Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

47-5011 Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.

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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)
14,120 7.8 % $15.28 $31,780 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.83 $11.54 $14.34 $17.43 $22.83
Annual Wage (2) $20,440 $24,000 $29,820 $36,250 $47,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for mining 11,750 $14.81 $30,800 1 4
Oil and gas extraction 1,770 $18.29 $38,050 2 1
Management of companies and enterprises 80 $17.25 $35,890 3 2
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 40 $16.82 $34,990 4 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 1,770 $18.29 $38,050 2 1
Management of companies and enterprises 80 $17.25 $35,890 3 2
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 40 $16.82 $34,990 4 3
Support activities for mining 11,750 $14.81 $30,800 1 4
Utility system construction (6) $14.66 $30,490 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 1,000 $14.64 $30,460 0.137% 292
Louisiana 2,470 $18.82 $39,140 0.135% 213
Wyoming 290 $18.15 $37,760 0.121% 163
Oklahoma 1,380 $14.55 $30,270 0.097% 316
Texas 6,490 $14.06 $29,250 0.071% 380

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 2,470 $18.82 $39,140 0.135% 213
Wyoming 290 $18.15 $37,760 0.121% 163
California 230 $17.96 $37,350 0.002% 368
Michigan 350 $17.83 $37,090 0.008% 318
Utah 140 $16.09 $33,460 0.013% 282

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lafayette, LA MSA 940 $16.80 $34,940 0.574%
Longview-Marshall, TX MSA 450 $14.01 $29,140 0.492%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 410 $14.37 $29,880 0.403%
Houma, LA MSA 270 $15.43 $32,090 0.335%
Casper, WY MSA 80 $15.90 $33,070 0.248%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Orleans, LA MSA 630 $19.60 $40,760 0.108%
Lafayette, LA MSA 940 $16.80 $34,940 0.574%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 120 $16.65 $34,640 0.052%
Tulsa, OK MSA (6) $16.42 $34,150 (6)
Casper, WY MSA 80 $15.90 $33,070 0.248%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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