Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
22,820 4.6 % $17.83 $37,080 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.88 $13.82 $17.19 $21.36 $24.63
Annual Wage (2) $24,700 $28,740 $35,760 $44,430 $51,230


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 12,730 3.09 $17.83 $37,080
Coal Mining 2,910 4.19 $21.16 $44,010
Utility System Construction 2,490 0.52 $15.79 $32,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,510 0.78 $17.77 $36,970
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,000 1.08 $15.91 $33,090

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 2,910 4.19 $21.16 $44,010
Support Activities for Mining 12,730 3.09 $17.83 $37,080
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,000 1.08 $15.91 $33,090
Metal Ore Mining 450 1.03 $20.61 $42,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,510 0.78 $17.77 $36,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,910 4.19 $21.16 $44,010
Metal Ore Mining 450 1.03 $20.61 $42,870
Support Activities for Mining 12,730 3.09 $17.83 $37,080
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,510 0.78 $17.77 $36,970
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 570 0.09 $16.32 $33,940


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 7,440 0.64 3.89 $17.11 $35,590
Pennsylvania 2,060 0.36 2.18 $18.23 $37,910
New Mexico 1,230 1.54 9.29 $16.17 $33,630
Oklahoma 1,140 0.72 4.32 $17.88 $37,200
Louisiana 1,100 0.57 3.42 $16.55 $34,430




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)
New Mexico 1,230 1.54 9.29 $16.17 $33,630
Wyoming 430 1.53 9.26 $20.71 $43,080
West Virginia 1,030 1.46 8.82 $19.68 $40,940
North Dakota 560 1.25 7.55 $19.01 $39,550
Alaska 320 0.97 5.84 $25.43 $52,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 320 0.97 5.84 $25.43 $52,900
Idaho 90 0.14 0.82 $24.83 $51,640
Alabama 340 0.18 1.10 $23.22 $48,310
Oregon 60 0.04 0.22 $22.49 $46,770
Wyoming 430 1.53 9.26 $20.71 $43,080





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,470 0.50 3.03 $17.17 $35,720
Pittsburgh, PA 430 0.38 2.30 $16.08 $33,440
Lafayette, LA 370 1.70 10.26 $16.32 $33,950
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 290 0.57 3.46 (8) (8)
Bakersfield, CA 280 0.96 5.83 $21.26 $44,210
Oklahoma City, OK 270 0.45 2.72 $17.54 $36,490
Tulsa, OK 270 0.63 3.79 $19.13 $39,790
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.28 1.69 $17.40 $36,200
Odessa, TX 260 3.50 21.17 $23.47 $48,820
Farmington, NM 250 4.95 29.90 $19.17 $39,870




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)
Farmington, NM 250 4.95 29.90 $19.17 $39,870
Odessa, TX 260 3.50 21.17 $23.47 $48,820
Victoria, TX 140 3.37 20.35 $16.89 $35,120
Abilene, TX 200 3.08 18.60 $18.21 $37,880
Wheeling, WV-OH 170 2.63 15.88 $20.45 $42,540
Lafayette, LA 370 1.70 10.26 $16.32 $33,950
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 120 1.23 7.46 $15.55 $32,350
Fort Smith, AR-OK 110 1.00 6.06 $18.04 $37,520
Bakersfield, CA 280 0.96 5.83 $21.26 $44,210
Corpus Christi, TX 160 0.84 5.06 $16.14 $33,560




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)
Odessa, TX 260 3.50 21.17 $23.47 $48,820
Bakersfield, CA 280 0.96 5.83 $21.26 $44,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.06 $21.02 $43,720
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.29 1.74 $20.74 $43,130
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $20.57 $42,780
Wheeling, WV-OH 170 2.63 15.88 $20.45 $42,540
Farmington, NM 250 4.95 29.90 $19.17 $39,870
Tulsa, OK 270 0.63 3.79 $19.13 $39,790
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.83 $39,170
Wichita Falls, TX 50 0.83 5.04 $18.32 $38,110

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,150 5.59 33.76 $16.40 $34,100
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 6.32 38.22 $15.77 $32,790
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 770 2.83 17.13 $18.25 $37,950
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 570 3.58 21.63 $21.31 $44,320
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 460 5.48 33.12 $19.80 $41,190

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 370 8.64 52.19 $20.75 $43,150
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 850 6.32 38.22 $15.77 $32,790
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 6.12 36.96 $16.65 $34,630
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,150 5.59 33.76 $16.40 $34,100
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 460 5.48 33.12 $19.80 $41,190

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.00 18.10 $29.37 $61,080
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.41 8.52 $28.24 $58,740
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.79 $45,310
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 2.71 16.40 $21.40 $44,510
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 570 3.58 21.63 $21.31 $44,320


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016