Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
PRINT:Print
OEWS OEWS Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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” (47-5023).


National estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

National estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,170 8.6 % $ 29.73 $ 61,840 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.74 $ 22.57 $ 27.10 $ 37.02 $ 46.40
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,890 $ 46,940 $ 56,380 $ 76,990 $ 96,520


Industry profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 7,440 3.50 $ 28.86 $ 60,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,280 2.14 $ 33.23 $ 69,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 180 0.01 $ 22.86 $ 47,550
Utility System Construction 130 0.02 $ 24.47 $ 50,890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $ 56.46 $ 117,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 7,440 3.50 $ 28.86 $ 60,030
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,280 2.14 $ 33.23 $ 69,120
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.11 $ 31.58 $ 65,690
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $ 56.46 $ 117,450
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $ 21.81 $ 45,350

Top paying industries for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $ 56.46 $ 117,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,280 2.14 $ 33.23 $ 69,120
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $ 31.78 $ 66,100
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.11 $ 31.58 $ 65,690
Support Activities for Mining 7,440 3.50 $ 28.86 $ 60,030


Geographic profile for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,340 0.36 4.48 $ 30.44 $ 63,320
Oklahoma 1,570 1.01 12.73 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
California 970 0.06 0.74 $ 37.93 $ 78,900
Louisiana 760 0.43 5.38 $ 29.40 $ 61,150
New Mexico 320 0.42 5.24 $ 35.99 $ 74,850


Map of location quotient of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 1,570 1.01 12.73 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
Alaska 270 0.90 11.37 $ 29.87 $ 62,130
North Dakota 300 0.75 9.45 $ 36.24 $ 75,380
Louisiana 760 0.43 5.38 $ 29.40 $ 61,150
New Mexico 320 0.42 5.24 $ 35.99 $ 74,850


Map of annual mean wages of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 970 0.06 0.74 $ 37.93 $ 78,900
North Dakota 300 0.75 9.45 $ 36.24 $ 75,380
New Mexico 320 0.42 5.24 $ 35.99 $ 74,850
Wyoming (8) (8) (8) $ 33.20 $ 69,060
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $ 33.06 $ 68,750



Map of employment of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,670 0.58 7.26 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Oklahoma City, OK 600 0.99 12.45 $ 27.47 $ 57,130
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 18.82 $ 35.69 $ 74,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 210 0.04 0.47 $ 40.48 $ 84,210
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 1.53 $ 36.42 $ 75,750
Tulsa, OK 180 0.42 5.32 $ 30.29 $ 63,000
Lafayette, LA 130 0.72 9.04 $ 36.40 $ 75,710
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 100 1.19 15.06 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
San Angelo, TX 60 1.27 16.03 $ 30.66 $ 63,760
Abilene, TX 50 0.71 8.95 $ 25.06 $ 52,120


Map of location quotient of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 18.82 $ 35.69 $ 74,240
San Angelo, TX 60 1.27 16.03 $ 30.66 $ 63,760
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 100 1.19 15.06 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
Oklahoma City, OK 600 0.99 12.45 $ 27.47 $ 57,130
Lafayette, LA 130 0.72 9.04 $ 36.40 $ 75,710
Abilene, TX 50 0.71 8.95 $ 25.06 $ 52,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,670 0.58 7.26 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Tulsa, OK 180 0.42 5.32 $ 30.29 $ 63,000
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.26 3.31 $ 28.85 $ 60,000
Anchorage, AK 40 0.24 3.05 $ 34.49 $ 71,740


Map of annual mean wages of rotary drill operators, oil and gas by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 210 0.04 0.47 $ 40.48 $ 84,210
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 1.53 $ 36.42 $ 75,750
Lafayette, LA 130 0.72 9.04 $ 36.40 $ 75,710
Bakersfield, CA 460 1.49 18.82 $ 35.69 $ 74,240
Anchorage, AK 40 0.24 3.05 $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,670 0.58 7.26 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Midland, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 31.49 $ 65,510
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 100 1.19 15.06 $ 31.25 $ 65,000
San Angelo, TX 60 1.27 16.03 $ 30.66 $ 63,760
Tulsa, OK 180 0.42 5.32 $ 30.29 $ 63,000

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.07 26.06 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 290 1.80 22.74 $ 27.98 $ 58,210
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.56 32.23 $ 36.02 $ 74,920
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.57 32.40 $ 24.24 $ 50,430
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.47 18.51 $ 27.05 $ 56,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 2.72 34.25 $ 20.11 $ 41,820
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 2.57 32.40 $ 24.24 $ 50,430
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.56 32.23 $ 36.02 $ 74,920
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.07 26.14 $ 27.99 $ 58,230
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.07 26.06 $ 28.23 $ 58,710

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.56 32.23 $ 36.02 $ 74,920
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.07 26.06 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 120 1.57 19.75 $ 28.02 $ 58,290
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.07 26.14 $ 27.99 $ 58,230
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 290 1.80 22.74 $ 27.98 $ 58,210


About May 2021 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022