Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
17,400 4.9 % $27.47 $57,140 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.97 $19.54 $26.17 $33.72 $41.91
Annual Wage (2) $31,140 $40,650 $54,430 $70,140 $87,170


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 12,800 4.56 $26.73 $55,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,980 1.64 $29.06 $60,440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 400 0.36 (8) (8)
Utility System Construction 270 0.05 $30.54 $63,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 190 0.01 $25.94 $53,960

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 12,800 4.56 $26.73 $55,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,980 1.64 $29.06 $60,440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 400 0.36 (8) (8)
Metal Ore Mining 80 0.20 $25.13 $52,270
Utility System Construction 270 0.05 $30.54 $63,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 270 0.05 $30.54 $63,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $29.53 $61,430
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,980 1.64 $29.06 $60,440
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing (8) (8) $28.20 $58,650
Support Activities for Mining 12,800 4.56 $26.73 $55,590


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 6,510 0.55 4.47 $26.69 $55,510
Oklahoma 1,980 1.25 10.09 $25.89 $53,850
California 1,200 0.08 0.61 $33.00 $68,640
Pennsylvania 1,070 0.19 1.50 $26.05 $54,180
Louisiana 1,060 0.55 4.43 $28.83 $59,970




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 940 2.22 17.91 $31.43 $65,370
Oklahoma 1,980 1.25 10.09 $25.89 $53,850
Alaska 380 1.17 9.43 $34.41 $71,570
Wyoming 280 1.00 8.06 $30.78 $64,020
New Mexico 560 0.69 5.58 $22.97 $47,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 320 0.28 2.29 $38.84 $80,780
Alaska 380 1.17 9.43 $34.41 $71,570
California 1,200 0.08 0.61 $33.00 $68,640
North Dakota 940 2.22 17.91 $31.43 $65,370
Wyoming 280 1.00 8.06 $30.78 $64,020





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 2,790 0.95 7.67 $26.85 $55,840
Oklahoma City, OK 640 1.06 8.52 $29.09 $60,520
Bakersfield, CA 640 2.16 17.45 $33.83 $70,370
Lafayette, LA 550 2.70 21.81 $27.89 $58,020
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 420 0.42 3.42 $27.86 $57,940
Midland, TX 310 3.59 28.95 $27.37 $56,930
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.25 2.04 $26.54 $55,210
Tulsa, OK 270 0.62 5.00 $25.94 $53,960
Odessa, TX 160 2.37 19.15 $28.85 $60,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.43 $26.93 $56,010




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 310 3.59 28.95 $27.37 $56,930
Casper, WY 110 2.71 21.84 $28.75 $59,800
Lafayette, LA 550 2.70 21.81 $27.89 $58,020
Odessa, TX 160 2.37 19.15 $28.85 $60,010
Bakersfield, CA 640 2.16 17.45 $33.83 $70,370
Farmington, NM 90 1.71 13.83 $30.49 $63,420
Oklahoma City, OK 640 1.06 8.52 $29.09 $60,520
Wichita Falls, TX 50 0.97 7.82 $23.45 $48,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,790 0.95 7.67 $26.85 $55,840
Abilene, TX 60 0.95 7.68 $24.39 $50,740




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 110 0.65 5.23 $38.05 $79,140
Bakersfield, CA 640 2.16 17.45 $33.83 $70,370
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 0.66 $32.89 $68,410
San Angelo, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.39 $67,370
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $31.33 $65,170
Farmington, NM 90 1.71 13.83 $30.49 $63,420
Oklahoma City, OK 640 1.06 8.52 $29.09 $60,520
Odessa, TX 160 2.37 19.15 $28.85 $60,010
Casper, WY 110 2.71 21.84 $28.75 $59,800
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 70 0.07 0.56 $28.73 $59,770

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 800 12.28 99.07 $31.97 $66,500
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 710 3.63 29.33 $26.67 $55,480
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 460 3.58 28.89 $21.64 $45,000
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 390 6.08 49.08 $22.90 $47,620
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.94 15.63 $28.20 $58,650

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 800 12.28 99.07 $31.97 $66,500
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 390 6.08 49.08 $22.90 $47,620
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 200 4.73 38.17 $26.68 $55,490
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 710 3.63 29.33 $26.67 $55,480
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 460 3.58 28.89 $21.64 $45,000

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.91 $76,770
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.36 27.10 $32.85 $68,330
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.51 $67,620
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 800 12.28 99.07 $31.97 $66,500
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.26 18.25 $28.79 $59,890


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.

(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 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