Derrick operators are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, derrick operators rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 6% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy derrick operators are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$54k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$85k
Oil and gas rotary drill operator
2.9
$55k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k
Recreational vehicle service technician
2.6
$39k
Derrick operator
2.6
$47k
Machine assembler
2.4
$39k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are derrick operators happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do derrick operators find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as derrick operators?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are derrick operator’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are derrick operators making the best use of their abilities?

Are derrick operators happy with their salary?