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Support Activities for Mining: NAICS 213

About the Support Activities for Mining subsector

The support activities for mining subsector is part of the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Mining subsector group establishments primarily providing support services, on a contract or fee basis, required for the mining and quarrying of minerals and for the extraction of oil and gas. Establishments performing exploration (except geophysical surveying and mapping) for minerals, on a contract or fee basis, are included in this subsector. Exploration includes traditional prospecting methods, such as taking core samples and making geological observations at prospective sites.

The activities performed on a contract or fee basis by establishments in the Support Activities for Mining subsector are also often performed in-house by mining operators.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for mining subsector consists of a single industry group, Support Activities for Mining: NAICS 2131.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for mining. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Dec.
2023
Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

293.6 290.1 (p)291.9 (p)293.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

235.6 228.0 (p)231.9  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2023

Derrick operators, oil and gas

9,960

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

17,880

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

9,170

Roustabouts, oil and gas

33,240

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

33,770

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for support activities for mining.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in support activities for mining.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Nov.
2023
Dec.
2023
Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$36.60 $37.75 $37.93 (p)$38.57

Average weekly hours

47.4 47.0 45.3 (p)45.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Nov.
2023
Dec.
2023
Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$32.69 $34.51 $34.16 (p)$35.34

Average weekly hours

52.7 51.6 50.4 (p)50.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2023
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Derrick operators, oil and gas

27.85 27.50 57,930 57,190

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

37.18 41.35 77,340 86,010

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

29.36 32.46 61,070 67,530

Roustabouts, oil and gas

22.43 22.73 46,660 47,270

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

24.09 26.42 50,110 54,960

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in support activities for mining. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2019 2020 2021 2022

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

82 39 57 75

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2022

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

1.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.8

Cases involving days away from work

0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2023
Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024

Producer price index

(p)127.179 (p)126.855 (p)127.470 (p)128.168

Percent change from previous month

  (p)1.4% (p)-0.3% (p)0.5% (p)0.5%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for mining.

Establishments

Data series Back
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4th quarter
2022
1st quarter
2023
2nd quarter
2023
3rd quarter
2023

Number of establishments

Private industry

17,301 (p)17,295 (p)17,217 (p)17,360

Local government

1 (p)1 (p)1 (p)1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: April 24, 2024