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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
15,930 4.9 % $18.10 $37,660 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.02 $14.35 $17.48 $21.50 $25.48
Annual Wage (2) $24,990 $29,850 $36,350 $44,720 $52,990


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 8,420 2.63 $17.80 $37,030
Utility System Construction 2,390 0.45 $17.13 $35,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,180 0.84 $18.33 $38,130
Coal Mining 1,070 2.11 $22.40 $46,590
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 690 0.70 $19.71 $41,000

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 8,420 2.63 $17.80 $37,030
Coal Mining 1,070 2.11 $22.40 $46,590
Metal Ore Mining 350 0.88 $19.94 $41,480
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,180 0.84 $18.33 $38,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 690 0.70 $19.71 $41,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 1,070 2.11 $22.40 $46,590
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) (8) (8) $21.90 $45,550
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) (8) (8) $20.74 $43,140
Metal Ore Mining 350 0.88 $19.94 $41,480
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 690 0.70 $19.71 $41,000


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 6,680 0.55 5.01 $17.27 $35,910
California 1,120 0.07 0.60 $19.76 $41,110
Pennsylvania 790 0.14 1.23 $20.31 $42,240
Ohio 690 0.13 1.15 $18.84 $39,180
Colorado 620 0.24 2.14 $17.64 $36,700




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 440 1.65 14.96 $17.91 $37,250
New Mexico 470 0.57 5.22 $20.08 $41,770
Texas 6,680 0.55 5.01 $17.27 $35,910
Alaska 140 0.43 3.91 $20.47 $42,570
West Virginia 240 0.34 3.09 $21.65 $45,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 250 0.13 1.15 $26.72 $55,580
Massachusetts 50 0.01 0.12 $24.37 $50,680
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $23.07 $47,990
West Virginia 240 0.34 3.09 $21.65 $45,040
Illinois 240 0.04 0.36 $21.37 $44,450





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 1,860 0.62 5.66 $18.00 $37,450
Midland, TX 810 7.99 72.55 $18.13 $37,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 1.63 $16.02 $33,320
Odessa, TX 470 6.14 55.77 $18.37 $38,210
Corpus Christi, TX 390 2.08 18.87 $19.07 $39,670
Wheeling, WV-OH 390 6.26 56.82 $24.56 $51,080
Greeley, CO 340 3.31 30.05 $16.95 $35,250
Bakersfield, CA 330 1.06 9.62 $19.99 $41,590
Lafayette, LA 210 1.09 9.92 $17.18 $35,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 140 0.07 0.60 $15.30 $31,820




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 810 7.99 72.55 $18.13 $37,720
Wheeling, WV-OH 390 6.26 56.82 $24.56 $51,080
Odessa, TX 470 6.14 55.77 $18.37 $38,210
Greeley, CO 340 3.31 30.05 $16.95 $35,250
Corpus Christi, TX 390 2.08 18.87 $19.07 $39,670
Lafayette, LA 210 1.09 9.92 $17.18 $35,730
Bakersfield, CA 330 1.06 9.62 $19.99 $41,590
Longview, TX 90 0.93 8.46 $16.56 $34,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,860 0.62 5.66 $18.00 $37,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 1.63 $16.02 $33,320




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.79 $53,640
Wheeling, WV-OH 390 6.26 56.82 $24.56 $51,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.47 $42,580
Bakersfield, CA 330 1.06 9.62 $19.99 $41,590
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $19.68 $40,940
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $19.46 $40,470
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 0.40 $19.33 $40,220
Corpus Christi, TX 390 2.08 18.87 $19.07 $39,670
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $18.85 $39,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 60 0.01 0.06 $18.44 $38,360

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 2.22 20.20 $15.95 $33,180
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 400 2.54 23.06 $20.76 $43,180
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 350 3.59 32.57 $20.10 $41,800
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 3.47 31.51 $17.23 $35,830
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 2.22 20.20 $14.39 $29,920

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 350 3.59 32.57 $20.10 $41,800
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 3.47 31.51 $17.23 $35,830
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 400 2.54 23.06 $20.76 $43,180
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 2.22 20.20 $14.39 $29,920
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 2.22 20.20 $15.95 $33,180

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)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.91 $49,740
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 280 1.84 16.72 $22.59 $46,990
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 3.98 $21.27 $44,250
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.23 $44,170
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.94 8.53 $20.98 $43,640


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019