Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
22,400 5.7 % $23.48 $48,830 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.56 $18.58 $22.64 $27.40 $32.64
Annual Wage (2) $32,370 $38,660 $47,090 $56,980 $67,900


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 18,390 4.61 $23.40 $48,670
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,620 1.88 $23.89 $49,690

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 18,390 4.61 $23.40 $48,670
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,620 1.88 $23.89 $49,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,620 1.88 $23.89 $49,690
Support Activities for Mining 18,390 4.61 $23.40 $48,670
Employment Services (8) (8) $20.26 $42,140


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 9,910 0.91 5.38 $23.41 $48,690
Oklahoma 3,170 2.03 12.02 $21.98 $45,710
North Dakota 1,630 3.85 22.79 $27.13 $56,430
Louisiana 1,260 0.67 3.95 $23.49 $48,860
Pennsylvania 930 0.17 0.98 $24.43 $50,810




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 1,630 3.85 22.79 $27.13 $56,430
Wyoming 880 3.14 18.62 $24.16 $50,240
Oklahoma 3,170 2.03 12.02 $21.98 $45,710
New Mexico 930 1.19 7.05 $23.14 $48,130
Texas 9,910 0.91 5.38 $23.41 $48,690




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 0.08 0.45 $30.04 $62,490
Alaska 190 0.58 3.43 $28.80 $59,910
Arkansas 310 0.27 1.59 $27.63 $57,460
North Dakota 1,630 3.85 22.79 $27.13 $56,430
Pennsylvania 930 0.17 0.98 $24.43 $50,810





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 2,630 0.95 5.64 $23.82 $49,540
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.91 5.38 $22.95 $47,740
Midland, TX 730 8.88 52.57 $25.18 $52,370
Odessa, TX 680 9.62 56.96 $24.06 $50,040
Oklahoma City, OK 630 1.05 6.24 $22.06 $45,880
Longview, TX 440 4.42 26.16 $20.57 $42,780
Abilene, TX 400 6.45 38.17 $30.27 $62,960
Lafayette, LA 390 2.52 14.90 $22.71 $47,230
Victoria, TX 390 7.56 44.73 $22.58 $46,970
Tulsa, OK 330 0.78 4.59 $23.08 $48,000




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 680 9.62 56.96 $24.06 $50,040
Midland, TX 730 8.88 52.57 $25.18 $52,370
Victoria, TX 390 7.56 44.73 $22.58 $46,970
Abilene, TX 400 6.45 38.17 $30.27 $62,960
Casper, WY 230 5.53 32.71 $24.79 $51,570
Farmington, NM 230 4.55 26.93 $20.81 $43,280
Longview, TX 440 4.42 26.16 $20.57 $42,780
Lafayette, LA 390 2.52 14.90 $22.71 $47,230
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 230 2.37 14.01 $21.54 $44,790
Corpus Christi, TX 210 1.14 6.73 $22.79 $47,410




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 50 0.27 1.63 $32.46 $67,510
Abilene, TX 400 6.45 38.17 $30.27 $62,960
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $26.70 $55,530
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 110 0.20 1.19 $26.21 $54,520
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $25.91 $53,900
Midland, TX 730 8.88 52.57 $25.18 $52,370
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.96 $51,910
Casper, WY 230 5.53 32.71 $24.79 $51,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.30 $50,550
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.09 0.55 $24.13 $50,200

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 1,520 20.85 123.42 $27.04 $56,240
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 830 7.07 41.86 $21.31 $44,320
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 700 5.45 32.24 $23.91 $49,730
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 660 2.58 15.26 $24.20 $50,340
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.89 17.12 $23.10 $48,050

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 1,520 20.85 123.42 $27.04 $56,240
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 830 7.07 41.86 $21.31 $44,320
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 700 5.45 32.24 $23.91 $49,730
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 5.21 30.83 $21.42 $44,560
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 180 3.43 20.31 $22.56 $46,920

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)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 1.73 10.25 $28.42 $59,120
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.64 9.69 $27.79 $57,800
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.87 11.10 $27.53 $57,260
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.33 $56,860
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,520 20.85 123.42 $27.04 $56,240


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014