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Highest Paying States for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

The highest paying states 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 of derrick operators, oil and gas in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $72,800, Alaska is the highest paying state for derrick operators, oil and gas. It is followed by Montana (average annual salary $66,440). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of derrick operators, oil and gas in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Alaska
$72,800
$43,460 220
2 Montana
$66,440
$33,920 50
3 North Dakota
$59,020
$36,920 680
4 California
$56,790
$36,690 550
5 Utah
$55,940
$37,410 170
6 Wyoming
$55,730
$41,590 320
7 West Virginia
$53,040
$32,100 180
8 Mississippi
$50,560
$35,090 120
9 Oklahoma
$48,190
$35,710 1,120
10 Louisiana
$47,790
$35,350 410
11 Texas
$47,360
$33,690 4,980
12 Pennsylvania
$45,800
$32,830 440
13 Kansas
$45,730
$33,220 160
14 Arkansas
$43,790
$33,290 120
15 New Mexico
$43,020
$29,690 980
16 Ohio
$43,020
$33,280 140
17 Colorado
$42,410
$34,230 280
18 Alabama
$38,380
$30,070 120
19 Illinois
$37,870
$28,710 130
20 Kentucky
$33,660
$22,900 90

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of derrick operators, oil and gas in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for derrick operators, oil and gas, Top Paying Jobs in America.