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Extraction Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of extraction workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of extraction workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of extraction workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The extraction workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Extraction Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for extraction workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) extraction workers is $71,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,400. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 151% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of extraction workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
-0.73% 7.76%
3.85% -
1.24% -
2.09% -
1.50% -
- -

Table 2. Extraction Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of extraction workers in 16 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for extraction workers occupations is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $59,020. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $27,060).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Transportation and Warehousing
Federal, State, and Local Government
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Educational Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade

Table 3. Salaries of Extraction Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of extraction worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
Roof Bolters, Mining
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
Mining Machine Operators
Derrick, Rotary Drill, and Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
Other Mining Machine Operators
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Other Extraction Workers
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
Extraction Workers Helpers
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Rock Splitters, Quarry


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