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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,400
25th Percentile Wage
$40,070
50th Percentile Wage
$52,090
75th Percentile Wage
$66,730
90th Percentile Wage
$82,300

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 $82,300. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,400.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$14.62
25th Percentile Wage
$19.26
50th Percentile Wage
$25.04
75th Percentile Wage
$32.08
90th Percentile Wage
$39.57

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.57. The median hourly salary is $25.04. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $14.62.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,090-4.28%5.87%
201554,3200.48%-
201454,0603.79%-
201352,0105.73%-
201249,030--

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 $35,660 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 Odessa (mean annual salary $58,950). The lowest paying area is North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $35,660.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tyler
$67,640
Odessa
$58,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$58,740
Longview
$58,220
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$57,620
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$57,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$53,750
Midland
$53,180
Corpus Christi
$52,030
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$51,180
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$50,750
Fort Worth-Arlington
$49,830
Victoria
$48,980
Abilene
$48,930
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$46,470
Wichita Falls
$45,790
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$42,410
College Station-Bryan
$41,650
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,070
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$35,660


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