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Rotary Drill Operators in Texas

Considering a career as a Rotary Drill Operator in Texas?

15.8% Jobs Projection
$54,440 Median Salary
830 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Rotary Drill Operators in Texas are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Rotary Drill Operators in Texas is growing faster than average.

  • Rotary Drill Operators in Texas earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Rotary Drill Operators Work in Texas?

In Texas, there were 6,850 people working as Rotary Drill Operators in the year 2018.

There were 5,750 Rotary Drill Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,100 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 280 Rotary Drill Operators working in it, which means Texas has more Rotary Drill Operators than average.


Job Projections for Texas

Jobs for Rotary Drill Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 15.8% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.6%.


Texas Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 830 annual job openings, and 6,730 total jobs in 2026 for Rotary Drill Operators in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,600 annual jobs and 20,800 total jobs in 2026.

What do Rotary Drill Operators Make in Texas?

In 2018 wages for Rotary Drill Operators ranged from $32,800 to $81,490 with $54,440 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.77 to $39.18. The median hourly rate was $26.18.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $25.15 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.03.

The median salary in Texas is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Texas Metros for Rotary Drill Operators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Rotary Drill Operators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,740 $56,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 420 $50,160
Corpus Christi, TX 240 $54,170
Odessa, TX 230 $50,490

Top States for Rotary Drill Operators Employment

The table below shows the states where most Rotary Drill Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 6,850 $54,440
Oklahoma 2,610 $52,100
California 1,430 $62,950
Louisiana 980 $48,940
New Mexico 930 $37,940
Pennsylvania 820 $53,310
North Dakota 750 $64,350
Colorado 610 $50,180
West Virginia 330 $54,300
Utah 310 $58,180
Illinois 280 $44,210
Mississippi 280 $0
Wyoming 250 $60,370
Alaska 230 $72,340
Indiana 180 $71,540
Ohio 160 $45,320
Kansas 150 $43,230
Michigan 140 $38,190
Florida 80 $41,030
Georgia 80 $31,440

Below are the states where Rotary Drill Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Alaska $72,340
Indiana $71,540
North Dakota $64,350
California $62,950
Wyoming $60,370
Utah $58,180
Maryland $55,060
Texas $54,440
West Virginia $54,300
Pennsylvania $53,310

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