Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
16,930 5.7 % $21.53 $44,790 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.35 $17.05 $20.90 $24.96 $30.29
Annual Wage (2) $29,850 $35,470 $43,470 $51,910 $63,000


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 14,740 5.54 $21.20 $44,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,050 1.32 $23.72 $49,330
Employment Services 30 0.00 $17.96 $37,360

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 14,740 5.54 $21.20 $44,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,050 1.32 $23.72 $49,330
Employment Services 30 0.00 $17.96 $37,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,050 1.32 $23.72 $49,330
Support Activities for Mining 14,740 5.54 $21.20 $44,090
Employment Services 30 (7) $17.96 $37,360


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 6,830 0.68 5.08 $20.61 $42,870
California 2,080 0.15 1.11 $23.38 $48,620
Louisiana 1,310 0.71 5.36 $22.36 $46,510
Oklahoma 950 0.64 4.79 $19.85 $41,280
Wyoming 890 3.29 24.73 $23.49 $48,860




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)
Wyoming 890 3.29 24.73 $23.49 $48,860
New Mexico 770 1.00 7.48 $23.88 $49,680
Arkansas 860 0.76 5.69 $19.45 $40,450
Louisiana 1,310 0.71 5.36 $22.36 $46,510
Texas 6,830 0.68 5.08 $20.61 $42,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.54 4.03 $32.17 $66,910
New Mexico 770 1.00 7.48 $23.88 $49,680
Wyoming 890 3.29 24.73 $23.49 $48,860
Colorado 270 0.13 0.95 $23.43 $48,740
Alabama 30 0.02 0.14 $23.39 $48,660

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 2,210 0.88 6.63 $21.30 $44,310
Bakersfield, CA 1,530 6.10 45.81 $22.39 $46,580
Odessa, TX 590 10.37 77.89 $21.60 $44,920
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.22 1.62 $21.23 $44,170
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.59 4.42 $25.01 $52,030
Midland, TX 280 4.32 32.44 $22.73 $47,290
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 280 3.05 22.93 $21.37 $44,450
San Antonio, TX 250 0.30 2.28 $16.67 $34,670
Farmington, NM 240 5.00 37.52 $26.69 $55,510
Lafayette, LA 230 1.62 12.13 $21.50 $44,720




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 590 10.37 77.89 $21.60 $44,920
Bakersfield, CA 1,530 6.10 45.81 $22.39 $46,580
Farmington, NM 240 5.00 37.52 $26.69 $55,510
Midland, TX 280 4.32 32.44 $22.73 $47,290
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 280 3.05 22.93 $21.37 $44,450
Abilene, TX 160 2.62 19.69 $18.12 $37,690
Lafayette, LA 230 1.62 12.13 $21.50 $44,720
Corpus Christi, TX 200 1.16 8.72 $20.68 $43,020
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 180 1.06 7.97 $21.45 $44,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,210 0.88 6.63 $21.30 $44,310




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.22 $30.26 $62,940
Anchorage, AK 80 0.51 3.86 $29.83 $62,050
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.38 $59,040
Farmington, NM 240 5.00 37.52 $26.69 $55,510
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.59 4.42 $25.01 $52,030
Midland, TX 280 4.32 32.44 $22.73 $47,290
Bakersfield, CA 1,530 6.10 45.81 $22.39 $46,580
Odessa, TX 590 10.37 77.89 $21.60 $44,920
Lafayette, LA 230 1.62 12.13 $21.50 $44,720
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 180 1.06 7.97 $21.45 $44,620

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 610 2.55 19.11 $20.56 $42,760
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 520 4.29 32.23 $22.68 $47,170
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 360 5.97 44.80 $23.70 $49,290
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 290 3.82 28.65 $18.10 $37,640
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 270 5.72 42.93 $23.22 $48,290

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 360 5.97 44.80 $23.70 $49,290
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 270 5.72 42.93 $23.22 $48,290
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 520 4.29 32.23 $22.68 $47,170
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 290 3.82 28.65 $18.10 $37,640
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 610 2.55 19.11 $20.56 $42,760

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.15 8.64 $34.61 $71,990
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.60 $57,420
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.21 $23.77 $49,450
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 360 5.97 44.80 $23.70 $49,290
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 270 5.72 42.93 $23.22 $48,290


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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