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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
12,110 6.9 % $23.09 $48,030 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.25 $18.89 $22.59 $26.98 $30.48
Annual Wage (2) $33,800 $39,290 $46,990 $56,120 $63,390


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 11,210 3.21 $22.88 $47,600
Oil and Gas Extraction 590 0.42 $25.47 $52,970

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 11,210 3.21 $22.88 $47,600
Oil and Gas Extraction 590 0.42 $25.47 $52,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 590 0.42 $25.47 $52,970
Support Activities for Mining 11,210 3.21 $22.88 $47,600


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 6,150 0.49 6.00 $21.95 $45,660
New Mexico 1,070 1.30 15.79 $23.80 $49,500
Oklahoma 1,040 0.64 7.81 $24.59 $51,140
California 890 0.05 0.62 $25.15 $52,310
North Dakota 780 1.84 22.33 $25.63 $53,320




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 780 1.84 22.33 $25.63 $53,320
New Mexico 1,070 1.30 15.79 $23.80 $49,500
Wyoming 190 0.69 8.38 $28.31 $58,890
Oklahoma 1,040 0.64 7.81 $24.59 $51,140
Texas 6,150 0.49 6.00 $21.95 $45,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 190 0.69 8.38 $28.31 $58,890
North Dakota 780 1.84 22.33 $25.63 $53,320
California 890 0.05 0.62 $25.15 $52,310
Oklahoma 1,040 0.64 7.81 $24.59 $51,140
Louisiana 320 0.17 2.00 $24.04 $49,990





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)
Bakersfield, CA 620 1.94 23.56 $24.59 $51,150
Oklahoma City, OK 580 0.93 11.31 $25.97 $54,020
Midland, TX 510 4.62 56.05 $21.43 $44,580
Odessa, TX 360 4.44 53.87 $20.36 $42,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 320 0.09 1.06 $23.32 $48,500
Farmington, NM 270 5.70 69.21 $22.35 $46,480
Tyler, TX 140 1.34 16.22 $27.26 $56,690
Tulsa, OK 130 0.28 3.42 $25.58 $53,210
Corpus Christi, TX 110 0.58 7.05 $22.54 $46,890
Lafayette, LA 100 0.51 6.18 $21.13 $43,960




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 270 5.70 69.21 $22.35 $46,480
Midland, TX 510 4.62 56.05 $21.43 $44,580
Odessa, TX 360 4.44 53.87 $20.36 $42,350
Bakersfield, CA 620 1.94 23.56 $24.59 $51,150
Tyler, TX 140 1.34 16.22 $27.26 $56,690
Casper, WY 50 1.16 14.02 $27.82 $57,860
Oklahoma City, OK 580 0.93 11.31 $25.97 $54,020
Abilene, TX 60 0.86 10.42 $20.11 $41,820
Corpus Christi, TX 110 0.58 7.05 $22.54 $46,890
Lafayette, LA 100 0.51 6.18 $21.13 $43,960




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 50 1.16 14.02 $27.82 $57,860
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 60 0.11 1.30 $27.72 $57,650
Tyler, TX 140 1.34 16.22 $27.26 $56,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 2.41 $26.72 $55,580
Oklahoma City, OK 580 0.93 11.31 $25.97 $54,020
Tulsa, OK 130 0.28 3.42 $25.58 $53,210
Houma-Thibodaux, LA (8) (8) (8) $24.86 $51,700
Bakersfield, CA 620 1.94 23.56 $24.59 $51,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 320 0.09 1.06 $23.32 $48,500
Corpus Christi, TX 110 0.58 7.05 $22.54 $46,890

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 770 6.13 74.31 $25.58 $53,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 770 4.68 56.80 $24.17 $50,270
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 3.86 46.83 $18.93 $39,370
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 510 2.53 30.66 $20.69 $43,030
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.92 23.29 $23.64 $49,180

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 770 6.13 74.31 $25.58 $53,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 770 4.68 56.80 $24.17 $50,270
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 3.86 46.83 $18.93 $39,370
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 510 2.53 30.66 $20.69 $43,030
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.92 23.29 $23.64 $49,180

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 7.59 $29.15 $60,640
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 9.27 $28.67 $59,640
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 770 6.13 74.31 $25.58 $53,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 770 4.68 56.80 $24.17 $50,270
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.88 $49,670


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020