Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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. Include horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
17,850 4.1 % $20.22 $42,070 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.71 $15.03 $18.82 $23.99 $30.62
Annual Wage (2) $26,440 $31,270 $39,140 $49,900 $63,700


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Utility System Construction 6,910 $19.22 $39,980
Support Activities for Mining 2,990 $21.07 $43,830
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,200 $21.97 $45,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,350 $18.52 $38,520
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 950 $17.82 $37,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government (OES Designation) (8) $23.88 $49,680
Metal Ore Mining 430 $23.32 $48,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 $23.12 $48,090
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 $23.04 $47,920
Coal Mining 940 $22.12 $46,000


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 290 $18.86 $39,230 1.032
West Virginia 430 $21.15 $44,000 0.608
Alaska 160 $23.97 $49,860 0.523
New Mexico 380 $16.06 $33,410 0.474
Utah 460 $21.61 $44,940 0.386

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 250 $27.76 $57,730 0.135
Nevada 350 $27.08 $56,330 0.298
California 950 $26.36 $54,830 0.065
Massachusetts 240 $24.29 $50,530 0.075
Alaska 160 $23.97 $49,860 0.523


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Winchester, VA-WV 80 $16.34 $33,980 1.622
Charleston, WV 190 $19.18 $39,900 1.325
Prescott, AZ 60 $20.04 $41,690 1.012
Tuscaloosa, AL 60 $19.46 $40,470 0.668
College Station-Bryan, TX 50 $19.01 $39,540 0.499

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 $29.18 $60,700 0.166
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 100 $27.49 $57,170 0.201
Richmond, VA 60 $27.48 $57,150 0.103
Salt Lake City, UT 120 $25.75 $53,550 0.205
Columbus, OH 70 $25.43 $52,890 0.081


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010