How Much do Oil Derrick Operators Make?

Do oil derrick operators make a lot of money? What is the average pay for oil derrick operators?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, oil derrick operators in the United States earn an average of $48,030 a year, equivalent to $23.09 an hour. Oil derrick operators make 10% less than the average American worker.

Oil derrick operators in Wyoming are the best paid, making $58,890 a year, while oil derrick operators in Kansas make the least at $38,780.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Oil Derrick Operator Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $30.48 $63,390
75th $26.98 $56,120
50th $22.59 $46,990
25th $18.89 $39,290
10th $16.25 $33,800
Oil Derrick Operator Wages by State

In what states do oil derrick operators make the most? In what states do oil derrick operators make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Arkansas $19.10 $39,730
California $25.15 $52,310
Colorado $23.53 $48,950
Kansas $18.65 $38,780
Louisiana $24.04 $49,990
Michigan $19.22 $39,970
Mississippi $21.68 $45,100
New Mexico $23.80 $49,500
North Dakota $25.63 $53,320
Oklahoma $24.59 $51,140
Pennsylvania $21.90 $45,560
Texas $21.95 $45,660
Utah $21.53 $44,780
Wyoming $28.31 $58,890
Metro Areas Where Oil Derrick Operators Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Casper, WY $27.82 $57,860
New Orleans, LA $27.72 $57,650
Tyler, TX $27.26 $56,690
Oxnard, CA $26.72 $55,580
Oklahoma City, OK $25.97 $54,020
Tulsa, OK $25.58 $53,210
Houma, LA $24.86 $51,700
Bakersfield, CA $24.59 $51,150
Dallas, TX $23.32 $48,500
Corpus Christi, TX $22.54 $46,890
Oil Derrick Operator Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $23.09 $48,030
2018 $22.90 $47,630
2017 $22.84 $47,510
2016 $24.59 $51,140
2015 $24.38 $50,710
2014 $24.56 $51,090
2013 $23.48 $48,830
2012 $23.43 $48,740
2011 $22.66 $47,120