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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,790
25th Percentile Wage
$39,030
50th Percentile Wage
$48,130
75th Percentile Wage
$59,970
90th Percentile Wage
$75,520

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 $75,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,790. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201648,1300.46%2.56%
201547,910-1.04%-
201448,4102.73%-
201347,0900.40%-
201246,900--

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

The average salaries of derrick operators, oil and gas in 2 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$48,280
Construction
$30,300

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 $72,800. The highest paying state for derrick operators, oil and gas is Alaska with a median annual salary of $72,800. 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
Alaska
$72,800
Montana
$66,440
North Dakota
$59,020
California
$56,790
Utah
$55,940
Wyoming
$55,730
West Virginia
$53,040
Mississippi
$50,560
Oklahoma
$48,190
Louisiana
$47,790
Texas
$47,360
Pennsylvania
$45,800
Kansas
$45,730
Arkansas
$43,790
New Mexico
$43,020
Ohio
$43,020
Colorado
$42,410
Alabama
$38,380
Illinois
$37,870
Kentucky
$33,660


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