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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-5097 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 47-5023 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and 47-5032 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters; and the 2010 SOC occupations 47-5021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas and 47-5031 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters.


National estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Industry profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Geographic profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

National estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
22,540 3.4 % $ 24.54 $ 51,040 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.08 $ 19.08 $ 23.32 $ 28.94 $ 35.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,440 $ 39,690 $ 48,510 $ 60,190 $ 73,650


Industry profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 7,410 1.33 $ 23.21 $ 48,270
Support Activities for Mining 2,690 0.99 $ 26.04 $ 54,170
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,390 0.34 $ 25.11 $ 52,240
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,580 0.08 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Metal Ore Mining 1,450 3.58 $ 25.65 $ 53,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,450 3.58 $ 25.65 $ 53,340
Utility System Construction 7,410 1.33 $ 23.21 $ 48,270
Support Activities for Mining 2,690 0.99 $ 26.04 $ 54,170
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 860 0.87 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Coal Mining 300 0.69 $ 29.16 $ 60,650

Top paying industries for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $ 30.08 $ 62,560
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 230 0.19 $ 29.69 $ 61,750
Coal Mining 300 0.69 $ 29.16 $ 60,650
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 40 (7) $ 28.48 $ 59,230
Facilities Support Services 70 0.04 $ 28.41 $ 59,100


Geographic profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,110 0.26 1.59 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
California 1,760 0.11 0.66 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Nevada 1,300 1.04 6.41 $ 25.33 $ 52,680
Florida 1,200 0.14 0.87 $ 22.05 $ 45,860
Maryland 810 0.32 1.97 $ 24.25 $ 50,450




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.42 8.73 $ 30.12 $ 62,650
Nevada 1,300 1.04 6.41 $ 25.33 $ 52,680
Wyoming 230 0.89 5.49 $ 29.81 $ 62,000
West Virginia 440 0.68 4.17 $ 22.61 $ 47,020
Montana 240 0.52 3.20 $ 22.91 $ 47,660




Top paying states for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 120 0.07 0.42 $ 34.13 $ 70,990
Alaska 420 1.42 8.73 $ 30.12 $ 62,650
Wyoming 230 0.89 5.49 $ 29.81 $ 62,000
New York 610 0.07 0.44 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
Washington 350 0.11 0.68 $ 28.60 $ 59,490





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 710 0.20 1.22 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.44 2.74 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Austin-Round Rock, TX 480 0.45 2.80 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.22 1.36 $ 28.44 $ 59,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 350 0.04 0.24 $ 28.58 $ 59,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 320 0.22 1.37 $ 25.56 $ 53,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.14 0.88 $ 28.65 $ 59,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 260 0.17 1.06 $ 23.47 $ 48,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 250 0.09 0.56 $ 22.62 $ 47,040
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 240 0.24 1.46 $ 23.47 $ 48,820




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.22 7.51 $ 32.85 $ 68,340
Winchester, VA-WV 60 0.99 6.10 $ 26.86 $ 55,870
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 100 0.91 5.62 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 80 0.78 4.83 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
St. Cloud, MN 80 0.76 4.68 $ 22.62 $ 47,060
Manchester, NH 70 0.64 3.95 $ 26.46 $ 55,040
Salem, OR 100 0.62 3.81 $ 27.50 $ 57,200
Las Cruces, NM 40 0.59 3.62 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Morgantown, WV 40 0.58 3.56 $ 18.41 $ 38,300
Ocala, FL 60 0.56 3.47 $ 20.38 $ 42,380




Top paying metropolitan areas for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lafayette, LA (8) (8) (8) $ 47.16 $ 98,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.52 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 100 0.23 1.42 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.22 7.51 $ 32.85 $ 68,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 220 0.04 0.24 $ 31.06 $ 64,600
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.24 $ 30.24 $ 62,890
Worcester, MA-CT 80 0.29 1.77 $ 30.09 $ 62,590
Columbus, OH 50 0.05 0.30 $ 29.74 $ 61,850
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.18 1.09 $ 29.69 $ 61,760
Bakersfield, CA 120 0.40 2.44 $ 29.49 $ 61,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,230 13.39 82.62 $ 25.03 $ 52,070
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 3.35 20.66 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 1.83 11.30 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 2.26 13.98 $ 29.25 $ 60,830
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.11 6.84 $ 23.50 $ 48,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,230 13.39 82.62 $ 25.03 $ 52,070
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 3.35 20.66 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 2.26 13.98 $ 29.25 $ 60,830
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 2.12 13.07 $ 23.00 $ 47,830
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 1.83 11.30 $ 22.87 $ 47,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.42 $ 33.65 $ 69,990
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 4.77 $ 31.53 $ 65,590
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.24 7.63 $ 31.19 $ 64,880
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 3.35 20.66 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 2.26 13.98 $ 29.25 $ 60,830


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021