Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
24,130 5.0 % $17.36 $36,100 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $13.40 $16.58 $20.69 $24.74
Annual Wage (2) $23,440 $27,860 $34,480 $43,030 $51,460


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 14,710 3.50 $17.38 $36,150
Coal Mining 2,830 3.83 $20.59 $42,830
Utility System Construction 2,030 0.44 $15.16 $31,530
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,190 0.62 $17.15 $35,670
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 970 1.05 $15.80 $32,870

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 2,830 3.83 $20.59 $42,830
Support Activities for Mining 14,710 3.50 $17.38 $36,150
Metal Ore Mining 520 1.14 $18.88 $39,280
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 970 1.05 $15.80 $32,870
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,190 0.62 $17.15 $35,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,830 3.83 $20.59 $42,830
Metal Ore Mining 520 1.14 $18.88 $39,280
Support Activities for Mining 14,710 3.50 $17.38 $36,150
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,190 0.62 $17.15 $35,670
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $16.16 $33,620


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 8,140 0.72 4.06 $17.28 $35,950
West Virginia 1,680 2.38 13.31 $19.64 $40,850
Pennsylvania 1,570 0.28 1.56 $17.17 $35,710
New Mexico 1,280 1.62 9.08 $15.04 $31,290
Oklahoma 1,180 0.75 4.20 $17.82 $37,070




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 1,680 2.38 13.31 $19.64 $40,850
Wyoming 470 1.68 9.38 $20.45 $42,540
New Mexico 1,280 1.62 9.08 $15.04 $31,290
North Dakota 520 1.19 6.67 $16.39 $34,080
Oklahoma 1,180 0.75 4.20 $17.82 $37,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.52 2.91 $27.67 $57,540
Alabama 420 0.23 1.27 $20.90 $43,470
Wyoming 470 1.68 9.38 $20.45 $42,540
Indiana 530 0.18 1.03 $19.81 $41,210
Oregon 50 0.03 0.17 $19.66 $40,890





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 1,570 0.55 3.08 $18.40 $38,270
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 320 0.65 3.66 $23.05 $47,940
Oklahoma City, OK 310 0.51 2.87 $17.36 $36,120
Tulsa, OK 270 0.64 3.59 $19.13 $39,800
Odessa, TX 240 3.27 18.29 $23.50 $48,890
Charleston, WV 240 1.67 9.37 $23.90 $49,720
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.15 6.46 $18.46 $38,400
Lafayette, LA 210 1.36 7.64 $16.56 $34,440
Longview, TX 200 1.99 11.12 $16.23 $33,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.48 $17.17 $35,710




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 240 3.27 18.29 $23.50 $48,890
Farmington, NM 100 2.00 11.21 $18.99 $39,490
Longview, TX 200 1.99 11.12 $16.23 $33,760
Abilene, TX 120 1.89 10.58 $18.25 $37,950
Charleston, WV 240 1.67 9.37 $23.90 $49,720
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.62 9.06 $18.35 $38,170
Lafayette, LA 210 1.36 7.64 $16.56 $34,440
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.15 6.46 $18.46 $38,400
Fort Smith, AR-OK 110 0.94 5.27 $17.16 $35,690
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.78 4.36 $13.00 $27,040




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)
Charleston, WV 240 1.67 9.37 $23.90 $49,720
Odessa, TX 240 3.27 18.29 $23.50 $48,890
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 320 0.65 3.66 $23.05 $47,940
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.67 $43,000
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $20.60 $42,850
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 0.30 1.65 $20.08 $41,760
Casper, WY (8) (8) (8) $19.47 $40,490
Tulsa, OK 270 0.64 3.59 $19.13 $39,800
Farmington, NM 100 2.00 11.21 $18.99 $39,490
Wichita, KS 140 0.48 2.71 $18.96 $39,440

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 1,940 7.42 41.54 $16.60 $34,530
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,090 8.22 46.01 $14.94 $31,080
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 780 6.15 34.46 $18.52 $38,520
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 600 4.38 24.55 $18.31 $38,090
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 550 1.96 10.96 $16.93 $35,220

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,090 8.22 46.01 $14.94 $31,080
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,940 7.42 41.54 $16.60 $34,530
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 370 6.71 37.56 $20.16 $41,930
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 780 6.15 34.46 $18.52 $38,520
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 490 5.91 33.10 $16.49 $34,290

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.09 $48,020
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.62 $44,960
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 370 6.71 37.56 $20.16 $41,930
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.79 $41,150
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.39 2.20 $19.41 $40,360


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015