Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
19,970 5.8 % $16.46 $34,230 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.15 $12.58 $15.65 $19.53 $24.31
Annual Wage (2) $21,120 $26,170 $32,540 $40,610 $50,570

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 9,490 $16.00 $33,290 1 9
Other specialty trade contractors 3,720 $17.89 $37,220 2 7
Support activities for mining 1,870 $15.94 $33,160 3 10
Architectural and engineering services 1,290 $14.36 $29,860 4 15
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 880 $15.27 $31,750 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Remediation and other waste services 40 $27.76 $57,750 12 1
Building equipment contractors 180 $19.81 $41,200 10 2
Metal ore mining 510 $19.33 $40,200 8 3
Coal mining 610 $18.89 $39,290 6 4
State government (OES designation) 90 $18.09 $37,620 11 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 370 $17.53 $36,470 0.154% 194
Montana 260 $16.39 $34,090 0.066% 239
West Virginia 360 $14.59 $30,340 0.053% 334
New Mexico 350 $17.32 $36,020 0.048% 240
New Hampshire 280 $16.58 $34,490 0.046% 287

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts (6) $24.70 $51,380 (6) 204
New Jersey 390 $22.29 $46,350 0.010% 280
Alaska 120 $22.12 $46,000 0.041% 200
Illinois 410 $19.70 $40,980 0.007% 299
Wisconsin 740 $18.80 $39,100 0.027% 293

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 $16.78 $34,900 0.076%
Yolo, CA PMSA 60 $15.43 $32,100 0.068%
Spokane, WA MSA 90 $13.61 $28,300 0.048%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 50 $19.09 $39,700 0.046%
Reading, PA MSA 70 $16.85 $35,040 0.044%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston, MA-NH PMSA (6) $26.01 $54,090 (6)
Newark, NJ PMSA (6) $25.27 $52,570 (6)
Provo-Orem, UT MSA 30 $24.34 $50,620 0.021%
Oakland, CA PMSA 110 $23.94 $49,790 0.011%
Anchorage, AK MSA (6) $23.40 $48,670 (6)

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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