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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Helpers--Extraction Workers
Industry profile for Helpers--Extraction Workers
Geographic profile for Helpers--Extraction Workers

National estimates for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,980 6.2 % $ 19.65 $ 40,860 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.14 $ 16.64 $ 18.15 $ 22.47 $ 25.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,400 $ 34,600 $ 37,760 $ 46,740 $ 52,790


Industry profile for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Helpers--Extraction Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Helpers--Extraction Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 2,340 1.10 $ 19.76 $ 41,100
Utility System Construction 1,790 0.33 $ 18.06 $ 37,560
Coal Mining 410 1.12 $ 24.69 $ 51,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 250 0.02 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 220 0.03 $ 20.78 $ 43,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 410 1.12 $ 24.69 $ 51,360
Support Activities for Mining 2,340 1.10 $ 19.76 $ 41,100
Metal Ore Mining 200 0.49 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Utility System Construction 1,790 0.33 $ 18.06 $ 37,560
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 160 0.17 $ 20.93 $ 43,530

Top paying industries for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 100 0.09 $ 24.88 $ 51,740
Coal Mining 410 1.12 $ 24.69 $ 51,360
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 160 0.17 $ 20.93 $ 43,530
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 220 0.03 $ 20.78 $ 43,230
Metal Ore Mining 200 0.49 $ 20.24 $ 42,100


Geographic profile for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Helpers--Extraction Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Helpers--Extraction Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of helpers--extraction workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,650 0.14 3.18 $ 17.90 $ 37,220
Nevada 400 0.31 7.36 $ 20.26 $ 42,140
California 360 0.02 0.51 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
West Virginia 270 0.42 9.81 $ 21.11 $ 43,900
Kentucky 240 0.13 3.12 $ 20.58 $ 42,800


Map of location quotient of helpers--extraction workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.63 14.90 $ 23.54 $ 48,970
West Virginia 270 0.42 9.81 $ 21.11 $ 43,900
Nevada 400 0.31 7.36 $ 20.26 $ 42,140
Idaho 200 0.27 6.26 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
New Mexico 130 0.17 3.96 $ 16.32 $ 33,950


Map of annual mean wages of helpers--extraction workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 110 0.06 1.35 $ 24.57 $ 51,110
California 360 0.02 0.51 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
Alaska 190 0.63 14.90 $ 23.54 $ 48,970
Louisiana 100 0.06 1.32 $ 23.24 $ 48,340
Idaho 200 0.27 6.26 $ 23.11 $ 48,080



Map of employment of helpers--extraction workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 110 1.12 26.43 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 100 0.01 0.27 $ 21.08 $ 43,840
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.11 2.56 $ 19.39 $ 40,340
Corpus Christi, TX 90 0.52 12.14 $ 15.76 $ 32,770
Odessa, TX 70 1.04 24.49 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.30 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.56 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Farmington, NM 50 1.10 26.00 (8) (8)
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 40 0.16 3.78 $ 14.97 $ 31,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 40 0.02 0.39 $ 16.13 $ 33,540


Map of location quotient of helpers--extraction workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 110 1.12 26.43 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Farmington, NM 50 1.10 26.00 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 70 1.04 24.49 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Corpus Christi, TX 90 0.52 12.14 $ 15.76 $ 32,770
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 40 0.16 3.78 $ 14.97 $ 31,140
Reno, NV 40 0.16 3.67 $ 18.76 $ 39,010
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.30 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.13 2.97 $ 20.30 $ 42,230
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.11 2.56 $ 19.39 $ 40,340
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.56 $ 21.63 $ 44,990


Map of annual mean wages of helpers--extraction workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.30 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.56 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 100 0.01 0.27 $ 21.08 $ 43,840
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.13 2.97 $ 20.30 $ 42,230
Midland, TX 110 1.12 26.43 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 100 0.11 2.56 $ 19.39 $ 40,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 19.11 $ 39,750
Odessa, TX 70 1.04 24.49 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Reno, NV 40 0.16 3.67 $ 18.76 $ 39,010
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 18.02 $ 37,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 2.72 64.02 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.53 35.96 $ 24.16 $ 50,240
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 18.30 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 24.34 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 7.09 $ 15.87 $ 33,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 2.72 64.02 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.53 35.96 $ 24.16 $ 50,240
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 24.34 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 18.30 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 16.01 $ 24.53 $ 51,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Helpers--Extraction Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 6.28 $ 29.17 $ 60,670
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 16.01 $ 24.53 $ 51,010
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.53 35.96 $ 24.16 $ 50,240
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 24.34 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 2.72 64.02 $ 20.80 $ 43,270


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022