Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
17,620 4.0 % $22.15 $46,060 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.58 $16.31 $20.48 $26.49 $33.36
Annual Wage (2) $28,240 $33,920 $42,600 $55,110 $69,380


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 6,340 1.42 $20.07 $41,740
Support Activities for Mining 3,680 0.92 $23.75 $49,410
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,060 0.37 $25.05 $52,090
Metal Ore Mining 1,240 2.74 $24.77 $51,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,150 0.09 $19.79 $41,170

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 1,240 2.74 $24.77 $51,530
Utility System Construction 6,340 1.42 $20.07 $41,740
Support Activities for Mining 3,680 0.92 $23.75 $49,410
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 810 0.89 $19.46 $40,480
Coal Mining 560 0.70 $23.51 $48,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 210 0.07 $26.71 $55,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $25.19 $52,400
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,060 0.37 $25.05 $52,090
Metal Ore Mining 1,240 2.74 $24.77 $51,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $23.84 $49,580


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 1,820 0.17 1.25 $18.63 $38,750
California 1,470 0.10 0.75 $25.68 $53,410
Pennsylvania 1,020 0.18 1.37 $24.55 $51,050
Nevada 940 0.82 6.17 $27.63 $57,470
Virginia 650 0.18 1.35 $19.65 $40,860




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)
Montana 460 1.06 7.94 $22.17 $46,120
Wyoming 230 0.82 6.17 $20.82 $43,310
Nevada 940 0.82 6.17 $27.63 $57,470
West Virginia 400 0.56 4.23 $20.70 $43,060
Nebraska 420 0.46 3.43 $14.63 $30,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 40 0.06 0.44 $29.08 $60,480
New York 360 0.04 0.31 $28.65 $59,600
Oklahoma 560 0.36 2.68 $27.70 $57,620
Nevada 940 0.82 6.17 $27.63 $57,470
Massachusetts 150 0.05 0.34 $27.45 $57,090





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.14 1.02 $21.45 $44,620
Salt Lake City, UT 260 0.41 3.09 $25.86 $53,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 0.86 $19.25 $40,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 190 0.08 0.62 $21.45 $44,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.54 $21.99 $45,730
Richmond, VA 130 0.22 1.63 $16.19 $33,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 130 0.07 0.54 (8) (8)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 130 0.14 1.08 $17.31 $36,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.21 $30.48 $63,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 0.74 $23.77 $49,450




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)
Casper, WY 40 1.02 7.69 $20.14 $41,890
Morgantown, WV 60 0.97 7.27 $19.90 $41,390
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 40 0.92 6.94 $13.66 $28,410
Williamsport, PA 30 0.64 4.85 $22.79 $47,410
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.58 4.40 $21.37 $44,460
Terre Haute, IN 40 0.58 4.35 (8) (8)
Billings, MT 50 0.56 4.19 $21.63 $45,000
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 90 0.54 4.09 $26.63 $55,380
Charleston, WV 70 0.48 3.58 $20.51 $42,670
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.46 3.50 $22.00 $45,760




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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.59 $78,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.30 $35.37 $73,570
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.02 $68,680
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.95 $64,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.21 $30.48 $63,390
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $30.35 $63,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $30.25 $62,920
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $30.16 $62,740
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.66 $61,690
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.00 $60,330

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 14.78 111.18 $27.79 $57,810
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.80 13.55 $21.12 $43,930
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 220 1.67 12.55 $18.46 $38,410
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.06 7.95 $17.88 $37,200
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.42 18.23 $24.37 $50,690

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 14.78 111.18 $27.79 $57,810
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.94 22.15 $21.08 $43,840
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.42 18.23 $24.37 $50,690
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.22 16.73 $25.81 $53,670
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.80 13.55 $21.12 $43,930

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)
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 1.41 10.62 $30.84 $64,150
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 840 14.78 111.18 $27.79 $57,810
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 5.91 $27.16 $56,500
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.25 $54,590
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.21 $54,510


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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