The top 5 highest paying industries for derrick operators, oil and gas (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $48,700, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for derrick operators, oil and gas. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $48,430). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 . For more information about salaries of derrick operators, oil and gas in a specific industry, use the links in the table.