Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
17,660 4.4 % $17.87 $37,160 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.61 $13.84 $17.21 $21.52 $24.62
Annual Wage (2) $24,140 $28,780 $35,790 $44,750 $51,220


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 8,840 3.15 $18.15 $37,750
Utility System Construction 2,450 0.50 $15.79 $32,840
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,640 0.90 $18.09 $37,630
Coal Mining 1,510 2.82 $21.40 $44,510
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,040 1.11 $16.26 $33,820

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 8,840 3.15 $18.15 $37,750
Coal Mining 1,510 2.82 $21.40 $44,510
Metal Ore Mining 470 1.18 $21.69 $45,120
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,040 1.11 $16.26 $33,820
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,640 0.90 $18.09 $37,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 470 1.18 $21.69 $45,120
Coal Mining 1,510 2.82 $21.40 $44,510
Employment Services (8) (8) $18.59 $38,670
Support Activities for Mining 8,840 3.15 $18.15 $37,750
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,640 0.90 $18.09 $37,630


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 6,700 0.57 4.54 $17.46 $36,320
Pennsylvania 1,420 0.25 1.96 $18.28 $38,030
Louisiana 800 0.42 3.31 $17.19 $35,760
Kentucky 750 0.40 3.19 $18.86 $39,230
New Mexico 730 0.90 7.18 $17.89 $37,220




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)
New Mexico 730 0.90 7.18 $17.89 $37,220
Alaska 280 0.88 6.96 $25.68 $53,420
West Virginia 560 0.80 6.40 $21.45 $44,610
Wyoming 220 0.78 6.21 $19.28 $40,110
Texas 6,700 0.57 4.54 $17.46 $36,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.88 6.96 $25.68 $53,420
Idaho 180 0.27 2.16 $23.55 $48,980
West Virginia 560 0.80 6.40 $21.45 $44,610
Nevada 460 0.36 2.85 $21.13 $43,960
Alabama 90 0.05 0.36 $20.45 $42,540





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 1,770 0.60 4.80 $17.72 $36,860
Midland, TX 530 6.12 48.64 $18.04 $37,530
Pittsburgh, PA 450 0.40 3.18 $16.68 $34,690
Odessa, TX 340 5.07 40.31 $21.87 $45,500
Lafayette, LA 260 1.29 10.29 $16.76 $34,850
Oklahoma City, OK 250 0.41 3.28 $16.31 $33,920
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 1.89 $17.84 $37,100
Bakersfield, CA 200 0.70 5.53 $19.50 $40,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 160 0.07 0.52 $16.20 $33,690
Farmington, NM 150 2.93 23.33 $19.86 $41,310




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 530 6.12 48.64 $18.04 $37,530
Odessa, TX 340 5.07 40.31 $21.87 $45,500
Farmington, NM 150 2.93 23.33 $19.86 $41,310
Abilene, TX 120 1.93 15.32 $18.68 $38,850
Lafayette, LA 260 1.29 10.29 $16.76 $34,850
Wichita Falls, TX 60 1.00 7.92 $18.46 $38,400
Laredo, TX 100 1.00 7.91 $15.96 $33,200
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 140 0.85 6.77 $18.55 $38,580
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.84 6.68 $20.43 $42,490
Longview, TX 80 0.84 6.67 $16.23 $33,760




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)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.26 $29.39 $61,140
Odessa, TX 340 5.07 40.31 $21.87 $45,500
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $21.41 $44,540
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.12 0.96 $21.31 $44,330
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.84 6.68 $20.43 $42,490
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.07 $41,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.93 $41,460
Farmington, NM 150 2.93 23.33 $19.86 $41,310
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.80 $41,190
Bakersfield, CA 200 0.70 5.53 $19.50 $40,560

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 nonmetropolitan area 760 3.88 30.88 $16.15 $33,600
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 480 3.25 25.80 $16.59 $34,500
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 410 9.55 75.93 $21.83 $45,410
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 1.82 14.45 $15.87 $33,000
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 310 2.03 16.14 $20.95 $43,580

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 410 9.55 75.93 $21.83 $45,410
Border Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 4.15 32.97 $16.69 $34,710
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 760 3.88 30.88 $16.15 $33,600
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 3.32 26.38 $24.39 $50,740
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 480 3.25 25.80 $16.59 $34,500

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 3.08 24.51 $27.87 $57,980
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 3.32 26.38 $24.39 $50,740
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 410 9.55 75.93 $21.83 $45,410
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.57 12.47 $21.58 $44,890
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 1.13 8.94 $21.45 $44,610


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.

(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