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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
18,010 5.8 % $27.28 $56,740 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.44 $19.75 $25.86 $32.82 $42.21
Annual Wage (2) $32,110 $41,090 $53,800 $68,250 $87,790


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 14,520 4.53 $26.44 $55,000
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,800 1.28 $29.12 $60,570
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $39.93 $83,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $25.10 $52,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 0.00 $38.56 $80,190

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 14,520 4.53 $26.44 $55,000
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,800 1.28 $29.12 $60,570
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $39.93 $83,060
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $25.10 $52,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 $44.07 $91,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $44.07 $91,660
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $39.93 $83,060
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 (7) $38.56 $80,190
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $30.12 $62,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,800 1.28 $29.12 $60,570


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 6,850 0.57 4.55 $27.16 $56,490
Oklahoma 2,610 1.64 13.17 $27.70 $57,620
California 1,430 0.08 0.67 $32.03 $66,630
Louisiana 980 0.51 4.11 $25.25 $52,520
New Mexico 930 1.14 9.17 $21.41 $44,540




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 750 1.81 14.51 $31.94 $66,440
Oklahoma 2,610 1.64 13.17 $27.70 $57,620
New Mexico 930 1.14 9.17 $21.41 $44,540
Wyoming 250 0.92 7.42 $29.57 $61,510
Alaska 230 0.73 5.89 $35.72 $74,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 230 0.73 5.89 $35.72 $74,290
Indiana 180 0.06 0.46 $32.21 $67,000
California 1,430 0.08 0.67 $32.03 $66,630
North Dakota 750 1.81 14.51 $31.94 $66,440
Wyoming 250 0.92 7.42 $29.57 $61,510





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 2,740 0.92 7.39 $28.16 $58,560
Oklahoma City, OK 1,380 2.23 17.95 $32.19 $66,950
Bakersfield, CA 870 2.85 22.88 $29.53 $61,410
Lafayette, LA 510 2.59 20.79 $23.18 $48,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 420 0.12 0.95 $28.10 $58,460
Tulsa, OK 320 0.74 5.96 $20.92 $43,510
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.24 1.92 $24.67 $51,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.32 $34.89 $72,570
Corpus Christi, TX 240 1.28 10.25 $26.75 $55,640
Odessa, TX 230 3.04 24.46 $28.76 $59,830




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)
Odessa, TX 230 3.04 24.46 $28.76 $59,830
Bakersfield, CA 870 2.85 22.88 $29.53 $61,410
Casper, WY 100 2.65 21.33 $26.76 $55,660
Lafayette, LA 510 2.59 20.79 $23.18 $48,220
Oklahoma City, OK 1,380 2.23 17.95 $32.19 $66,950
Farmington, NM 60 1.31 10.54 $32.60 $67,810
Corpus Christi, TX 240 1.28 10.25 $26.75 $55,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,740 0.92 7.39 $28.16 $58,560
Tulsa, OK 320 0.74 5.96 $20.92 $43,510
Anchorage, AK 80 0.44 3.55 $38.69 $80,470




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)
Anchorage, AK 80 0.44 3.55 $38.69 $80,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.32 $34.89 $72,570
Abilene, TX (8) (8) (8) $34.76 $72,300
Farmington, NM 60 1.31 10.54 $32.60 $67,810
Oklahoma City, OK 1,380 2.23 17.95 $32.19 $66,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 200 0.04 0.35 $30.60 $63,640
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 190 0.13 1.01 $29.91 $62,220
Bakersfield, CA 870 2.85 22.88 $29.53 $61,410
Odessa, TX 230 3.04 24.46 $28.76 $59,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,740 0.92 7.39 $28.16 $58,560

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 43.04 $20.45 $42,540
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 720 5.98 48.03 $32.12 $66,810
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 600 3.09 24.83 $28.29 $58,830
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.53 20.32 $24.52 $51,000
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.08 8.65 $25.24 $52,500

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 720 5.98 48.03 $32.12 $66,810
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 5.36 43.04 $20.45 $42,540
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 600 3.09 24.83 $28.29 $58,830
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.53 20.32 $24.52 $51,000
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 1.36 10.94 $19.66 $40,880

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.26 10.16 $34.75 $72,280
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 720 5.98 48.03 $32.12 $66,810
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 4.59 $31.45 $65,410
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 600 3.09 24.83 $28.29 $58,830
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.61 $57,430


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.

(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 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