Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
9,590 6.3 % $22.84 $47,510 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.00 $18.31 $22.18 $26.94 $30.99
Annual Wage (2) $33,270 $38,090 $46,140 $56,030 $64,460


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 8,270 3.03 $22.94 $47,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 930 0.68 $22.93 $47,680
Utility System Construction 80 0.02 $15.99 $33,250

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 8,270 3.03 $22.94 $47,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 930 0.68 $22.93 $47,680
Utility System Construction 80 0.02 $15.99 $33,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 8,270 3.03 $22.94 $47,710
Oil and Gas Extraction 930 0.68 $22.93 $47,680
Utility System Construction 80 0.02 $15.99 $33,250


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 3,890 0.33 4.86 $21.36 $44,420
New Mexico 1,160 1.45 21.53 $22.52 $46,840
Oklahoma 970 0.62 9.15 $22.72 $47,250
North Dakota 560 1.35 20.13 $27.43 $57,050
California 560 0.03 0.50 $25.35 $52,740




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)
New Mexico 1,160 1.45 21.53 $22.52 $46,840
North Dakota 560 1.35 20.13 $27.43 $57,050
Wyoming 230 0.85 12.56 $26.01 $54,100
Oklahoma 970 0.62 9.15 $22.72 $47,250
Alaska 140 0.44 6.60 $26.09 $54,270




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 560 1.35 20.13 $27.43 $57,050
Alaska 140 0.44 6.60 $26.09 $54,270
Wyoming 230 0.85 12.56 $26.01 $54,100
California 560 0.03 0.50 $25.35 $52,740
Colorado 130 0.05 0.75 $24.58 $51,130



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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)
Oklahoma City, OK 460 0.77 11.37 $23.66 $49,220
Bakersfield, CA 360 1.18 17.60 $25.06 $52,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 4.34 $20.51 $42,660
Midland, TX 250 2.89 42.89 $22.38 $46,550
Farmington, NM 240 4.91 72.96 $21.95 $45,660
Odessa, TX 150 2.20 32.69 $20.69 $43,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.04 0.65 $25.27 $52,550
Corpus Christi, TX 60 0.33 4.98 $23.07 $47,980
Casper, WY 50 1.26 18.74 $26.33 $54,760
Abilene, TX 50 0.70 10.38 $19.22 $39,970


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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 240 4.91 72.96 $21.95 $45,660
Midland, TX 250 2.89 42.89 $22.38 $46,550
Odessa, TX 150 2.20 32.69 $20.69 $43,040
Casper, WY 50 1.26 18.74 $26.33 $54,760
Bakersfield, CA 360 1.18 17.60 $25.06 $52,120
Victoria, TX 30 0.81 12.08 $21.73 $45,190
Oklahoma City, OK 460 0.77 11.37 $23.66 $49,220
Abilene, TX 50 0.70 10.38 $19.22 $39,970
Corpus Christi, TX 60 0.33 4.98 $23.07 $47,980
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.29 4.34 $20.51 $42,660


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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 1.26 18.74 $26.33 $54,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.04 0.65 $25.27 $52,550
Bakersfield, CA 360 1.18 17.60 $25.06 $52,120
Oklahoma City, OK 460 0.77 11.37 $23.66 $49,220
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $23.59 $49,070
Corpus Christi, TX 60 0.33 4.98 $23.07 $47,980
Midland, TX 250 2.89 42.89 $22.38 $46,550
Salt Lake City, UT 30 0.05 0.70 $22.18 $46,140
Farmington, NM 240 4.91 72.96 $21.95 $45,660
Victoria, TX 30 0.81 12.08 $21.73 $45,190

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 920 7.24 107.63 $22.66 $47,130
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 530 8.69 129.15 $27.56 $57,330
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 360 1.87 27.74 $18.93 $39,370
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 1.79 26.63 $21.10 $43,900
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.95 28.93 $21.09 $43,860

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 530 8.69 129.15 $27.56 $57,330
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 920 7.24 107.63 $22.66 $47,130
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.58 38.34 $24.16 $50,250
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.95 28.93 $21.09 $43,860
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 360 1.87 27.74 $18.93 $39,370

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 530 8.69 129.15 $27.56 $57,330
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 110 2.58 38.34 $24.16 $50,250
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 7.87 $23.62 $49,120
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.34 $48,550
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 0.76 11.36 $22.72 $47,250


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018