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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,740
25th Percentile Wage
$36,410
50th Percentile Wage
$43,140
75th Percentile Wage
$51,380
90th Percentile Wage
$60,810

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 $60,810. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,740.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of derrick operators, oil and gas from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,140
-9.78% -5.38%
2016
$47,360
0.97% -
2015
$46,900
-1.71% -
2014
$47,700
3.25% -
2013
$46,150
1.50% -
2012
$45,460
- -

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 $23,090 to $53,000. The highest paying area for derrick operators, oil and gas in Texas is Tyler with a median annual salary of $53,000. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (mean annual salary $49,760). The lowest paying area is Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos with a median annual salary of $23,090.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tyler
$53,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$49,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$49,000
Corpus Christi
$47,540
Midland
$46,370
Longview
$45,830
Victoria
$45,640
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$45,280
Odessa
$44,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$42,170
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,070
Fort Worth-Arlington
$40,730
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$39,260
Abilene
$38,830
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$38,450
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$38,290
College Station-Bryan
$38,160
Wichita Falls
$37,990
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$37,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$36,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$33,380
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$23,090




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