Top Drive Assistant Overtime Pay Wage & Hour Laws
Top Drive Assistant Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Top Drive Assistant Overtime Lawsuits: Wage & Hour Laws

Commonly asked overtime pay law questions about top drive assistants:

What Is a Top Drive Assistant?

In the oil and gas industry, top drive assistants are responsible for assisting top drive technicians with  their tasks, which typically relate to troubleshooting and repairing of top drive systems. Top drive assists also help with the diagnoses and repair of various other rig equipment, which includes, but is not limited to, diesel engines, rig draw works, mud pumps, compressors, and transmissions.

Top drive assistants must work with accuracy and efficiency, and generally they have extensive training and experience alongside top drive technicians in the field.

What is the Salary Range for a Top Drive Assistant?

Depending on the work setting and state where top drive assistants are employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that in 2016, top drive assistants made between $26,060 to $60,600, with the average annual salary being approximately $40,480.

How Many Top Drive Assistants Are Nationally Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation is as follows:

Employment Employment RSE* Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage Wage RSE
51,290 4.3% $19.46 $40,480 2.1%

*RSE: The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the percentile wage estimates for a top drive assistant is as follows:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.53 $14.72 $17.95 $23.22 $29.14

Where Are Most Top Drive Assistants Employed?

According to the United States Department of Labor, states with the highest employment level in this occupation are as follows:

State Employment Employment Per Thousand Jobs Location Quotient Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Texas 22,840 1.94 5.32 $18.01 $37,460
Oklahoma 4,760 3.00 8.21 $18.55 $38,590
California 3,520 0.22 0.60 $26.85 $55,840
North Dakota 2,960 6.97 19.08 $23.34 $48,540
Louisiana 2,940 1.53 4.18 $18.63 $38,760

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What are the Laws for Top Drive Assistant Overtime Pay?

Under the Fair Labor Standard Overtime Laws (FLSA), employers are required to pay all non-exempt top drive assistants overtime for all hours worked over 40 in one week. Overtime wages must equal one and one half times the worker’s regular rate of pay.

Some states also have specific laws that supplement or contradict the FLSA.

Top drive assistants often work far more than 40 hours in a workweek, but many employers do not pay them due overtime wages. If you believe your employer has violated the FLSA by denying your overtime pay, your best option is to contact an experienced attorney who can advice you of your rights under the FLSA and state laws.

Is a Top Drive Assistant Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Top drive assistants often work far more than 40 hours per week, and in many cases, they are covered under the FLSA. This means that employers must pay these workers one and one half times their regular pay for each hour worked past 40 a week.

To determine if a particular case falls under the FLSA, it is best to consult an experienced attorney, as the exemptions coupled with state laws are complicated.

Does a Company Have to Pay Overtime Wages to a Top Drive Assistant?

In many cases, a company is required to pay overtime wages to top drive assistants as mandated in the FLSA.

If an employer violates the FLSA, a lawsuit can be filed to recover back pay. These lawsuits are often filed by an entire group of top drive assistants against an employer.

There are strict time deadlines for filing these lawsuits, so it is essential that you contact an experienced attorney who can determine if your case is covered by the FLSA.

What Companies Have Denied Overtime Wages to Top Drive Assistants?

Our overtime pay lawyers frequently represent top drive assistants in overtime pay lawsuits. We are currently handling cases for top drive assistants who were denied overtime pay by their employers, some of which include:

  • FranTech
  • Moody International
  • ENGlobal
  • WellsCo

To determine whether you are eligible for filing a wage claim, contact our experienced Top Drive Assistant Overtime Pay Lawyers at (855) 754-2795 for a Free Consultation to discuss your case or complete the Free Unpaid Overtime Case Review Form on this page.  We will discuss your situation and determine if you have a claim. If you are owed unpaid wages, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are never any legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement.

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