Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information in Colorado

The average annual and hourly salaries for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in the state of Colorado are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of rotary drill operators, oil and gas among Colorado 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,870
25th Percentile Wage
$48,540
50th Percentile Wage
$59,630
75th Percentile Wage
$70,540
90th Percentile Wage
$78,210

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $78,210. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,870.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18.69
25th Percentile Wage
$23.34
50th Percentile Wage
$28.67
75th Percentile Wage
$33.92
90th Percentile Wage
$37.60

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.60. The median hourly salary is $28.67. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18.69.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,630-0.54%2.33%
201559,95013.74%-
201451,710-7.48%-
201355,580-4.79%-
201258,240--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in state of Colorado ranges from $41,500 to $71,830. The highest paying area for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in Colorado is Greeley with a median annual salary of $71,830. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield (mean annual salary $66,420). The lowest paying area is Grand Junction with a median annual salary of $41,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Greeley
$71,830
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$66,420
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$55,640
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$55,170
Grand Junction
$41,500



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