Salary for Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators

Also known as:  Drilling Rig Operator, Natural Gas Shothole Driller, Oil Driller, Oil Rig Driller, Oil Well Cable Tool Driller, Oil Well Cable Tool Operator, Oil Well Driller, Prospecting Driller

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Rotary drill operators carry out the plans for oil drilling that have been designed by petroleum engineers. The drill operators control the drills that dig the well to remove the oil or gas. These employees work in dangerous conditions with heavy equipment and machinery, so many precautions must be taken while on the job. To become an oil or gas drill 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 Rotary Drill Operator can earn average salaries of between $33,600 and $90,640 depending on experience and education levels. can get a compensation of fifty-eight thousand nine hundred and fourty dollars on an annual basis.

have the best average pay in Alaska, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to about $79,830. People in this career are compensated at the highest average salary in Manufacturing, where they can earn an average salary rate of $88,510.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 51.72 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Manufacturing
$88,510
Utilities
$79,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,660
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$58,510
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$55,280
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,640

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Construction
$44,310
Public Administration
$49,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,640
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$55,280
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$58,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,660