Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
24,960 4.7 % $29.03 $60,380 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.59 $18.91 $26.11 $34.51 $44.65
Annual Wage (2) $30,360 $39,340 $54,310 $71,790 $92,870


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 19,820 4.81 $28.07 $58,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,730 1.93 $33.43 $69,530
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 370 0.34 $42.36 $88,120
Utility System Construction 210 0.04 $25.38 $52,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $24.04 $50,010

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 19,820 4.81 $28.07 $58,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,730 1.93 $33.43 $69,530
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 370 0.34 $42.36 $88,120
Utility System Construction 210 0.04 $25.38 $52,800
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.02 $31.24 $64,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 370 0.34 $42.36 $88,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,730 1.93 $33.43 $69,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 (7) $32.00 $66,560
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.02 $31.24 $64,980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing (8) (8) $30.13 $62,670


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 9,390 0.81 4.48 $31.32 $65,150
Oklahoma 3,170 1.98 10.95 $24.86 $51,720
Pennsylvania 2,190 0.38 2.12 $26.89 $55,940
North Dakota 1,710 3.81 21.07 $31.32 $65,140
Louisiana 1,550 0.80 4.43 $30.07 $62,550



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 1,710 3.81 21.07 $31.32 $65,140
Oklahoma 3,170 1.98 10.95 $24.86 $51,720
Wyoming 400 1.40 7.74 $30.43 $63,300
Alaska 420 1.29 7.15 $37.09 $77,150
New Mexico 840 1.06 5.83 $24.79 $51,560



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 280 0.25 1.37 $38.28 $79,620
Alaska 420 1.29 7.15 $37.09 $77,150
California 910 0.06 0.32 $35.20 $73,210
Texas 9,390 0.81 4.48 $31.32 $65,150
North Dakota 1,710 3.81 21.07 $31.32 $65,140




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 4,400 1.50 8.29 $36.10 $75,080
Oklahoma City, OK 970 1.59 8.79 $27.14 $56,450
Lafayette, LA 760 3.49 19.25 $26.88 $55,920
Pittsburgh, PA 620 0.55 3.02 $26.18 $54,460
Midland, TX 550 5.87 32.45 $26.47 $55,060
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 490 0.50 2.78 $33.21 $69,080
Tulsa, OK 410 0.95 5.24 $25.74 $53,540
Bakersfield, CA 380 1.29 7.14 $39.86 $82,900
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.51 2.80 $43.52 $90,510
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 260 2.70 14.90 (8) (8)



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 550 5.87 32.45 $26.47 $55,060
Casper, WY 200 4.59 25.37 $28.61 $59,500
Lafayette, LA 760 3.49 19.25 $26.88 $55,920
Odessa, TX 250 3.37 18.62 $27.53 $57,250
Farmington, NM 140 2.79 15.40 $30.24 $62,900
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 260 2.70 14.90 (8) (8)
Longview, TX 220 2.23 12.35 $25.73 $53,520
Oklahoma City, OK 970 1.59 8.79 $27.14 $56,450
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.58 8.74 $19.64 $40,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,400 1.50 8.29 $36.10 $75,080



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 90 0.53 2.96 $44.50 $92,560
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 280 0.51 2.80 $43.52 $90,510
Bakersfield, CA 380 1.29 7.14 $39.86 $82,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,400 1.50 8.29 $36.10 $75,080
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 490 0.50 2.78 $33.21 $69,080
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.11 0.63 $33.00 $68,640
San Angelo, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.48 $65,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.04 0.22 $31.10 $64,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.92 $64,310
Farmington, NM 140 2.79 15.40 $30.24 $62,900

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 1,520 17.96 99.20 $31.38 $65,280
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 700 5.53 30.55 $25.59 $53,220
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 690 5.17 28.58 $23.77 $49,440
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 610 2.99 16.50 $24.99 $51,980
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 490 7.25 40.05 $22.70 $47,210

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 1,520 17.96 99.20 $31.38 $65,280
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 490 7.25 40.05 $22.70 $47,210
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 700 5.53 30.55 $25.59 $53,220
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.46 30.16 $25.95 $53,990
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 690 5.17 28.58 $23.77 $49,440

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 320 4.19 23.15 $34.83 $72,440
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,520 17.96 99.20 $31.38 $65,280
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.75 15.17 $31.32 $65,150
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.05 $27.87 $57,960
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.78 9.81 $27.78 $57,780


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016