Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
19,160 4.1 % $24.42 $50,790 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.68 $16.56 $20.93 $27.41 $35.32
Annual Wage (2) $28,450 $34,430 $43,540 $57,020 $73,470


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 6,630 1.42 $20.97 $43,620
Support Activities for Mining 4,280 1.02 $30.88 $64,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,560 0.43 $25.95 $53,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,320 0.10 $22.60 $47,000
Metal Ore Mining 1,000 2.20 $25.80 $53,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,000 2.20 $25.80 $53,670
Utility System Construction 6,630 1.42 $20.97 $43,620
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 960 1.04 $20.37 $42,370
Support Activities for Mining 4,280 1.02 $30.88 $64,220
Coal Mining 400 0.54 $24.27 $50,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 4,280 1.02 $30.88 $64,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $26.59 $55,320
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,560 0.43 $25.95 $53,990
Metal Ore Mining 1,000 2.20 $25.80 $53,670
Coal Mining 400 0.54 $24.27 $50,490


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 2,440 0.22 1.53 $28.70 $59,690
California 1,820 0.12 0.85 $27.24 $56,650
Pennsylvania 1,150 0.20 1.44 $24.20 $50,330
Nevada 820 0.69 4.84 $27.20 $56,570
Florida 760 0.10 0.70 $16.43 $34,180



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 250 0.89 6.28 $22.27 $46,320
West Virginia 510 0.71 5.04 $21.03 $43,730
Nevada 820 0.69 4.84 $27.20 $56,570
Montana 300 0.68 4.83 $23.82 $49,540
Alaska 160 0.48 3.38 $28.47 $59,220



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 300 0.05 0.37 $31.27 $65,050
Texas 2,440 0.22 1.53 $28.70 $59,690
Alaska 160 0.48 3.38 $28.47 $59,220
Washington 300 0.10 0.72 $27.94 $58,110
California 1,820 0.12 0.85 $27.24 $56,650




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 490 0.17 1.21 $34.95 $72,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 260 0.11 0.78 $19.93 $41,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 0.79 $28.67 $59,630
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.38 $34.74 $72,270
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 200 0.32 2.22 $23.86 $49,630
Oklahoma City, OK 190 0.31 2.18 $22.35 $46,480
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 180 0.19 1.37 $19.42 $40,400
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.15 1.02 $21.74 $45,230
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 160 0.34 2.42 $15.15 $31,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 0.40 $23.54 $48,960



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)
Monroe, MI 50 1.26 8.88 $17.06 $35,480
Charleston, WV 120 0.82 5.76 $20.65 $42,960
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.77 5.42 $17.90 $37,240
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.55 3.85 $23.77 $49,430
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.49 3.47 $21.91 $45,570
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 100 0.49 3.48 $16.37 $34,060
Billings, MT 40 0.47 3.32 $23.40 $48,680
Ocala, FL 40 0.42 2.95 $17.11 $35,590
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.37 2.60 $27.20 $56,580
Salem, OR 50 0.36 2.55 $27.90 $58,030



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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.88 $76,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 490 0.17 1.21 $34.95 $72,700
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.14 1.02 $34.85 $72,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.38 $34.74 $72,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.42 $34.49 $71,730
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.21 $69,070
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.56 $67,730
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.18 1.29 $30.96 $64,400
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.78 $64,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $30.76 $63,990

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 620 11.14 78.60 $27.69 $57,590
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 260 2.05 14.47 $20.51 $42,660
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.82 12.84 $19.30 $40,140
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.37 9.67 $17.93 $37,300
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.54 3.84 $24.66 $51,300

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 620 11.14 78.60 $27.69 $57,590
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 3.79 26.75 $22.03 $45,830
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 2.61 18.39 $19.76 $41,100
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 260 2.05 14.47 $20.51 $42,660
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 240 1.82 12.84 $19.30 $40,140

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)
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 1.21 8.55 $33.20 $69,050
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.88 6.23 $31.46 $65,430
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 620 11.14 78.60 $27.69 $57,590
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.89 6.28 $27.06 $56,290
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.79 12.61 $27.03 $56,210


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015