Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
25,840 4.2 % $16.18 $33,660 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.36 $12.51 $15.13 $18.90 $24.31
Annual Wage (2) $21,550 $26,030 $31,460 $39,320 $50,560


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 16,750 4.41 $15.70 $32,660
Coal Mining 3,270 3.73 $21.93 $45,610
Utility System Construction 2,040 0.49 $13.23 $27,520
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,060 0.58 $15.69 $32,630
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 950 1.03 $14.56 $30,290

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 16,750 4.41 $15.70 $32,660
Coal Mining 3,270 3.73 $21.93 $45,610
Metal Ore Mining 510 1.20 $15.96 $33,210
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 950 1.03 $14.56 $30,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,060 0.58 $15.69 $32,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 3,270 3.73 $21.93 $45,610
Metal Ore Mining 510 1.20 $15.96 $33,210
Support Activities for Mining 16,750 4.41 $15.70 $32,660
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,060 0.58 $15.69 $32,630
Building Equipment Contractors 30 (7) $15.48 $32,210


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 7,880 0.74 3.76 $15.06 $31,320
West Virginia 2,740 3.86 19.47 $20.78 $43,230
Pennsylvania 1,590 0.28 1.44 $14.94 $31,070
Oklahoma 1,570 1.02 5.16 $16.41 $34,130
Kentucky 1,080 0.61 3.08 $16.37 $34,050




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)
West Virginia 2,740 3.86 19.47 $20.78 $43,230
Wyoming 490 1.77 8.94 $20.42 $42,470
North Dakota 460 1.13 5.72 $15.27 $31,760
Oklahoma 1,570 1.02 5.16 $16.41 $34,130
Texas 7,880 0.74 3.76 $15.06 $31,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 50 0.02 0.09 $21.00 $43,680
West Virginia 2,740 3.86 19.47 $20.78 $43,230
Wyoming 490 1.77 8.94 $20.42 $42,470
Alaska 200 0.62 3.13 $20.02 $41,630
Arizona 110 0.04 0.23 $19.04 $39,590





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,620 0.61 3.09 $16.39 $34,100
Corpus Christi, TX 610 3.38 17.03 $15.61 $32,460
Midland, TX 600 7.77 39.17 $15.74 $32,740
Oklahoma City, OK 580 0.99 4.99 $16.03 $33,350
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 560 0.64 3.23 $14.21 $29,560
Salt Lake City, UT 420 0.67 3.39 $16.98 $35,320
Charleston, WV 410 2.85 14.36 $22.08 $45,920
Longview, TX 320 3.27 16.48 $14.72 $30,620
Odessa, TX 280 4.15 20.95 $15.41 $32,060
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 260 1.14 5.77 $11.30 $23,510




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 600 7.77 39.17 $15.74 $32,740
Odessa, TX 280 4.15 20.95 $15.41 $32,060
Corpus Christi, TX 610 3.38 17.03 $15.61 $32,460
Longview, TX 320 3.27 16.48 $14.72 $30,620
Casper, WY 120 2.99 15.07 $22.22 $46,220
Charleston, WV 410 2.85 14.36 $22.08 $45,920
Grand Junction, CO 150 2.67 13.46 $14.54 $30,250
Farmington, NM 120 2.47 12.47 $19.14 $39,810
Wichita Falls, TX 120 2.07 10.44 $15.17 $31,560
Victoria, TX 100 2.02 10.17 $14.47 $30,100




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)
Casper, WY 120 2.99 15.07 $22.22 $46,220
Charleston, WV 410 2.85 14.36 $22.08 $45,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.83 $41,240
Farmington, NM 120 2.47 12.47 $19.14 $39,810
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.23 $19.03 $39,570
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 0.62 $18.22 $37,890
San Angelo, TX (8) (8) (8) $17.83 $37,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 30 0.02 0.10 $17.75 $36,910
Salt Lake City, UT 420 0.67 3.39 $16.98 $35,320
Fort Smith, AR-OK 180 1.55 7.84 $16.90 $35,150

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 1,590 11.99 60.46 $22.64 $47,080
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 900 3.53 17.82 $15.07 $31,350
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 760 6.08 30.68 $15.48 $32,190
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 690 12.24 61.71 $16.74 $34,810
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 650 3.89 19.61 $15.91 $33,080

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 690 12.24 61.71 $16.74 $34,810
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 1,590 11.99 60.46 $22.64 $47,080
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 420 6.10 30.76 $16.19 $33,670
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 760 6.08 30.68 $15.48 $32,190
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 630 4.48 22.61 $15.97 $33,220

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 1,590 11.99 60.46 $22.64 $47,080
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.00 10.08 $21.20 $44,100
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.51 $42,650
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.11 $39,750
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 230 1.99 10.04 $18.98 $39,480


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013