Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

47-5021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills—such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic—to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Include horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
19,830 3.7 % $16.56 $34,450 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.03 $12.34 $15.62 $19.82 $24.74
Annual Wage (2) $20,870 $25,660 $32,490 $41,230 $51,450

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Utility system construction 9,300 $15.95 $33,180 1 10
Other specialty trade contractors 2,680 $20.01 $41,630 2 2
Support activities for mining 2,380 $16.26 $33,820 3 8
Architectural and engineering services 1,410 $14.39 $29,920 4 15
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 1,000 $14.43 $30,010 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Remediation and other waste services 30 $27.21 $56,600 14 1
Other specialty trade contractors 2,680 $20.01 $41,630 2 2
Building equipment contractors 190 $19.26 $40,060 9 3
Metal ore mining 380 $19.13 $39,780 8 4
Highway, street, and bridge construction 190 $18.85 $39,200 10 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 340 $17.42 $36,240 0.141% 180
West Virginia 440 $15.95 $33,180 0.065% 258
Montana 250 $16.49 $34,300 0.064% 219
Alaska 170 $22.97 $47,780 0.059% 164
Vermont 160 $14.45 $30,060 0.055% 268

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts (6) $24.15 $50,230 (6) 189
Alaska 170 $22.97 $47,780 0.059% 164
New Jersey 570 $20.64 $42,930 0.015% 298
Illinois 410 $20.30 $42,230 0.007% 257
Rhode Island 60 $19.57 $40,700 0.013% 199

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Missoula, MT MSA 40 $16.45 $34,210 0.075%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 70 $14.15 $29,440 0.069%
Brazoria, TX PMSA 40 $12.38 $25,740 0.053%
Johnstown, PA MSA 40 $12.46 $25,930 0.048%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 80 $14.31 $29,770 0.045%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oakland, CA PMSA (6) $28.85 $60,000 (6)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA (6) $27.59 $57,380 (6)
Boston, MA-NH PMSA (6) $26.17 $54,430 (6)
New York, NY PMSA 80 $24.89 $51,760 0.002%
Newark, NJ PMSA 80 $24.35 $50,650 0.008%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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