Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-5081 Helpers--Extraction Workers

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area. Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
23,400 6.8 % $17.82 $37,060 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.63 $12.81 $16.43 $21.83 $27.41
Annual Wage (2) $22,110 $26,640 $34,170 $45,410 $57,010


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 11,000 4.13 $16.62 $34,570
Coal Mining 3,830 4.82 $21.94 $45,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,240 2.09 $21.52 $44,760
Utility System Construction 2,350 0.61 $13.77 $28,650
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 970 1.07 $14.86 $30,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 3,830 4.82 $21.94 $45,630
Support Activities for Mining 11,000 4.13 $16.62 $34,570
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,240 2.09 $21.52 $44,760
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.57 $18.47 $38,420
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 970 1.07 $14.86 $30,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 3,830 4.82 $21.94 $45,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,240 2.09 $21.52 $44,760
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.57 $18.47 $38,420
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 770 0.14 $16.97 $35,290
Support Activities for Mining 11,000 4.13 $16.62 $34,570


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,760 0.77 4.18 $18.46 $38,400
West Virginia 1,960 2.85 15.46 $21.10 $43,880
Kentucky 1,260 0.74 3.99 $16.85 $35,050
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.19 1.05 $15.00 $31,210
California 1,020 0.07 0.40 $17.33 $36,050




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,960 2.85 15.46 $21.10 $43,880
Alaska 380 1.23 6.69 $19.35 $40,240
Texas 7,760 0.77 4.18 $18.46 $38,400
Kentucky 1,260 0.74 3.99 $16.85 $35,050
Oklahoma 950 0.64 3.47 $16.13 $33,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 110 0.04 0.19 $26.58 $55,280
West Virginia 1,960 2.85 15.46 $21.10 $43,880
Wyoming (8) (8) (8) $20.49 $42,630
Colorado 1,000 0.46 2.52 $20.42 $42,470
Arizona 120 0.05 0.27 $20.14 $41,900

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma City, OK 570 1.03 5.59 $16.68 $34,690
Longview, TX 390 4.24 23.04 $16.53 $34,390
Midland, TX 350 5.37 29.18 $15.44 $32,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.36 1.94 $14.14 $29,400
Lafayette, LA 140 0.99 5.39 $14.49 $30,130
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 140 0.17 0.90 $16.35 $34,010
Anchorage, AK 120 0.73 3.99 $23.15 $48,150
Tyler, TX 120 1.32 7.18 $12.77 $26,570
Tulsa, OK 120 0.29 1.58 $14.91 $31,010
Bakersfield, CA 120 0.46 2.51 $16.96 $35,280




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 350 5.37 29.18 $15.44 $32,120
Longview, TX 390 4.24 23.04 $16.53 $34,390
Farmington, NM 110 2.26 12.28 $19.79 $41,160
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.62 8.78 $15.29 $31,810
Tyler, TX 120 1.32 7.18 $12.77 $26,570
Victoria, TX 50 1.17 6.34 $14.50 $30,150
Oklahoma City, OK 570 1.03 5.59 $16.68 $34,690
Lafayette, LA 140 0.99 5.39 $14.49 $30,130
San Angelo, TX 40 0.94 5.12 $17.42 $36,220
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.93 5.03 $13.76 $28,620




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 120 0.73 3.99 $23.15 $48,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $22.09 $45,950
Casper, WY (8) (8) (8) $21.22 $44,130
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.04 0.19 $20.31 $42,250
Farmington, NM 110 2.26 12.28 $19.79 $41,160
Grand Junction, CO (8) (8) (8) $18.21 $37,890
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.20 $37,870
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.12 0.64 $18.06 $37,570
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $18.01 $37,460
San Angelo, TX 40 0.94 5.12 $17.42 $36,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 780 3.25 17.64 $17.04 $35,440
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 620 5.42 29.43 $18.74 $38,970
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 550 3.43 18.63 $15.66 $32,580
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 510 9.95 54.03 $18.73 $38,950
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 490 3.61 19.60 $17.94 $37,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 510 9.95 54.03 $18.73 $38,950
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 390 8.10 44.01 $18.56 $38,600
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 620 5.42 29.43 $18.74 $38,970
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 440 4.31 23.39 $24.30 $50,550
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 490 3.61 19.60 $17.94 $37,320

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 440 4.31 23.39 $24.30 $50,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.51 $48,900
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.53 $44,790
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.13 $41,870
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.71 9.26 $19.83 $41,240


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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