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What You Need to Know About Extraction Worker

Position Description All extraction workers not listed separately.

Other Extraction Worker Job Titles

  • Harvester Operator
  • Steel Worker
  • Excavator Operator
  • Plugger Man
  • Excavating Machine Operator

What Kind of Extraction Worker Job Opportunities Are There?

In the United States, there were 4,200 jobs for Extraction Worker in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Extraction Worker by 2026. The BLS estimates 600 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Extraction Worker are Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, West Virginia, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does an Extraction Worker Make?

The typical yearly salary for Extraction Workers is somewhere between $31,000 and $78,520.


Extraction Workers who work in Alaska, Arizona, or North Dakota, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Extraction Workers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $46,380
Alaska $67,620
Arizona $68,690
Colorado $52,260
District of Columbia $51,580
Florida $26,780
Illinois $40,950
Indiana $29,600
Kansas $32,450
Kentucky $47,980
Louisiana $45,600
Maryland $44,400
Missouri $40,250
Nevada $59,270
New Mexico $53,890
North Dakota $61,350
Ohio $39,470
Oklahoma $47,570
Tennessee $37,140
Texas $54,970
West Virginia $49,400

Who Employs Extraction Workers?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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