Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,280 4.6 % $17.73 $36,870 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.94 $14.13 $17.17 $21.09 $24.55
Annual Wage (2) $24,830 $29,390 $35,710 $43,870 $51,070


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 7,740 2.84 $17.65 $36,720
Utility System Construction 2,550 0.50 $15.76 $32,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,250 0.93 $18.34 $38,140
Coal Mining 1,050 2.12 $22.51 $46,820
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 820 0.86 $16.85 $35,060

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 7,740 2.84 $17.65 $36,720
Coal Mining 1,050 2.12 $22.51 $46,820
Metal Ore Mining 370 0.98 $20.65 $42,950
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,250 0.93 $18.34 $38,140
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 820 0.86 $16.85 $35,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 1,050 2.12 $22.51 $46,820
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 160 0.12 $22.27 $46,320
Metal Ore Mining 370 0.98 $20.65 $42,950
Employment Services 340 0.01 $18.92 $39,350
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,250 0.93 $18.34 $38,140


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 6,190 0.52 4.86 $16.88 $35,110
Pennsylvania 1,080 0.19 1.73 $19.76 $41,090
California 890 0.05 0.50 $17.98 $37,390
Kentucky 720 0.38 3.58 $20.14 $41,890
Oklahoma 520 0.33 3.08 $16.47 $34,260




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 220 0.81 7.54 $19.36 $40,280
Alaska 190 0.60 5.57 $21.11 $43,910
New Mexico 430 0.53 4.95 $20.11 $41,820
West Virginia 350 0.52 4.80 $21.92 $45,590
Texas 6,190 0.52 4.86 $16.88 $35,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 150 0.22 2.05 $24.15 $50,240
West Virginia 350 0.52 4.80 $21.92 $45,590
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,730
Alaska 190 0.60 5.57 $21.11 $43,910
New York 40 0.00 0.04 $20.62 $42,890



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,840 0.63 5.86 $17.60 $36,610
Midland, TX 410 4.67 43.54 $17.55 $36,500
Pittsburgh, PA 380 0.33 3.10 $18.05 $37,550
Odessa, TX 330 4.85 45.23 $18.78 $39,050
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.28 2.58 $17.41 $36,210
Bakersfield, CA 270 0.89 8.30 $19.59 $40,740
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.14 10.62 $19.52 $40,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.07 0.66 (8) (8)
Lafayette, LA 160 0.79 7.38 $18.22 $37,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 110 0.06 0.54 $15.65 $32,540


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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)
Odessa, TX 330 4.85 45.23 $18.78 $39,050
Midland, TX 410 4.67 43.54 $17.55 $36,500
Victoria, TX 50 1.22 11.34 $15.23 $31,680
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.14 10.62 $19.52 $40,610
Longview, TX 90 0.99 9.21 $16.31 $33,920
Abilene, TX 60 0.90 8.40 $17.94 $37,310
Bakersfield, CA 270 0.89 8.30 $19.59 $40,740
Lafayette, LA 160 0.79 7.38 $18.22 $37,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,840 0.63 5.86 $17.60 $36,610
Laredo, TX 60 0.59 5.46 $16.15 $33,580


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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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.99 $43,660
Bakersfield, CA 270 0.89 8.30 $19.59 $40,740
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.14 10.62 $19.52 $40,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.21 $39,950
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 1.18 $18.97 $39,460
Odessa, TX 330 4.85 45.23 $18.78 $39,050
Fort Smith, AR-OK 40 0.37 3.42 $18.56 $38,600
Lafayette, LA 160 0.79 7.38 $18.22 $37,890
Pittsburgh, PA 380 0.33 3.10 $18.05 $37,550
Abilene, TX 60 0.90 8.40 $17.94 $37,310

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 740 3.86 35.99 $14.86 $30,910
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 3.22 30.04 $14.14 $29,420
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 370 8.83 82.38 $19.91 $41,410
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.67 15.53 $16.29 $33,890
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.87 17.43 $21.99 $45,740

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 370 8.83 82.38 $19.91 $41,410
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 4.01 37.40 $17.00 $35,350
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 740 3.86 35.99 $14.86 $30,910
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 3.22 30.04 $14.14 $29,420
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.87 17.43 $21.99 $45,740

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)
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.86 $51,710
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.78 16.63 $23.07 $47,980
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 8.89 $22.30 $46,390
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.87 17.43 $21.99 $45,740
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.71 $45,150


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.

(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