Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

47-5021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.


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)
18,500 3.6 % $24.64 $51,240 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.17 $16.93 $21.33 $27.84 $36.48
Annual Wage (2) $29,480 $35,220 $44,360 $57,900 $75,880


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)
Utility System Construction 8,340 1.70 $21.87 $45,480
Support Activities for Mining 3,000 1.07 $32.83 $68,280
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,080 0.32 $25.30 $52,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,490 0.11 $23.93 $49,770
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 790 0.84 $20.83 $43,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 8,340 1.70 $21.87 $45,480
Metal Ore Mining 560 1.40 $28.96 $60,240
Support Activities for Mining 3,000 1.07 $32.83 $68,280
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 790 0.84 $20.83 $43,330
Coal Mining 270 0.51 $22.88 $47,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 60 0.01 $52.10 $108,360
Support Activities for Mining 3,000 1.07 $32.83 $68,280
Metal Ore Mining 560 1.40 $28.96 $60,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $28.70 $59,690
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.01 $28.05 $58,350


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 2,110 0.18 1.36 $28.27 $58,800
California 1,760 0.11 0.84 $28.54 $59,360
Florida 1,660 0.20 1.53 $17.83 $37,080
Pennsylvania 930 0.16 1.23 $21.06 $43,810
Michigan 610 0.14 1.10 $22.95 $47,730




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)
North Dakota 260 0.62 4.70 (8) (8)
Wyoming 140 0.51 3.85 $22.53 $46,850
Nevada 570 0.45 3.42 $29.42 $61,200
Alaska 150 0.45 3.41 $26.28 $54,660
West Virginia 260 0.37 2.79 $20.46 $42,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 110 0.06 0.47 $30.99 $64,470
New York 460 0.05 0.38 $30.77 $64,000
Illinois 360 0.06 0.46 $30.14 $62,680
Nevada 570 0.45 3.42 $29.42 $61,200
Washington 300 0.10 0.73 $29.02 $60,360





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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.25 1.92 $33.66 $70,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 310 0.16 1.20 $23.55 $48,990
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 270 0.23 1.77 $18.92 $39,350
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 250 0.20 1.49 $16.94 $35,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 0.67 $19.36 $40,280
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 220 0.17 1.28 $35.61 $74,070
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 210 0.38 2.91 $20.37 $42,370
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.24 $26.36 $54,820
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 190 0.14 1.06 $20.93 $43,530
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.15 1.17 $28.66 $59,600




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 170 2.02 15.34 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 120 1.75 13.30 $23.04 $47,920
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.26 9.59 $21.41 $44,530
Yuba City, CA 50 1.18 8.94 $23.98 $49,890
College Station-Bryan, TX 90 0.87 6.60 $16.27 $33,840
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 160 0.66 4.98 $18.13 $37,710
Duluth, MN-WI 70 0.55 4.15 $24.10 $50,120
Ocala, FL 50 0.49 3.70 $14.70 $30,580
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 210 0.38 2.91 $20.37 $42,370
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 40 0.36 2.76 $26.97 $56,100




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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.67 $82,510
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 220 0.17 1.28 $35.61 $74,070
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.02 $72,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.25 1.92 $33.66 $70,010
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.64 $69,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,460
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.19 $64,870
Trenton, NJ 30 0.15 1.16 $31.02 $64,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 0.49 $30.07 $62,540
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.15 1.12 $30.05 $62,500

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 470 11.06 83.98 $29.75 $61,880
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 300 1.54 11.68 $21.53 $44,770
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.92 6.98 $20.59 $42,830
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 12.82 $21.18 $44,060
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.78 5.90 $20.02 $41,650

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 470 11.06 83.98 $29.75 $61,880
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 12.82 $21.18 $44,060
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 300 1.54 11.68 $21.53 $44,770
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.94 7.11 $23.46 $48,790
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.92 6.98 $20.59 $42,830

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)
North Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.43 $69,530
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.95 $66,450
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 3.01 $31.22 $64,940
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.85 $62,090
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 470 11.06 83.98 $29.75 $61,880


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017