Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


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)
36,910 3.0 % $19.61 $40,800 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.89 $14.29 $18.08 $24.12 $30.67
Annual Wage (2) $24,720 $29,720 $37,600 $50,160 $63,800


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)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 23,670 19.84 $19.34 $40,230
Waste Treatment and Disposal 3,750 3.94 $19.91 $41,400
Waste Collection 2,230 1.60 $19.13 $39,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 860 0.09 $20.44 $42,520
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 810 0.15 $17.61 $36,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 23,670 19.84 $19.34 $40,230
Waste Treatment and Disposal 3,750 3.94 $19.91 $41,400
Waste Collection 2,230 1.60 $19.13 $39,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 810 0.15 $17.61 $36,630
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.09 $23.65 $49,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $29.50 $61,360
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $28.81 $59,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $27.75 $57,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $26.74 $55,630
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $26.14 $54,370


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)
California 4,250 0.30 1.04 $20.48 $42,600
New York 3,800 0.46 1.57 $23.20 $48,260
Texas 3,510 0.35 1.20 $17.02 $35,390
Washington 2,070 0.77 2.65 $24.78 $51,540
Ohio 1,680 0.34 1.17 $19.68 $40,940




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)
Alaska 380 1.22 4.19 $28.02 $58,270
Idaho 530 0.89 3.07 $22.67 $47,160
Washington 2,070 0.77 2.65 $24.78 $51,540
Hawaii 340 0.59 2.05 $19.32 $40,180
Colorado 1,140 0.53 1.82 $17.84 $37,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 380 1.22 4.19 $28.02 $58,270
Minnesota 330 0.13 0.44 $25.89 $53,860
Nevada 260 0.23 0.80 $25.46 $52,950
Illinois 590 0.11 0.37 $25.24 $52,500
Washington 2,070 0.77 2.65 $24.78 $51,540

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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.36 1.25 $23.87 $49,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.29 4.44 $21.12 $43,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,190 0.48 1.64 $17.02 $35,400
Denver-Aurora, CO 930 0.79 2.72 $17.95 $37,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 680 0.38 1.30 $22.09 $45,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.47 1.60 $19.66 $40,890
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 640 0.66 2.26 $23.56 $49,000
Baltimore-Towson, MD 580 0.47 1.61 $18.59 $38,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 0.52 $21.00 $43,670
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 570 0.67 2.31 $14.63 $30,440




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)
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 320 5.79 19.95 $17.86 $37,140
Amarillo, TX 210 1.90 6.56 $25.65 $53,350
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 180 1.56 5.35 $22.37 $46,530
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 80 1.48 5.10 (8) (8)
Pascagoula, MS 80 1.42 4.88 $17.25 $35,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.29 4.44 $21.12 $43,930
Rapid City, SD 70 1.15 3.97 $21.77 $45,280
Syracuse, NY 330 1.10 3.78 $19.18 $39,890
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 550 1.04 3.59 $22.09 $45,950
Pittsfield, MA 40 1.04 3.58 $20.20 $42,020




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)
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 70 0.18 0.62 $30.68 $63,810
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $29.84 $62,060
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 520 0.43 1.48 $28.79 $59,870
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.08 0.26 $28.48 $59,240
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $28.10 $58,440
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $27.86 $57,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.15 0.51 $27.47 $57,130
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 200 0.25 0.87 $26.47 $55,050
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $25.83 $53,730
Amarillo, TX 210 1.90 6.56 $25.65 $53,350

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.81 $26.33 $54,770
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.99 10.28 $26.76 $55,650
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.86 2.95 $23.00 $47,850
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.01 3.46 $12.78 $26,570
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 1.93 $13.15 $27,350

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.99 10.28 $26.76 $55,650
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.01 3.46 $12.78 $26,570
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.86 2.95 $23.00 $47,850
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.81 $26.33 $54,770
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 1.93 $13.15 $27,350

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.99 10.28 $26.76 $55,650
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.81 $26.33 $54,770
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.77 $23.12 $48,090
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.86 2.95 $23.00 $47,850
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.76 $17.65 $36,710


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011