Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
18,090 4.8 % $17.34 $36,060 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.98 $13.05 $16.14 $20.34 $25.65
Annual Wage (2) $22,830 $27,150 $33,570 $42,320 $53,340

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Utility system construction 7,750 $17.23 $35,840
Other specialty trade contractors 2,840 $17.96 $37,350
Support activities for mining 2,430 $16.98 $35,320
Architectural and engineering services 1,100 $15.41 $32,050
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 920 $16.18 $33,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Metal ore mining 560 $20.75 $43,160
Highway, street, and bridge construction 250 $20.10 $41,800
State government (OES designation) 120 $19.68 $40,930
Building equipment contractors 140 $19.66 $40,890
Water, sewage and other systems 40 $18.63 $38,760

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
Wyoming 420 $16.44 $34,200 0.170%
Montana 190 $18.46 $38,410 0.046%
New Hampshire 260 $16.90 $35,150 0.042%
West Virginia 270 $14.54 $30,230 0.039%
Nevada 450 $21.32 $44,350 0.039%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 200 $23.74 $49,380 0.008%
New Jersey 240 $23.08 $48,010 0.006%
Alaska 70 $23.03 $47,890 0.024%
California 1,180 $22.62 $47,050 0.008%
Massachusetts (7) $21.59 $44,920 (7)

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
Lafayette, LA MSA 170 $22.35 $46,490 0.102%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA MSA 110 $17.41 $36,200 0.065%
Lexington, KY MSA 130 $14.60 $30,370 0.050%
Johnstown, PA MSA 40 $13.40 $27,870 0.047%
Charleston, WV MSA 60 $15.09 $31,380 0.047%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA (7) $29.00 $60,320 (7)
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 60 $26.84 $55,840 0.011%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 50 $23.94 $49,790 0.022%
Gary, IN PMSA (7) $23.69 $49,260 (7)
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 60 $23.51 $48,890 0.009%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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