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Derrick Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information

The salary statistics of derrick operators, oil and gas are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of derrick operators, oil and gas within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The derrick operators, oil and gas annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Derrick Operator, Oil and Gas Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,270
25th Percentile Wage
$38,090
50th Percentile Wage
$46,140
75th Percentile Wage
$56,030
90th Percentile Wage
$64,460

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for derrick operators, oil and gas. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) derrick operators, oil and gas is $64,460. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,270. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 93% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$46,140
-4.31% -1.65%
2016
$48,130
0.46% -
2015
$47,910
-1.04% -
2014
$48,410
2.73% -
2013
$47,090
0.40% -
2012
$46,900
- -

Table 2. Derrick Operator, Oil and Gas Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of derrick operators, oil and gas in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for derrick operators, oil and gas occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $46,270. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $27,610).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$46,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,950
Construction
$27,610

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas by States

From the above tables we note that not only derrick operators, oil and gas salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of derrick operators, oil and gas in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $33,660 to $57,610. The highest paying state for derrick operators, oil and gas is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $57,610. The lowest paying state is Kentucky with a median annual salary of $33,660. For more salary information of derrick operators, oil and gas profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
North Dakota
$57,610
Wyoming
$55,510
Alaska
$54,610
West Virginia
$53,040
California
$51,800
Colorado
$50,130
Louisiana
$48,800
Pennsylvania
$48,420
Utah
$47,380
Oklahoma
$46,560
Montana
$46,480
Ohio
$46,260
Kansas
$46,260
Mississippi
$45,990
New Mexico
$44,780
Texas
$43,140
Indiana
$42,290
Arkansas
$40,040
Michigan
$39,470
Alabama
$38,380
Illinois
$36,960
Kentucky
$33,660



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