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Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary Information

The salary statistics of rotary drill operators, oil and gas are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of rotary drill operators, oil and gas within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The rotary drill 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. Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,900
25th Percentile Wage
$41,400
50th Percentile Wage
$53,980
75th Percentile Wage
$67,040
90th Percentile Wage
$83,670

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for rotary drill operators, oil and gas. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) rotary drill operators, oil and gas is $83,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,900. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 162% 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 rotary drill operators, oil and gas from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,980
-0.83% 8.82%
2016
$54,430
0.22% -
2015
$54,310
2.12% -
2014
$53,160
2.99% -
2013
$51,570
4.56% -
2012
$49,220
- -

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

The average salaries of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in 8 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 rotary drill operators, oil and gas occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $79,160. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $48,520).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$79,160
Construction
$69,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,140
Wholesale Trade
$62,380
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,580
Mining
$52,970
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$51,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,520

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

From the above tables we note that not only rotary drill 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 rotary drill operators, oil and gas in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,790 to $83,660. The highest paying state for rotary drill operators, oil and gas is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $83,660. The lowest paying state is Georgia with a median annual salary of $34,790. For more salary information of rotary drill operators, oil and gas profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Mississippi
$83,660
New Jersey
$83,320
Indiana
$70,150
Alaska
$62,200
California
$61,550
Wyoming
$61,050
North Dakota
$60,860
Minnesota
$56,660
Pennsylvania
$56,310
Colorado
$56,190
New York
$55,100
Maryland
$54,480
Virginia
$54,410
Louisiana
$54,250
Utah
$53,220
Oklahoma
$52,830
New Mexico
$52,540
West Virginia
$52,350
Texas
$52,310
Montana
$50,540
Ohio
$50,360
Arkansas
$48,340
Illinois
$46,630
Tennessee
$44,220
Arizona
$44,010
Nevada
$43,800
Florida
$42,370
Nebraska
$42,260
Michigan
$40,130
Kansas
$39,980
Missouri
$38,610
Washington
$36,880
Alabama
$36,570
Kentucky
$36,480
Georgia
$34,790



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