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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 $57,610, North Dakota is the highest paying state for derrick operators, oil and gas. It is followed by Wyoming (average annual salary $55,510). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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 North Dakota
$57,610
$39,100 560
2 Wyoming
$55,510
$41,340 230
3 Alaska
$54,610
$35,370 140
4 West Virginia
$53,040
$32,100 180
5 California
$51,800
$34,840 560
6 Colorado
$50,130
$37,880 130
7 Louisiana
$48,800
$35,290 290
8 Pennsylvania
$48,420
$34,610 340
9 Utah
$47,380
$33,620 150
10 Oklahoma
$46,560
$36,740 970
11 Montana
$46,480
$36,740 50
12 Ohio
$46,260
$34,000 140
13 Kansas
$46,260
$33,320 120
14 Mississippi
$45,990
$34,390 150
15 New Mexico
$44,780
$29,860 1,160
16 Texas
$43,140
$32,740 3,890
17 Indiana
$42,290
$33,000 40
18 Arkansas
$40,040
$32,840 70
19 Michigan
$39,470
$32,260 50
20 Alabama
$38,380
$30,070 120
21 Illinois
$36,960
$28,020 130
22 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.