Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
23,020 4.4 % $16.89 $35,120 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.79 $13.18 $16.30 $20.07 $24.32
Annual Wage (2) $22,450 $27,420 $33,910 $41,750 $50,580


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 14,460 3.62 $16.85 $35,060
Coal Mining 2,620 3.28 $20.64 $42,920
Utility System Construction 2,130 0.48 $14.34 $29,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 950 0.49 $16.25 $33,810
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 920 1.02 $15.40 $32,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 14,460 3.62 $16.85 $35,060
Coal Mining 2,620 3.28 $20.64 $42,920
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 920 1.02 $15.40 $32,030
Metal Ore Mining 430 0.95 $16.76 $34,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 950 0.49 $16.25 $33,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,620 3.28 $20.64 $42,920
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 590 0.11 $17.41 $36,200
Support Activities for Mining 14,460 3.62 $16.85 $35,060
Metal Ore Mining 430 0.95 $16.76 $34,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 950 0.49 $16.25 $33,810


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 6,810 0.62 3.60 $16.44 $34,190
West Virginia 1,790 2.53 14.57 $19.26 $40,060
Oklahoma 1,350 0.87 4.99 $17.71 $36,830
Pennsylvania 1,220 0.22 1.25 $17.55 $36,500
New Mexico 1,200 1.53 8.84 $15.32 $31,870




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 1,790 2.53 14.57 $19.26 $40,060
New Mexico 1,200 1.53 8.84 $15.32 $31,870
Wyoming 390 1.40 8.07 $21.31 $44,330
North Dakota 590 1.39 8.03 $15.85 $32,970
Oklahoma 1,350 0.87 4.99 $17.71 $36,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 40 0.03 0.15 $23.50 $48,890
Alaska 110 0.34 1.98 $23.14 $48,120
Massachusetts 60 0.02 0.10 $22.36 $46,500
Wyoming 390 1.40 8.07 $21.31 $44,330
West Virginia 1,790 2.53 14.57 $19.26 $40,060





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 1,470 0.53 3.06 $17.83 $37,080
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 520 1.82 10.47 $20.55 $42,730
Midland, TX 430 5.20 29.94 $15.80 $32,870
Salt Lake City, UT 320 0.50 2.87 $16.81 $34,970
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 320 0.66 3.78 (8) (8)
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.73 9.95 $17.77 $36,960
Tulsa, OK 290 0.69 3.97 $19.07 $39,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 270 0.30 1.75 $15.35 $31,930
Charleston, WV 250 1.74 10.03 $23.91 $49,740
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 240 0.28 1.63 $14.53 $30,230




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)
Midland, TX 430 5.20 29.94 $15.80 $32,870
Odessa, TX 210 2.99 17.21 $15.85 $32,960
Casper, WY 100 2.43 13.98 $21.93 $45,610
Longview, TX 230 2.30 13.27 $16.12 $33,530
Fort Smith, AR-OK 200 1.82 10.48 $16.66 $34,650
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 520 1.82 10.47 $20.55 $42,730
Charleston, WV 250 1.74 10.03 $23.91 $49,740
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.73 9.95 $17.77 $36,960
Abilene, TX 90 1.42 8.20 $14.91 $31,010
Wichita Falls, TX 70 1.24 7.12 $16.13 $33,550




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 250 1.74 10.03 $23.91 $49,740
Casper, WY 100 2.43 13.98 $21.93 $45,610
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 520 1.82 10.47 $20.55 $42,730
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 170 0.33 1.92 $20.45 $42,540
Farmington, NM (8) (8) (8) $19.61 $40,780
Tulsa, OK 290 0.69 3.97 $19.07 $39,660
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $18.69 $38,880
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $18.56 $38,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,470 0.53 3.06 $17.83 $37,080
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.73 9.95 $17.77 $36,960

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,130 4.37 25.16 $16.95 $35,270
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,100 8.55 49.27 $14.97 $31,130
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 880 6.71 38.63 $18.02 $37,490
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 590 10.50 60.46 $16.83 $35,000
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 520 3.95 22.76 $17.03 $35,420

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 590 10.50 60.46 $16.83 $35,000
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,100 8.55 49.27 $14.97 $31,130
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 520 7.11 40.97 $15.69 $32,640
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 880 6.71 38.63 $18.02 $37,490
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,130 4.37 25.16 $16.95 $35,270

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.01 5.80 $22.96 $47,750
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.72 15.68 $22.21 $46,190
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.20 $44,090
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 340 2.08 11.96 $19.57 $40,700
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 420 3.00 17.31 $19.54 $40,650


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014