 350 4.65 41.33 $ 26.60 $ 55,330
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 2.12 18.80 $ 25.45 $ 52,940
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.33 11.80 $ 26.52 $ 55,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 4.04 $ 35.95 $ 74,770
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.12 9.94 $ 33.56 $ 69,810
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.71 6.33 $ 29.76 $ 61,900
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 29.75 $ 61,880
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 28.31 $ 58,890


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.

(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 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