Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
19,480 6.0 % $22.66 $47,120 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.34 $18.08 $21.74 $26.56 $31.86
Annual Wage (2) $31,900 $37,610 $45,220 $55,230 $66,270


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 17,010 5.32 $22.31 $46,410
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,370 1.46 $25.25 $52,520

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 17,010 5.32 $22.31 $46,410
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,370 1.46 $25.25 $52,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,370 1.46 $25.25 $52,520
Support Activities for Mining 17,010 5.32 $22.31 $46,410


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 8,270 0.80 5.29 $21.96 $45,670
California 1,710 0.12 0.80 $24.82 $51,620
Oklahoma 1,660 1.10 7.28 $21.05 $43,790
Louisiana 1,390 0.76 4.99 $23.58 $49,040
North Dakota 1,300 3.51 23.09 $25.93 $53,930




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 1,300 3.51 23.09 $25.93 $53,930
Wyoming 830 3.04 20.03 $23.94 $49,800
Oklahoma 1,660 1.10 7.28 $21.05 $43,790
New Mexico 770 0.99 6.54 $24.00 $49,910
Texas 8,270 0.80 5.29 $21.96 $45,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.32 2.11 $32.15 $66,870
North Dakota 1,300 3.51 23.09 $25.93 $53,930
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) $25.11 $52,220
California 1,710 0.12 0.80 $24.82 $51,620
Colorado 380 0.17 1.13 $24.44 $50,840





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 2,300 0.90 5.93 $22.25 $46,270
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,230 4.76 31.32 $23.73 $49,350
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 730 0.86 5.66 $22.21 $46,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.31 2.05 $22.61 $47,030
Odessa, TX 480 7.67 50.51 $24.38 $50,710
Midland, TX 450 6.51 42.87 $23.46 $48,800
Lafayette, LA 360 2.47 16.23 $21.38 $44,470
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.81 11.91 $21.53 $44,780
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 290 1.01 6.67 $28.62 $59,530
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 270 2.96 19.50 $23.38 $48,640




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 480 7.67 50.51 $24.38 $50,710
Midland, TX 450 6.51 42.87 $23.46 $48,800
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,230 4.76 31.32 $23.73 $49,350
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 270 2.96 19.50 $23.38 $48,640
Lafayette, LA 360 2.47 16.23 $21.38 $44,470
Abilene, TX 150 2.41 15.86 $19.13 $39,780
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.81 11.91 $21.53 $44,780
Fort Smith, AR-OK 200 1.78 11.70 $19.22 $39,970
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 220 1.26 8.31 $22.49 $46,780
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 290 1.01 6.67 $28.62 $59,530




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 30 0.19 1.23 $30.90 $64,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 0.16 $30.83 $64,120
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 240 0.47 3.09 $28.70 $59,700
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 290 1.01 6.67 $28.62 $59,530
Odessa, TX 480 7.67 50.51 $24.38 $50,710
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,230 4.76 31.32 $23.73 $49,350
Midland, TX 450 6.51 42.87 $23.46 $48,800
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 270 2.96 19.50 $23.38 $48,640
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.31 2.05 $22.61 $47,030
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 220 1.26 8.31 $22.49 $46,780

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 1,240 26.58 175.02 $25.86 $53,780
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 790 3.20 21.08 $22.09 $45,960
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 470 3.83 25.21 $26.91 $55,970
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 250 3.24 21.31 $18.63 $38,750
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 2.01 13.24 $19.17 $39,870

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 1,240 26.58 175.02 $25.86 $53,780
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 470 3.83 25.21 $26.91 $55,970
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 180 3.67 24.18 $21.43 $44,580
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 250 3.24 21.31 $18.63 $38,750
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 790 3.20 21.08 $22.09 $45,960

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 70 0.96 6.30 $32.72 $68,060
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.78 11.69 $28.38 $59,020
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 470 3.83 25.21 $26.91 $55,970
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.34 $54,780
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 1,240 26.58 175.02 $25.86 $53,780


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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