Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
21,950 5.8 % $23.43 $48,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.65 $18.59 $22.55 $27.79 $33.14
Annual Wage (2) $32,560 $38,670 $46,900 $57,810 $68,940


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 19,240 5.06 $23.20 $48,260
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,540 1.40 $24.95 $51,890

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 19,240 5.06 $23.20 $48,260
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,540 1.40 $24.95 $51,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,540 1.40 $24.95 $51,890
Support Activities for Mining 19,240 5.06 $23.20 $48,260


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 9,550 0.90 5.36 $23.02 $47,880
Oklahoma 2,090 1.37 8.13 $21.11 $43,920
North Dakota 1,900 4.70 27.92 $26.08 $54,240
California 1,570 0.11 0.65 $25.45 $52,940
Louisiana 1,390 0.75 4.42 $23.79 $49,480




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 1,900 4.70 27.92 $26.08 $54,240
Wyoming 690 2.47 14.64 $24.64 $51,260
Oklahoma 2,090 1.37 8.13 $21.11 $43,920
Texas 9,550 0.90 5.36 $23.02 $47,880
New Mexico 690 0.89 5.29 $22.83 $47,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.54 3.23 $29.09 $60,520
North Dakota 1,900 4.70 27.92 $26.08 $54,240
Montana 120 0.27 1.63 $25.78 $53,620
California 1,570 0.11 0.65 $25.45 $52,940
Arkansas 460 0.40 2.39 $25.42 $52,870





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,250 0.85 5.05 $23.11 $48,060
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 950 3.48 20.67 $24.31 $50,560
Oklahoma City, OK 930 1.59 9.41 $21.15 $44,000
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 920 1.04 6.18 $22.78 $47,380
Odessa, TX 910 13.44 79.75 $24.03 $49,970
Midland, TX 540 6.97 41.35 $23.07 $47,990
Abilene, TX 490 7.86 46.63 $31.13 $64,760
Lafayette, LA 390 2.61 15.48 $21.59 $44,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 280 0.98 5.79 $28.83 $59,960
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 270 0.53 3.12 $28.25 $58,750




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 910 13.44 79.75 $24.03 $49,970
Abilene, TX 490 7.86 46.63 $31.13 $64,760
Midland, TX 540 6.97 41.35 $23.07 $47,990
Casper, WY 190 4.73 28.05 $24.22 $50,370
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 950 3.48 20.67 $24.31 $50,560
Lafayette, LA 390 2.61 15.48 $21.59 $44,900
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 230 2.50 14.85 $21.44 $44,600
Longview, TX 180 1.87 11.12 $21.01 $43,710
Oklahoma City, OK 930 1.59 9.41 $21.15 $44,000
Corpus Christi, TX 190 1.07 6.38 $21.29 $44,290




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 40 0.26 1.55 $31.24 $64,990
Abilene, TX 490 7.86 46.63 $31.13 $64,760
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 280 0.98 5.79 $28.83 $59,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.33 $28.62 $59,540
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 270 0.53 3.12 $28.25 $58,750
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 950 3.48 20.67 $24.31 $50,560
Casper, WY 190 4.73 28.05 $24.22 $50,370
Odessa, TX 910 13.44 79.75 $24.03 $49,970
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 130 0.77 4.57 $23.11 $48,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,250 0.85 5.05 $23.11 $48,060

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 Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,770 28.55 169.43 $25.92 $53,920
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 850 3.37 20.00 $23.33 $48,520
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 630 5.46 32.42 $19.62 $40,810
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 4.52 26.84 $23.39 $48,640
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 500 3.96 23.50 $24.05 $50,020

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 Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,770 28.55 169.43 $25.92 $53,920
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 630 5.46 32.42 $19.62 $40,810
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 580 4.52 26.84 $23.39 $48,640
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 500 3.96 23.50 $24.05 $50,020
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 190 3.79 22.51 $21.56 $44,840

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)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.99 11.79 $28.79 $59,870
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.76 10.43 $28.34 $58,950
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.98 $58,200
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.70 10.11 $26.77 $55,670
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.31 $54,730


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013