Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information in North Dakota

The average annual and hourly salaries for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in the state of North Dakota are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of rotary drill operators, oil and gas among North Dakota cities 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 North Dakota

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,400
25th Percentile Wage
$48,820
50th Percentile Wage
$60,860
75th Percentile Wage
$79,850
90th Percentile Wage
$98,130

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in North Dakota in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $98,130. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $60,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,400.

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
$60,860
-1.59% -10.37%
2016
$61,830
3.17% -
2015
$59,870
-4.59% -
2014
$62,620
-4.17% -
2013
$65,230
-2.97% -
2012
$67,170
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in some North Dakota cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in state of North Dakota ranges from $61,000 to $62,270. The highest paying area for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in North Dakota is West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $62,270. The lowest paying area is Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $61,000.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$62,270
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area
$61,000




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