Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of rotary drill operators, oil and gas among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,170
25th Percentile Wage
$49,040
50th Percentile Wage
$61,550
75th Percentile Wage
$85,760
90th Percentile Wage
$98,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $98,200. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $61,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,170.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$61,550
-11.34% -6.47%
2016
$68,530
-5.30% -
2015
$72,160
3.91% -
2014
$69,340
3.00% -
2013
$67,260
2.57% -
2012
$65,530
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in state of California ranges from $57,730 to $81,680. The highest paying area for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $81,680. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (mean annual salary $77,160). The lowest paying area is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $57,730.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$81,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$77,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$69,620
Bakersfield-Delano
$57,730




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