Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
17,680 4.1 % $21.08 $43,840 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.39 $15.98 $19.61 $24.90 $30.47
Annual Wage (2) $27,840 $33,240 $40,790 $51,790 $63,380


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 5,940 1.41 $19.41 $40,370
Support Activities for Mining 4,320 1.14 $22.01 $45,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,030 0.37 $23.24 $48,330
Metal Ore Mining 1,400 3.28 $23.17 $48,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,190 0.09 $19.59 $40,750

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 1,400 3.28 $23.17 $48,190
Utility System Construction 5,940 1.41 $19.41 $40,370
Support Activities for Mining 4,320 1.14 $22.01 $45,790
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 910 0.99 $18.35 $38,160
Coal Mining 580 0.67 $23.17 $48,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 110 0.01 $26.46 $55,030
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 200 0.07 $25.39 $52,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $24.00 $49,910
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $23.42 $48,700
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,030 0.37 $23.24 $48,330


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 1,590 0.15 1.11 $17.23 $35,830
California 1,200 0.08 0.62 $22.70 $47,220
Pennsylvania 1,140 0.20 1.51 $21.14 $43,960
Nevada 1,110 0.98 7.24 $24.55 $51,050
Oklahoma 870 0.57 4.19 $22.37 $46,520




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 520 1.19 8.79 $22.71 $47,240
Wyoming 320 1.15 8.51 $18.46 $38,400
Nevada 1,110 0.98 7.24 $24.55 $51,050
Idaho 360 0.60 4.42 $18.69 $38,880
Oklahoma 870 0.57 4.19 $22.37 $46,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 480 0.06 0.41 $27.19 $56,560
Louisiana 220 0.12 0.87 $25.74 $53,550
Wisconsin 390 0.15 1.09 $25.64 $53,330
Massachusetts 130 0.04 0.29 $25.24 $52,510
New Jersey 290 0.08 0.55 $24.71 $51,390





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)
Salt Lake City, UT 380 0.61 4.50 $24.84 $51,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 360 0.29 2.15 $20.10 $41,800
Oklahoma City, OK 230 0.39 2.84 $20.90 $43,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.12 0.89 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200 0.08 0.56 $17.84 $37,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 180 0.08 0.58 $19.39 $40,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.09 0.64 $16.98 $35,310
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 160 0.18 1.34 $16.93 $35,220
Columbus, OH 120 0.13 0.99 $17.70 $36,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 110 0.05 0.37 $21.53 $44,790




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)
Williamsport, PA 50 1.02 7.53 $26.67 $55,470
Duluth, MN-WI 110 0.91 6.71 $23.29 $48,450
Salt Lake City, UT 380 0.61 4.50 $24.84 $51,670
Terre Haute, IN 40 0.59 4.35 (8) (8)
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.53 3.90 $28.10 $58,450
Billings, MT 40 0.44 3.26 $21.77 $45,280
Oklahoma City, OK 230 0.39 2.84 $20.90 $43,460
Salem, OR 50 0.35 2.58 $22.37 $46,520
Manchester, NH 30 0.34 2.48 $18.86 $39,220
Roanoke, VA 50 0.32 2.39 $19.48 $40,520




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)
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 50 0.15 1.07 $31.75 $66,040
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $31.59 $65,710
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.48 $65,470
Bakersfield-Delano, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.93 $62,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.54 $29.22 $60,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.17 $29.22 $60,770
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.53 3.90 $28.10 $58,450
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (8) (8) (8) $27.50 $57,190
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $26.94 $56,040
Williamsport, PA 50 1.02 7.53 $26.67 $55,470

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 960 17.00 125.30 $24.30 $50,550
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 270 1.63 11.99 (8) (8)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.82 13.40 $19.39 $40,340
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.96 14.44 $24.13 $50,200
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 230 5.20 38.31 $17.09 $35,540

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 960 17.00 125.30 $24.30 $50,550
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 230 5.20 38.31 $17.09 $35,540
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.76 20.31 $19.30 $40,140
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 2.61 19.20 $21.62 $44,970
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.50 18.41 $25.05 $52,110

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.48 10.92 $26.96 $56,070
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.45 $25.32 $52,660
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.50 18.41 $25.05 $52,110
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 4.36 $24.98 $51,960
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.71 $24.74 $51,460


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013