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Highest Paying Industries for Extraction Workers

The top 87 highest paying industries for extraction workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $84,380, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for extraction workers. It is followed by other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (average annual salary $67,650). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of extraction workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 87 Highest Paying Industries for Extraction Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$84,380
460
2 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,650
n/a
3 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$64,790
160
4 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$64,520
70
5 Scientific Research and Development Services
$64,520
70
6 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$58,380
250
7 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$57,480
270
8 Pipeline Transportation
$56,440
190
9 Utilities
$56,030
1,040
10 Nonresidential Building Construction
$55,000
360
11 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$54,530
n/a
12 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$54,530
n/a
13 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,530
n/a
14 Metal Ore Mining
$54,510
8,890
15 Construction of Buildings
$53,950
410
16 Natural Gas Distribution
$53,870
860
17 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$51,950
150
18 Coal Mining
$51,950
16,620
19 Transportation and Warehousing
$49,520
580
20 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,310
780
21 Machinery Manufacturing
$48,810
800
22 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$48,630
37,780
23 Specialized Freight Trucking
$48,420
340
24 Manufacturing
$47,560
2,670
25 Truck Transportation
$47,470
370
26 Engineering Services
$47,350
1,820
27 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$46,900
740
28 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,560
3,380
29 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$45,260
140
30 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$44,890
150
31 Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$44,880
330
32 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$44,710
150
33 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$44,420
110
34 Oil and Gas Extraction
$44,420
25,990
35 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$43,750
2,460
36 Chemical Manufacturing
$43,240
220
37 Mining
$42,540
230,640
38 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$41,980
n/a
39 Federal government, including USPS
$41,970
1,540
40 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$41,970
1,540
41 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$41,970
1,800
42 Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,970
1,800
43 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$41,960
1,830
44 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$41,910
4,400
45 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$41,540
370
46 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$41,320
110
47 Specialty Trade Contractors
$41,300
5,110
48 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$41,160
1,510
49 Support Activities for Mining
$40,830
166,870
50 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,780
670
51 State government, including schools and hospitals
$40,740
150
52 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$40,380
560
53 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$40,070
1,620
54 Wholesale Trade
$39,940
2,940
55 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$39,650
1,220
56 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$39,620
1,310
57 Building Equipment Contractors
$39,510
460
58 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,210
380
59 Educational Services
$38,660
40
60 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$38,550
100
61 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$38,440
n/a
62 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$38,390
730
63 Rental and Leasing Services
$37,840
1,080
64 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$37,840
1,080
65 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$37,720
1,070
66 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$37,720
12,270
67 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$37,500
310
68 Construction
$37,350
21,580
69 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$37,120
150
70 Testing Laboratories
$37,050
440
71 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,330
2,790
72 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$36,190
16,060
73 Utility System Construction
$36,120
14,860
74 Administrative and Support Services
$35,970
2,420
75 Temporary Help Services
$35,370
1,740
76 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$35,090
270
77 Employment Services
$35,090
2,030
78 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$33,620
90
79 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$33,110
90
80 Used Merchandise Stores
$30,300
n/a
81 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$30,300
n/a
82 Retail Trade
$30,010
n/a
83 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$29,940
160
84 Repair and Maintenance
$29,940
160
85 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$29,940
160
86 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$27,980
n/a
87 Residential Building Construction
$26,770
n/a