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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,140
25th Percentile Wage
$40,650
50th Percentile Wage
$54,430
75th Percentile Wage
$70,140
90th Percentile Wage
$87,170

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 $87,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,140. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 179% 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 rotary drill operators, oil and gas from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,4300.22%9.57%
201554,3102.12%-
201453,1602.99%-
201351,5704.56%-
201249,220--

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

The average salaries of rotary drill operators, oil and gas in 5 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 $84,760. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $50,330).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$84,760
Construction
$64,730
Wholesale Trade
$62,380
Mining
$53,900
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,330

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 $35,840 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 Alabama with a median annual salary of $35,840. 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
California
$68,530
Alaska
$68,430
Wyoming
$63,020
North Dakota
$61,830
Colorado
$59,630
Louisiana
$57,300
Utah
$54,440
Pennsylvania
$53,920
Oklahoma
$52,610
Texas
$52,090
Maryland
$50,100
Arkansas
$48,340
Tennessee
$47,430
Illinois
$46,890
Montana
$46,460
West Virginia
$45,330
Florida
$44,700
Arizona
$44,350
Virginia
$43,130
Michigan
$42,920
New Mexico
$42,350
Ohio
$41,950
Kansas
$39,870
Missouri
$38,610
Kentucky
$36,480
Alabama
$35,840


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