Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
26,480 4.3 % $29.36 $61,070 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.70 $18.23 $25.56 $34.89 $45.03
Annual Wage (2) $30,580 $37,910 $53,160 $72,570 $93,660


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 20,740 4.94 $28.85 $60,010
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,210 2.19 $31.80 $66,150
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 390 0.36 $40.28 $83,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 110 0.01 $24.83 $51,640
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 100 0.07 $27.71 $57,640

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 20,740 4.94 $28.85 $60,010
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,210 2.19 $31.80 $66,150
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 390 0.36 $40.28 $83,780
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 100 0.07 $27.71 $57,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 110 0.01 $24.83 $51,640

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 390 0.36 $40.28 $83,780
Oil and Gas Extraction 4,210 2.19 $31.80 $66,150
Support Activities for Mining 20,740 4.94 $28.85 $60,010
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 100 0.07 $27.71 $57,640
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $26.47 $55,050


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 10,240 0.91 4.66 $32.13 $66,820
Oklahoma 2,970 1.88 9.61 $24.74 $51,450
Pennsylvania 2,330 0.41 2.10 $24.40 $50,750
Louisiana 1,740 0.91 4.63 $29.82 $62,030
North Dakota 1,670 3.79 19.35 $31.92 $66,390




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 1,670 3.79 19.35 $31.92 $66,390
Wyoming 850 3.00 15.31 $30.88 $64,230
Oklahoma 2,970 1.88 9.61 $24.74 $51,450
New Mexico 1,140 1.44 7.37 $26.99 $56,140
Alaska 440 1.34 6.85 $36.20 $75,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $38.38 $79,840
Alaska 440 1.34 6.85 $36.20 $75,290
Mississippi 330 0.31 1.56 $35.96 $74,800
California 920 0.06 0.31 $35.13 $73,070
Texas 10,240 0.91 4.66 $32.13 $66,820





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 4,320 1.52 7.75 $36.47 $75,850
Midland, TX 800 9.13 46.61 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 640 1.07 5.46 $29.51 $61,390
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.51 2.62 $35.40 $73,630
Pittsburgh, PA 430 0.38 1.96 $23.98 $49,870
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 420 1.42 7.24 $36.90 $76,750
Lafayette, LA 380 2.41 12.32 $26.16 $54,410
Tulsa, OK 350 0.82 4.20 $26.14 $54,380
Corpus Christi, TX 340 1.83 9.33 $26.50 $55,120
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 330 0.25 1.25 $29.90 $62,200




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 800 9.13 46.61 (8) (8)
Casper, WY 290 6.77 34.56 $28.66 $59,610
Odessa, TX 320 4.32 22.06 $25.30 $52,620
Abilene, TX 190 2.88 14.72 $24.47 $50,910
Wichita Falls, TX 140 2.49 12.73 $21.62 $44,970
Lafayette, LA 380 2.41 12.32 $26.16 $54,410
Longview, TX 200 2.04 10.40 $25.13 $52,270
Corpus Christi, TX 340 1.83 9.33 $26.50 $55,120
Farmington, NM 90 1.78 9.10 $34.85 $72,500
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,320 1.52 7.75 $36.47 $75,850




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.55 2.81 $42.61 $88,630
Anchorage, AK 150 0.83 4.23 $37.85 $78,720
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 420 1.42 7.24 $36.90 $76,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,320 1.52 7.75 $36.47 $75,850
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.51 2.62 $35.40 $73,630
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.14 0.71 $35.34 $73,500
Farmington, NM 90 1.78 9.10 $34.85 $72,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.04 0.22 $33.21 $69,070
Tyler, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.37 $65,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 50 0.03 0.14 $30.07 $62,550

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 1,560 18.87 96.27 $31.83 $66,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,030 7.82 39.88 $26.54 $55,200
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 940 7.49 38.22 $25.28 $52,580
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 740 4.52 23.07 $26.67 $55,470
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 540 3.97 20.25 $27.69 $57,600

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 1,560 18.87 96.27 $31.83 $66,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,030 7.82 39.88 $26.54 $55,200
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 940 7.49 38.22 $25.28 $52,580
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 280 5.34 27.25 $24.75 $51,480
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 5.29 26.99 $33.92 $70,540

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)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.94 $89,320
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 3.34 $38.33 $79,720
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.52 $73,870
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 280 3.77 19.21 $35.24 $73,300
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 5.29 26.99 $33.92 $70,540


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015