Salary for Oil and Gas Derrick Operators

Also known as:  Derrick Operator, Gas Derrick Operator, Oil Derrick Operator, Rotary Derrick Operator, Well Service Derrick Worker

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Derrick operators rig derrick equipment and operate pumps which circulate mud through a drill hole. These employees work in dangerous conditions with heavy equipment and machinery, so many precautions must be taken while on the job. To become a derrick operator, one must be 18 years of age, in good health and pass a drug test. A high school diploma is not required, but some employers to prefer their hires to have one.

A Oil or Gas Derrick Operator can expect an average compensation between 32000 to 48000 based on experience and talent. Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas will most likely receive an average pay level of Forty Four Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per year.

Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas are compensated most highly in Alaska, where they can get average job salaries of just about $72310.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.67 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Oil and Gas Derrick Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $44,730
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $37,360
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $37,360
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $44,730
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