Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
20,760 5.2 % $24.56 $51,090 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.72 $18.40 $23.28 $28.82 $35.72
Annual Wage (2) $32,700 $38,280 $48,410 $59,940 $74,290


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 16,970 4.04 $24.53 $51,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,370 1.75 $24.69 $51,360

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 16,970 4.04 $24.53 $51,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,370 1.75 $24.69 $51,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,370 1.75 $24.69 $51,360
Support Activities for Mining 16,970 4.04 $24.53 $51,020


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 9,980 0.89 5.79 $24.55 $51,060
Oklahoma 2,030 1.29 8.39 $23.06 $47,960
North Dakota 1,650 3.74 24.32 $28.25 $58,750
California 1,010 0.07 0.43 $26.97 $56,100
Wyoming 970 3.44 22.40 $25.16 $52,330



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 1,650 3.74 24.32 $28.25 $58,750
Wyoming 970 3.44 22.40 $25.16 $52,330
Oklahoma 2,030 1.29 8.39 $23.06 $47,960
New Mexico 770 0.98 6.37 $22.51 $46,810
Alaska 320 0.98 6.37 $32.71 $68,050



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 320 0.98 6.37 $32.71 $68,050
Utah 210 0.16 1.04 $30.71 $63,880
Montana 50 0.12 0.79 $29.74 $61,850
North Dakota 1,650 3.74 24.32 $28.25 $58,750
California 1,010 0.07 0.43 $26.97 $56,100




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 3,070 1.08 7.03 $25.51 $53,050
Midland, TX 800 9.13 59.43 $26.42 $54,950
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 620 2.11 13.74 $27.90 $58,030
Odessa, TX 610 8.34 54.27 $23.41 $48,680
Oklahoma City, OK 590 0.98 6.38 $23.43 $48,730
Abilene, TX 500 7.77 50.57 $29.76 $61,910
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.52 3.37 $23.62 $49,130
Longview, TX 420 4.23 27.55 $21.07 $43,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 410 0.18 1.19 $22.28 $46,350
Greeley, CO 260 2.79 18.18 $20.60 $42,840



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 800 9.13 59.43 $26.42 $54,950
Odessa, TX 610 8.34 54.27 $23.41 $48,680
Abilene, TX 500 7.77 50.57 $29.76 $61,910
Longview, TX 420 4.23 27.55 $21.07 $43,830
Casper, WY 150 3.58 23.33 $27.57 $57,350
Farmington, NM 160 3.32 21.63 $24.65 $51,260
Greeley, CO 260 2.79 18.18 $20.60 $42,840
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 620 2.11 13.74 $27.90 $58,030
Lafayette, LA 250 1.61 10.51 $24.90 $51,800
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,070 1.08 7.03 $25.51 $53,050



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 130 0.76 4.95 $37.60 $78,200
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.11 0.69 $32.95 $68,550
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 100 0.29 1.90 $31.94 $66,430
Abilene, TX 500 7.77 50.57 $29.76 $61,910
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 620 2.11 13.74 $27.90 $58,030
Casper, WY 150 3.58 23.33 $27.57 $57,350
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $27.32 $56,830
Midland, TX 800 9.13 59.43 $26.42 $54,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,070 1.08 7.03 $25.51 $53,050
Lafayette, LA 250 1.61 10.51 $24.90 $51,800

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 1,550 18.76 122.11 $28.27 $58,800
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 760 2.91 18.96 $23.96 $49,830
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 600 4.57 29.78 $21.85 $45,440
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 3.73 24.31 $22.08 $45,920
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 380 2.32 15.12 $23.12 $48,090

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 1,550 18.76 122.11 $28.27 $58,800
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 6.81 44.36 $22.17 $46,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 600 4.57 29.78 $21.85 $45,440
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 3.98 25.91 $28.19 $58,630
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 470 3.73 24.31 $22.08 $45,920

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)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 8.44 $31.70 $65,940
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 2.52 16.42 $29.75 $61,870
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.44 15.86 $29.15 $60,640
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,550 18.76 122.11 $28.27 $58,800
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 3.98 25.91 $28.19 $58,630


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015