Derrick Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information in Texas

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

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas in Texas

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,690
25th Percentile Wage
$38,770
50th Percentile Wage
$47,360
75th Percentile Wage
$58,330
90th Percentile Wage
$72,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for derrick operators, oil and gas in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $72,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $47,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,690.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.20
25th Percentile Wage
$18.64
50th Percentile Wage
$22.77
75th Percentile Wage
$28.04
90th Percentile Wage
$34.90

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for derrick operators, oil and gas in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $34.90. The median hourly salary is $22.77. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.20.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,3600.97%4.01%
201546,900-1.71%-
201447,7003.25%-
201346,1501.50%-
201245,460--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas in Texas Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of derrick operators, oil and gas in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of derrick operators, oil and gas in state of Texas ranges from $33,380 to $53,350. The highest paying area for derrick operators, oil and gas in Texas is Central Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $53,350. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Midland (mean annual salary $49,860). The lowest paying area is Beaumont-Port Arthur with a median annual salary of $33,380.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$53,350
Midland
$49,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$49,760
Odessa
$49,540
Victoria
$47,350
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$47,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$47,270
Corpus Christi
$46,140
Longview
$45,830
Fort Worth-Arlington
$44,940
Abilene
$41,210
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$39,780
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$38,290
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,510
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$36,850
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$36,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$33,380


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