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 will most likely earn a compensation on a scale from 48000 and 72000 depending on the level of experience. Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas will most likely receive an average pay level of Sixty Thousand dollars every year.

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas have the highest average potential salary in Alaska, where they get normal pay levels of close to $76210. People who work inside these careers can receive the best pay in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get average pay of $76230.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 54.40 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $76,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,180
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $59,870
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,710
Public Administration $46,200
Construction $42,710
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Construction $42,710
Public Administration $46,200
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $50,710
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $59,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,180
Manufacturing $76,230
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