Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
23,970 6.5 % $17.36 $36,110 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.56 $12.69 $15.80 $20.82 $27.11
Annual Wage (2) $21,960 $26,390 $32,870 $43,310 $56,390


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 12,720 3.98 $16.06 $33,400
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,230 1.99 $21.84 $45,420
Coal Mining 3,090 3.70 $22.33 $46,450
Utility System Construction 2,200 0.56 $13.57 $28,220
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,030 1.15 $15.29 $31,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 12,720 3.98 $16.06 $33,400
Coal Mining 3,090 3.70 $22.33 $46,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,230 1.99 $21.84 $45,420
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,030 1.15 $15.29 $31,800
Metal Ore Mining 390 1.02 $17.23 $35,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 3,090 3.70 $22.33 $46,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 3,230 1.99 $21.84 $45,420
Metal Ore Mining 390 1.02 $17.23 $35,830
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 600 0.11 $16.59 $34,510
Support Activities for Mining 12,720 3.98 $16.06 $33,400


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 8,150 0.79 4.23 $17.82 $37,050
West Virginia 1,730 2.47 13.20 $21.02 $43,720
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.24 1.30 $14.53 $30,230
Oklahoma 1,270 0.84 4.52 $16.18 $33,650
Kentucky 1,200 0.69 3.71 $17.44 $36,270




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 1,730 2.47 13.20 $21.02 $43,720
Wyoming 560 2.06 11.03 $19.63 $40,840
North Dakota 370 0.99 5.28 $16.19 $33,680
Alaska 270 0.87 4.67 $20.39 $42,420
Oklahoma 1,270 0.84 4.52 $16.18 $33,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 560 0.26 1.38 $22.44 $46,680
West Virginia 1,730 2.47 13.20 $21.02 $43,720
Massachusetts 90 0.03 0.16 $20.76 $43,190
Alaska 270 0.87 4.67 $20.39 $42,420
Wyoming 560 2.06 11.03 $19.63 $40,840





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 560 0.99 5.28 $15.83 $32,930
Pittsburgh, PA 520 0.47 2.51 $13.07 $27,170
Midland, TX 470 6.82 36.48 $16.10 $33,490
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.50 2.67 $14.81 $30,810
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 320 0.68 3.65 (8) (8)
Salt Lake City, UT 320 0.53 2.86 $16.75 $34,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.13 0.71 $13.22 $27,500
Longview, TX 200 2.06 11.04 $14.17 $29,480
Grand Junction, CO 190 3.35 17.92 (8) (8)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 170 0.64 3.45 $16.01 $33,300




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 470 6.82 36.48 $16.10 $33,490
Grand Junction, CO 190 3.35 17.92 (8) (8)
Farmington, NM 130 2.71 14.49 $20.55 $42,750
Odessa, TX 170 2.67 14.31 $16.45 $34,220
Victoria, TX 120 2.42 12.94 $15.84 $32,950
Longview, TX 200 2.06 11.04 $14.17 $29,480
Wichita Falls, TX 100 1.68 8.98 $14.50 $30,150
Abilene, TX 100 1.66 8.87 $16.38 $34,080
College Station-Bryan, TX 130 1.43 7.63 $14.02 $29,160
Laredo, TX 120 1.37 7.35 $12.87 $26,770




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 (8) (8) (8) $24.26 $50,460
Casper, WY (8) (8) (8) $22.19 $46,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $21.98 $45,720
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.39 $21.97 $45,690
Farmington, NM 130 2.71 14.49 $20.55 $42,750
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $20.14 $41,880
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $18.87 $39,240
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $18.80 $39,110
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.41 $38,290
San Angelo, TX 60 1.30 6.94 $17.66 $36,740

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 960 7.29 39.00 $23.42 $48,720
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 590 10.88 58.23 $17.77 $36,960
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 550 2.21 11.83 $13.85 $28,800
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 4.64 24.82 $20.27 $42,160
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 470 2.92 15.63 $16.50 $34,310

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 590 10.88 58.23 $17.77 $36,960
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 960 7.29 39.00 $23.42 $48,720
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 280 5.65 30.24 $19.15 $39,840
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 4.64 24.82 $20.27 $42,160
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 450 3.64 19.49 $16.19 $33,670

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 960 7.29 39.00 $23.42 $48,720
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 5.86 $20.56 $42,770
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 3.19 $20.39 $42,420
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 2.66 14.23 $20.30 $42,220
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.29 $42,190


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.

(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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