Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
16,200 4.1 % $20.22 $42,050 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.83 $15.30 $18.92 $23.76 $29.63
Annual Wage (2) $26,680 $31,830 $39,350 $49,420 $61,630


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 6,250 1.62 $19.20 $39,940
Support Activities for Mining 2,620 0.98 $21.31 $44,320
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,000 0.37 $22.80 $47,420
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,140 0.09 $18.86 $39,240
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 930 1.03 $17.91 $37,260

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 780 2.28 $23.55 $48,990
Utility System Construction 6,250 1.62 $19.20 $39,940
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 930 1.03 $17.91 $37,260
Support Activities for Mining 2,620 0.98 $21.31 $44,320
Coal Mining 720 0.91 $22.86 $47,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $24.15 $50,230
Metal Ore Mining 780 2.28 $23.55 $48,990
Coal Mining 720 0.91 $22.86 $47,560
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,000 0.37 $22.80 $47,420
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $22.58 $46,960


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 1,520 0.15 1.18 $17.64 $36,700
Pennsylvania 1,130 0.21 1.62 $20.97 $43,610
California 870 0.06 0.49 $24.43 $50,820
Nevada 740 0.66 5.19 $25.83 $53,740
Florida 730 0.10 0.81 $17.39 $36,160




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)
Wyoming 240 0.89 7.00 $19.86 $41,320
Alaska 220 0.72 5.68 $26.05 $54,180
Nevada 740 0.66 5.19 $25.83 $53,740
West Virginia 330 0.48 3.73 $20.75 $43,170
Montana 200 0.48 3.73 $19.76 $41,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 220 0.72 5.68 $26.05 $54,180
Nevada 740 0.66 5.19 $25.83 $53,740
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.49 $25.17 $52,350
Louisiana 250 0.14 1.07 $24.89 $51,760
California 870 0.06 0.49 $24.43 $50,820

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 440 0.18 1.37 $18.79 $39,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.15 1.15 $18.69 $38,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 0.77 $18.60 $38,680
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.38 2.94 $17.99 $37,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.10 0.81 (8) (8)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 1.38 $20.39 $42,410
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 1.04 $21.54 $44,810
San Antonio, TX 160 0.20 1.55 $18.88 $39,260
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 140 0.17 1.33 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 130 1.07 8.41 $20.09 $41,790




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)
Duluth, MN-WI 130 1.07 8.41 $20.09 $41,790
Prescott, AZ 40 0.76 5.95 $21.12 $43,930
Tuscaloosa, AL 60 0.73 5.73 $19.36 $40,270
Winchester, VA-WV 30 0.65 5.07 $16.21 $33,720
Harrisonburg, VA 30 0.61 4.75 $17.54 $36,480
Anchorage, AK 100 0.59 4.64 $22.16 $46,100
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 60 0.46 3.64 $23.78 $49,460
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.38 2.94 $17.99 $37,410
Roanoke, VA 50 0.36 2.82 $19.98 $41,570
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 60 0.26 2.04 $17.32 $36,020




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)
Wheeling, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $31.68 $65,880
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $29.98 $62,360
Fairbanks, AK (8) (8) (8) $29.45 $61,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.16 $58,570
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 70 0.21 1.65 $27.94 $58,110
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.26 2.04 $26.95 $56,060
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $25.80 $53,670
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 30 0.04 0.28 $25.48 $53,010
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 30 0.24 1.89 $25.00 $51,990
Charlottesville, VA (8) (8) (8) $24.02 $49,960

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 710 13.91 109.10 $25.83 $53,720
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 300 2.61 20.46 $20.84 $43,350
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.11 40.10 $20.42 $42,470
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.12 24.43 $19.88 $41,350
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.13 8.86 $17.23 $35,840

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 710 13.91 109.10 $25.83 $53,720
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.11 40.10 $20.42 $42,470
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.12 24.43 $19.88 $41,350
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 300 2.61 20.46 $20.84 $43,350
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 2.42 18.97 $16.07 $33,420

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.61 $61,590
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.93 $53,940
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 710 13.91 109.10 $25.83 $53,720
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 2.65 $23.29 $48,440
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 5.37 $22.07 $45,900


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011