Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
11,580 5.8 % $24.59 $51,140 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.24 $18.76 $23.14 $28.83 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $33,790 $39,030 $48,130 $59,970 $75,520


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 9,510 3.39 $24.41 $50,770
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,660 0.91 $26.43 $54,980

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 9,510 3.39 $24.41 $50,770
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,660 0.91 $26.43 $54,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,660 0.91 $26.43 $54,980
Support Activities for Mining 9,510 3.39 $24.41 $50,770
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $16.62 $34,570


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 4,980 0.42 5.14 $24.21 $50,370
Oklahoma 1,120 0.71 8.57 $23.79 $49,490
New Mexico 980 1.22 14.75 $21.73 $45,190
North Dakota 680 1.60 19.43 $28.98 $60,280
California 550 0.03 0.42 $28.57 $59,420




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 680 1.60 19.43 $28.98 $60,280
New Mexico 980 1.22 14.75 $21.73 $45,190
Wyoming 320 1.17 14.19 $27.06 $56,270
Oklahoma 1,120 0.71 8.57 $23.79 $49,490
Alaska 220 0.67 8.12 $34.20 $71,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 220 0.67 8.12 $34.20 $71,140
Utah 170 0.12 1.50 $29.85 $62,080
North Dakota 680 1.60 19.43 $28.98 $60,280
California 550 0.03 0.42 $28.57 $59,420
Wyoming 320 1.17 14.19 $27.06 $56,270





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 1,790 0.61 7.40 $25.59 $53,230
Oklahoma City, OK 500 0.82 9.96 $24.61 $51,200
Midland, TX 360 4.15 50.34 $25.48 $53,000
Odessa, TX 330 4.88 59.17 $24.79 $51,570
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.89 10.77 $30.48 $63,400
Farmington, NM 210 4.16 50.41 $23.85 $49,610
Lafayette, LA 180 0.90 10.87 $24.03 $49,980
Tulsa, OK 90 0.20 2.49 $25.43 $52,900
Abilene, TX 80 1.23 14.94 $20.05 $41,700
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.14 1.66 $25.85 $53,780




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 330 4.88 59.17 $24.79 $51,570
Farmington, NM 210 4.16 50.41 $23.85 $49,610
Midland, TX 360 4.15 50.34 $25.48 $53,000
Abilene, TX 80 1.23 14.94 $20.05 $41,700
Casper, WY 50 1.15 13.93 $28.37 $59,000
Lafayette, LA 180 0.90 10.87 $24.03 $49,980
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.89 10.77 $30.48 $63,400
Oklahoma City, OK 500 0.82 9.96 $24.61 $51,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,790 0.61 7.40 $25.59 $53,230
Tulsa, OK 90 0.20 2.49 $25.43 $52,900




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 1.00 $33.37 $69,400
Bakersfield, CA 260 0.89 10.77 $30.48 $63,400
Casper, WY 50 1.15 13.93 $28.37 $59,000
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.75 $55,640
Victoria, TX (8) (8) (8) $26.48 $55,080
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.14 1.66 $25.85 $53,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,790 0.61 7.40 $25.59 $53,230
Midland, TX 360 4.15 50.34 $25.48 $53,000
Tulsa, OK 90 0.20 2.49 $25.43 $52,900
Odessa, TX 330 4.88 59.17 $24.79 $51,570

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 770 5.94 72.00 $21.09 $43,860
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 9.96 120.79 $28.89 $60,080
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 440 2.97 35.96 $25.75 $53,560
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.73 20.95 $20.93 $43,530
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 170 1.02 12.43 $24.00 $49,920

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 9.96 120.79 $28.89 $60,080
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 770 5.94 72.00 $21.09 $43,860
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 440 2.97 35.96 $25.75 $53,560
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.48 30.10 $28.83 $59,960
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.73 20.95 $20.93 $43,530

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 12.32 $32.98 $68,600
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 650 9.96 120.79 $28.89 $60,080
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.34 16.21 $28.84 $59,990
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.48 30.10 $28.83 $59,960
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 7.82 $27.59 $57,380


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017