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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-5023 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap subsurface 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. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.


National estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
Industry profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
Geographic profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

National estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,800 4.1 % $ 25.77 $ 53,600 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.74 $ 21.05 $ 23.20 $ 29.25 $ 37.09
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,910 $ 43,780 $ 48,250 $ 60,830 $ 77,160


Industry profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 7,120 1.32 $ 25.04 $ 52,090
Support Activities for Mining 1,940 0.91 $ 27.62 $ 57,450
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,440 0.20 $ 26.73 $ 55,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,030 0.07 $ 24.04 $ 50,000
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 910 0.95 $ 24.74 $ 51,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 7,120 1.32 $ 25.04 $ 52,090
Metal Ore Mining 390 0.96 $ 30.76 $ 63,990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 910 0.95 $ 24.74 $ 51,450
Support Activities for Mining 1,940 0.91 $ 27.62 $ 57,450
Coal Mining 170 0.47 $ 27.90 $ 58,030

Top paying industries for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 80 0.01 $ 44.16 $ 91,850
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 380 0.32 $ 30.92 $ 64,320
Metal Ore Mining 390 0.96 $ 30.76 $ 63,990
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 140 (7) $ 28.81 $ 59,910
Coal Mining 170 0.47 $ 27.90 $ 58,030


Geographic profile for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of earth drillers, except oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,250 0.18 1.64 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
California 1,250 0.08 0.68 $ 28.60 $ 59,480
Florida 790 0.09 0.82 $ 21.78 $ 45,310
Virginia 660 0.18 1.58 $ 23.89 $ 49,680
Pennsylvania 660 0.12 1.06 $ 23.22 $ 48,300


Map of location quotient of earth drillers, except oil and gas by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.99 8.79 $ 33.47 $ 69,610
Montana 250 0.54 4.82 $ 27.56 $ 57,320
Nevada 470 0.37 3.27 $ 28.10 $ 58,440
New Hampshire 200 0.31 2.77 $ 27.81 $ 57,840
Idaho 230 0.30 2.67 $ 23.54 $ 48,960


Map of annual mean wages of earth drillers, except oil and gas by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.99 8.79 $ 33.47 $ 69,610
Massachusetts 280 0.08 0.74 $ 33.12 $ 68,900
New York 580 0.07 0.60 $ 33.08 $ 68,800
Illinois 180 0.03 0.28 $ 32.18 $ 66,940
Louisiana 150 0.09 0.76 $ 31.51 $ 65,540



Map of employment of earth drillers, except oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 580 0.07 0.60 $ 33.29 $ 69,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.18 1.59 $ 27.72 $ 57,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 0.11 0.96 $ 25.20 $ 52,420
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.75 $ 32.75 $ 68,110
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.11 0.96 $ 24.70 $ 51,370
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 180 0.08 0.67 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 1.07 $ 25.57 $ 53,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 0.52 $ 27.79 $ 57,810
Salt Lake City, UT 170 0.22 2.00 $ 28.34 $ 58,950
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 160 0.17 1.55 $ 29.62 $ 61,610


Map of location quotient of earth drillers, except oil and gas by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 40 1.04 9.23 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Winchester, VA-WV 40 0.59 5.22 $ 24.01 $ 49,940
Manchester, NH 50 0.48 4.27 $ 28.14 $ 58,540
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.47 4.21 $ 28.65 $ 59,600
St. Cloud, MN 40 0.44 3.95 $ 22.33 $ 46,450
Greeley, CO 40 0.42 3.75 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Midland, TX 40 0.42 3.74 $ 27.65 $ 57,510
Salisbury, MD-DE 50 0.34 3.05 $ 22.66 $ 47,130
Salem, OR 50 0.27 2.45 $ 40.81 $ 84,890
Port St. Lucie, FL 40 0.26 2.31 $ 23.27 $ 48,410


Map of annual mean wages of earth drillers, except oil and gas by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salem, OR 50 0.27 2.45 $ 40.81 $ 84,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 0.46 $ 34.24 $ 71,220
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 150 0.04 0.32 $ 34.18 $ 71,090
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.13 1.13 $ 33.52 $ 69,720
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 580 0.07 0.60 $ 33.29 $ 69,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.75 $ 32.75 $ 68,110
Rochester, NY 60 0.14 1.22 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 0.75 $ 29.77 $ 61,910
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 160 0.17 1.55 $ 29.62 $ 61,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.07 0.59 $ 29.31 $ 60,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 2.71 24.17 $ 27.01 $ 56,170
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 2.51 22.37 $ 34.42 $ 71,590
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 9.72 $ 20.44 $ 42,510
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.86 7.69 $ 22.63 $ 47,060
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 4.38 $ 24.19 $ 50,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 2.71 24.17 $ 27.01 $ 56,170
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 2.51 22.37 $ 34.42 $ 71,590
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 11.99 $ 27.17 $ 56,520
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.16 10.34 $ 29.66 $ 61,690
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 9.72 $ 20.44 $ 42,510

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 2.51 22.37 $ 34.42 $ 71,590
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 2.61 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.16 10.34 $ 29.66 $ 61,690
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 0.75 6.65 $ 28.68 $ 59,650
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.90 $ 28.27 $ 58,810


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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