Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.


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)
17,020 4.3 % $20.62 $42,900 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.07 $15.77 $19.33 $23.92 $29.27
Annual Wage (2) $27,190 $32,800 $40,200 $49,750 $60,880


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)
Utility System Construction 6,430 1.62 $19.53 $40,610
Support Activities for Mining 3,550 1.11 $21.34 $44,380
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,740 0.32 $23.91 $49,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,080 0.08 $19.77 $41,120
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,020 1.14 $17.70 $36,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 930 2.46 $22.67 $47,160
Utility System Construction 6,430 1.62 $19.53 $40,610
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,020 1.14 $17.70 $36,830
Support Activities for Mining 3,550 1.11 $21.34 $44,380
Coal Mining 770 0.93 $21.01 $43,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 40 (7) $26.30 $54,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $24.58 $51,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $24.33 $50,610
Building Equipment Contractors 170 0.01 $24.09 $50,120
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,740 0.32 $23.91 $49,730


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 1,390 0.13 1.02 $17.05 $35,460
Pennsylvania 1,210 0.22 1.64 $21.22 $44,140
California 900 0.06 0.48 $22.99 $47,820
Nevada 900 0.81 6.10 $24.16 $50,240
Florida 790 0.11 0.83 $17.45 $36,300




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)
Wyoming 300 1.10 8.29 $18.45 $38,380
Montana 350 0.82 6.17 $19.45 $40,450
Nevada 900 0.81 6.10 $24.16 $50,240
Alaska 230 0.74 5.59 $24.79 $51,570
Oklahoma 710 0.47 3.56 $21.10 $43,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 320 0.08 0.63 $27.53 $57,270
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.46 $27.41 $57,020
New York 670 0.08 0.60 $25.79 $53,640
Alaska 230 0.74 5.59 $24.79 $51,570
Maryland 70 0.03 0.21 $24.68 $51,330





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)
Salt Lake City, UT 280 0.46 3.45 $24.31 $50,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.84 $18.31 $38,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.11 0.86 $17.31 $36,010
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.12 0.89 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 130 1.08 8.15 $22.34 $46,460
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.24 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 110 1.79 13.50 $20.94 $43,560
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 110 0.10 0.76 $19.79 $41,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 110 0.06 0.48 $17.49 $36,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.05 0.35 $20.48 $42,600




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)
Odessa, TX 110 1.79 13.50 $20.94 $43,560
Duluth, MN-WI 130 1.08 8.15 $22.34 $46,460
Tuscaloosa, AL 70 0.86 6.46 $17.52 $36,440
Winchester, VA-WV 40 0.77 5.80 $16.61 $34,540
Salt Lake City, UT 280 0.46 3.45 $24.31 $50,560
Manchester, NH 40 0.41 3.12 $17.97 $37,380
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 40 0.32 2.43 $24.61 $51,180
Lincoln, NE 50 0.30 2.24 $21.34 $44,380
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 50 0.29 2.18 $20.76 $43,180
Fresno, CA 80 0.25 1.91 $17.91 $37,240




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)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 30 0.09 0.70 $37.83 $78,680
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $31.58 $65,690
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.19 1.43 $30.82 $64,100
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $30.76 $63,970
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.78 $59,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.05 $56,270
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $25.35 $52,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.87 $51,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.81 $51,600
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 40 0.32 2.43 $24.61 $51,180

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 840 15.56 117.26 $24.28 $50,490
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 400 3.47 26.18 $18.97 $39,460
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.46 11.02 $19.28 $40,100
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.99 7.47 (8) (8)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 1.24 9.36 $19.40 $40,360

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 840 15.56 117.26 $24.28 $50,490
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 3.96 29.85 $17.99 $37,420
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 400 3.47 26.18 $18.97 $39,460
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.90 21.85 $17.57 $36,550
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.13 16.05 $22.77 $47,360

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.09 8.18 $26.81 $55,770
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 6.49 $26.67 $55,480
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 5.44 $26.44 $54,990
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.77 $53,610
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 840 15.56 117.26 $24.28 $50,490


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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