Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
19,490 3.6 % $24.92 $51,840 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.64 $16.68 $21.27 $27.93 $36.62
Annual Wage (2) $28,370 $34,700 $44,240 $58,100 $76,160


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 7,700 1.60 $21.36 $44,420
Support Activities for Mining 3,870 0.94 $32.69 $67,990
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,420 0.39 $26.41 $54,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,340 0.10 $24.74 $51,460
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 830 0.89 $20.62 $42,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 7,700 1.60 $21.36 $44,420
Metal Ore Mining 700 1.60 $29.18 $60,690
Support Activities for Mining 3,870 0.94 $32.69 $67,990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 830 0.89 $20.62 $42,890
Coal Mining 380 0.55 $23.38 $48,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 3,870 0.94 $32.69 $67,990
Metal Ore Mining 700 1.60 $29.18 $60,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $27.19 $56,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.01 $26.96 $56,080
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,420 0.39 $26.41 $54,930


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 2,360 0.20 1.44 $30.88 $64,240
California 1,800 0.12 0.82 $28.64 $59,570
Pennsylvania 1,230 0.22 1.53 $24.09 $50,110
Florida 1,050 0.13 0.94 $17.29 $35,960
Nevada 690 0.56 3.95 $29.70 $61,780



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 230 0.83 5.85 $23.58 $49,050
Alaska 230 0.70 4.99 $26.81 $55,760
West Virginia 480 0.68 4.81 $19.71 $41,000
North Dakota 310 0.68 4.82 (8) (8)
Nevada 690 0.56 3.95 $29.70 $61,780



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 280 0.05 0.34 $32.62 $67,850
Texas 2,360 0.20 1.44 $30.88 $64,240
Nevada 690 0.56 3.95 $29.70 $61,780
Washington 350 0.12 0.84 $28.78 $59,860
California 1,800 0.12 0.82 $28.64 $59,570




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 500 0.17 1.22 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.90 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 290 0.12 0.84 $20.49 $42,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 280 0.22 1.52 $36.56 $76,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 280 0.30 2.10 $21.77 $45,270
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.20 1.44 $20.47 $42,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 0.81 $21.36 $44,440
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 250 0.21 1.46 $17.39 $36,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 230 0.12 0.85 $21.93 $45,620
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.20 1.39 $27.91 $58,050



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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 40 1.11 7.89 $19.69 $40,950
Beckley, WV 50 1.08 7.62 $20.23 $42,070
Monroe, MI 40 0.97 6.87 $17.55 $36,510
College Station-Bryan, TX 70 0.71 5.02 $18.36 $38,180
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 110 0.52 3.69 $17.79 $37,000
Salisbury, MD-DE 70 0.46 3.29 $20.18 $41,970
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.41 2.89 $21.65 $45,030
Binghamton, NY 40 0.39 2.78 $18.06 $37,570
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 80 0.38 2.69 $18.39 $38,260
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.38 2.67 $29.32 $60,990



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)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $42.43 $88,250
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.49 $80,050
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 280 0.22 1.52 $36.56 $76,050
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.26 $71,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.43 $33.96 $70,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.79 $66,120
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.09 0.61 $31.40 $65,320
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.36 $31.39 $65,290
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.37 $61,090
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 50 0.38 2.67 $29.32 $60,990

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 560 13.18 93.28 $30.39 $63,200
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 3.09 21.86 $19.35 $40,260
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 240 1.45 10.23 $20.06 $41,720
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.48 10.46 $15.52 $32,290
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.95 13.78 $23.38 $48,640

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 560 13.18 93.28 $30.39 $63,200
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 3.09 21.86 $19.35 $40,260
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.94 20.78 $23.51 $48,890
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.95 13.78 $23.38 $48,640
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 80 1.64 11.59 $27.30 $56,790

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 560 13.18 93.28 $30.39 $63,200
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.05 $62,500
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 2.60 $29.83 $62,050
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.10 7.82 $29.58 $61,520
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.21 8.59 $29.20 $60,730


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.

(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 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