Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,370 4.9 % $27.01 $56,180 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.34 $19.90 $25.95 $32.23 $40.22
Annual Wage (2) $31,900 $41,400 $53,980 $67,040 $83,670


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 11,960 4.38 $25.71 $53,470
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,810 1.33 $30.82 $64,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $38.28 $79,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $23.92 $49,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 $39.79 $82,760

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 11,960 4.38 $25.71 $53,470
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,810 1.33 $30.82 $64,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $38.28 $79,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $23.92 $49,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 $39.79 $82,760

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 50 (7) $39.79 $82,760
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 540 0.48 $38.28 $79,620
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 30 (7) $37.01 $76,980
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $31.80 $66,130
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,810 1.33 $30.82 $64,110


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 5,750 0.48 4.48 $26.29 $54,680
Oklahoma 1,800 1.14 10.60 $26.62 $55,380
California 1,090 0.07 0.60 $31.38 $65,270
Pennsylvania 990 0.17 1.59 $26.85 $55,850
Colorado 990 0.39 3.59 $27.22 $56,610




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 900 2.16 20.03 $30.92 $64,310
Oklahoma 1,800 1.14 10.60 $26.62 $55,380
Wyoming 200 0.75 6.99 $28.96 $60,240
Alaska 200 0.64 5.92 $32.17 $66,920
New Mexico 440 0.55 5.13 $24.18 $50,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 30 0.07 0.63 $33.79 $70,270
Alaska 200 0.64 5.92 $32.17 $66,920
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $31.50 $65,530
California 1,090 0.07 0.60 $31.38 $65,270
North Dakota 900 2.16 20.03 $30.92 $64,310



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,590 0.88 8.19 $26.67 $55,470
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.17 10.87 $30.98 $64,430
Bakersfield, CA 530 1.76 16.28 $29.77 $61,930
Midland, TX 360 4.08 37.83 (8) (8)
Lafayette, LA 340 1.74 16.14 $25.70 $53,460
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.27 2.53 (8) (8)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.88 $25.69 $53,420
Tulsa, OK 290 0.69 6.36 $24.80 $51,580
Corpus Christi, TX 160 0.86 7.97 $26.60 $55,330
Williamsport, PA 110 2.26 20.95 $26.97 $56,100


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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)
Midland, TX 360 4.08 37.83 (8) (8)
Williamsport, PA 110 2.26 20.95 $26.97 $56,100
Casper, WY 80 2.14 19.86 $26.90 $55,950
Bakersfield, CA 530 1.76 16.28 $29.77 $61,930
Lafayette, LA 340 1.74 16.14 $25.70 $53,460
Odessa, TX 110 1.66 15.43 $33.59 $69,860
Farmington, NM 60 1.28 11.87 $29.95 $62,300
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.17 10.87 $30.98 $64,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,590 0.88 8.19 $26.67 $55,470
Corpus Christi, TX 160 0.86 7.97 $26.60 $55,330


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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.58 $71,920
Anchorage, AK 50 0.27 2.53 $33.93 $70,570
Odessa, TX 110 1.66 15.43 $33.59 $69,860
Oklahoma City, OK 710 1.17 10.87 $30.98 $64,430
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.64 $63,740
Farmington, NM 60 1.28 11.87 $29.95 $62,300
Bakersfield, CA 530 1.76 16.28 $29.77 $61,930
Williamsport, PA 110 2.26 20.95 $26.97 $56,100
Casper, WY 80 2.14 19.86 $26.90 $55,950
Grand Junction, CO (8) (8) (8) $26.75 $55,630

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 720 11.88 110.13 $31.27 $65,050
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 3.02 28.00 $28.88 $60,070
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 380 2.95 27.35 $23.15 $48,160
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 220 1.39 12.93 $26.44 $54,990
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 160 3.85 35.66 $25.95 $53,970

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 720 11.88 110.13 $31.27 $65,050
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 160 3.85 35.66 $25.95 $53,970
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 3.02 28.00 $28.88 $60,070
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 380 2.95 27.35 $23.15 $48,160
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 2.74 25.38 $29.63 $61,620

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 140 2.00 18.56 $31.89 $66,330
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 720 11.88 110.13 $31.27 $65,050
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 2.74 25.38 $29.63 $61,620
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 2.36 21.86 $29.39 $61,130
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 3.02 28.00 $28.88 $60,070


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.

(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 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