Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information in Texas

The average annual and hourly salaries for rotary drill 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 rotary drill operators, oil and gas among Texas metropolitan areas 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 Texas

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,460
25th Percentile Wage
$41,240
50th Percentile Wage
$52,310
75th Percentile Wage
$64,160
90th Percentile Wage
$79,410

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rotary drill 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 $79,410. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,460.

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
$52,310
0.42% 6.27%
2016
$52,090
-4.28% -
2015
$54,320
0.48% -
2014
$54,060
3.79% -
2013
$52,010
5.73% -
2012
$49,030
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in state of Texas ranges from $41,070 to $67,640. The highest paying area for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in Texas is Tyler with a median annual salary of $67,640. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is San Angelo (mean annual salary $66,640). The lowest paying area is Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,070.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tyler
$67,640
San Angelo
$66,640
Odessa
$63,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$58,740
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$58,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$57,620
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$57,000
Corpus Christi
$53,470
Midland
$53,180
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$52,890
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$52,430
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$52,180
Longview
$51,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$50,200
Victoria
$48,980
Fort Worth-Arlington
$47,820
Abilene
$47,290
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$46,830
Wichita Falls
$45,790
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$42,410
College Station-Bryan
$41,650
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,070




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