Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
17,470 3.9 % $22.83 $47,480 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.41 $16.96 $21.08 $27.08 $34.60
Annual Wage (2) $29,960 $35,270 $43,850 $56,330 $71,960


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 8,800 1.73 $21.85 $45,440
Support Activities for Mining 2,210 0.81 $23.11 $48,070
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,140 0.33 $24.14 $50,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,190 0.08 $21.37 $44,450
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 570 0.60 $20.86 $43,380

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 8,800 1.73 $21.85 $45,440
Metal Ore Mining 480 1.25 $29.89 $62,160
Support Activities for Mining 2,210 0.81 $23.11 $48,070
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 570 0.60 $20.86 $43,380
Coal Mining 200 0.40 $22.03 $45,830

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 $50.40 $104,830
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 (7) $31.50 $65,520
Metal Ore Mining 480 1.25 $29.89 $62,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $29.12 $60,570
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 180 0.05 $28.47 $59,230


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 2,000 0.17 1.37 $18.86 $39,230
California 1,790 0.11 0.87 $27.07 $56,310
Florida 1,570 0.19 1.52 $18.61 $38,700
Pennsylvania 760 0.13 1.07 $21.45 $44,610
Nevada 720 0.55 4.48 $29.61 $61,600




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)
Nevada 720 0.55 4.48 $29.61 $61,600
Alaska 130 0.42 3.46 $27.88 $57,990
Wyoming 110 0.40 3.23 $23.20 $48,250
North Dakota 130 0.32 2.63 $25.67 $53,390
Montana 150 0.32 2.60 $26.21 $54,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 380 0.04 0.33 $33.44 $69,560
Washington 190 0.06 0.49 $32.25 $67,080
New Jersey 460 0.12 0.94 $30.81 $64,080
Vermont (8) (8) (8) $30.35 $63,130
Nevada 720 0.55 4.48 $29.61 $61,600



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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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 390 0.20 1.61 $23.06 $47,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 310 0.22 1.76 $34.72 $72,210
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 290 0.24 1.96 $19.57 $40,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 0.93 $19.05 $39,620
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 270 0.20 1.64 $20.63 $42,920
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.04 0.32 $33.45 $69,580
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 240 0.18 1.51 $17.41 $36,220
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 230 0.23 1.88 $18.25 $37,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 210 0.08 0.67 $22.00 $45,770
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 170 0.13 1.08 $35.59 $74,020


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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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.21 9.86 $22.12 $46,010
Madera, CA 40 0.85 6.94 $20.76 $43,180
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.75 6.12 $14.96 $31,110
Prescott, AZ 30 0.55 4.45 $20.79 $43,250
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 50 0.44 3.58 $27.21 $56,600
Charleston, WV 50 0.42 3.42 $17.17 $35,720
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.41 3.31 $25.07 $52,140
Anchorage, AK 60 0.32 2.64 $26.65 $55,420
Winston-Salem, NC 80 0.30 2.44 $19.51 $40,570
St. Cloud, MN 30 0.30 2.41 $21.40 $44,510


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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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 70 0.25 2.01 $35.97 $74,820
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 170 0.13 1.08 $35.59 $74,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 310 0.22 1.76 $34.72 $72,210
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.04 0.32 $33.45 $69,580
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.19 $69,040
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.13 1.09 $32.25 $67,080
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.81 $64,080
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 0.49 $30.51 $63,460
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.12 0.96 $29.77 $61,920
Salem, OR (8) (8) (8) $29.72 $61,830

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 460 11.01 89.89 $31.05 $64,580
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 1.37 11.15 $21.80 $45,350
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 4.59 $17.43 $36,250
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.38 3.11 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 2.91 $21.03 $43,740

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 460 11.01 89.89 $31.05 $64,580
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.45 11.83 $26.31 $54,710
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 1.37 11.15 $21.80 $45,350
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 1.04 8.51 $15.68 $32,610
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 1.01 8.21 $33.74 $70,170

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 1.01 8.21 $33.74 $70,170
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.53 $69,750
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.24 $67,070
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 460 11.01 89.89 $31.05 $64,580
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.96 $62,310


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018