Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-7021 Crane and Tower Operators

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Excludes "Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators" (53-7032).


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)
39,510 2.8 % $24.03 $49,980 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.75 $16.99 $22.23 $29.57 $37.77
Annual Wage (2) $28,600 $35,340 $46,230 $61,510 $78,550


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)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 6,450 1.20 $28.43 $59,130
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,170 3.58 $26.72 $55,570
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,710 3.22 $21.15 $44,000
Support Activities for Mining 2,450 0.92 $24.23 $50,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,870 0.28 $25.53 $53,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,170 3.58 $26.72 $55,570
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,710 3.22 $21.15 $44,000
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 450 2.13 $21.13 $43,940
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 960 1.83 (8) (8)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 780 1.48 $20.77 $43,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $34.25 $71,240
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 320 0.07 $31.22 $64,930
Building Finishing Contractors 40 0.01 $29.40 $61,150
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 6,450 1.20 $28.43 $59,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $28.00 $58,240


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 4,690 0.47 1.50 $23.38 $48,630
California 3,260 0.23 0.75 $32.69 $68,000
Louisiana 2,740 1.50 4.81 $20.53 $42,710
Florida 2,610 0.37 1.18 $19.90 $41,390
Ohio 1,980 0.40 1.30 $20.48 $42,600




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)
Louisiana 2,740 1.50 4.81 $20.53 $42,710
West Virginia 580 0.84 2.71 $15.65 $32,550
Mississippi 870 0.81 2.61 $18.31 $38,080
Alabama 1,170 0.65 2.08 $20.17 $41,950
Indiana 1,660 0.61 1.96 $25.75 $53,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $36.61 $76,150
Nevada 230 0.21 0.67 $35.99 $74,870
New York 870 0.10 0.34 $33.79 $70,280
Washington 1,470 0.55 1.75 $33.67 $70,040
Hawaii 130 0.23 0.74 $33.09 $68,830

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 2,940 1.18 3.79 $24.59 $51,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.29 0.92 (8) (8)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 720 2.78 8.93 $30.25 $62,920
Lafayette, LA 710 4.98 16.02 $20.36 $42,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.52 1.69 $35.75 $74,360
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 680 0.19 0.62 $31.34 $65,190
Jacksonville, FL 680 1.20 3.86 $19.62 $40,820
Pittsburgh, PA 570 0.52 1.67 $29.44 $61,240
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 520 0.73 2.34 $23.29 $48,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.23 0.73 $25.37 $52,780




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)
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 250 5.96 19.18 $30.42 $63,280
Pascagoula, MS 310 5.51 17.72 $19.27 $40,080
Lafayette, LA 710 4.98 16.02 $20.36 $42,350
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 320 3.55 11.43 $24.32 $50,590
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 300 2.80 9.02 $17.39 $36,160
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 720 2.78 8.93 $30.25 $62,920
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 200 2.44 7.84 $28.41 $59,090
Mansfield, OH 100 2.03 6.54 $18.66 $38,820
Lake Charles, LA 170 1.92 6.16 $20.19 $42,000
Anniston-Oxford, AL 80 1.87 6.03 $18.41 $38,300




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 410 0.08 0.26 $43.55 $90,590
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.17 $40.34 $83,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.25 0.80 $39.12 $81,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.52 1.69 $35.75 $74,360
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.91 2.93 $35.70 $74,250
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.21 $35.69 $74,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.25 $73,310
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $34.93 $72,660
Honolulu, HI 110 0.27 0.86 $33.17 $68,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 0.73 $32.82 $68,260

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 460 3.45 11.09 $21.46 $44,640
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 160 0.78 2.50 $17.54 $36,480
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.45 4.65 $17.26 $35,900
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.76 2.44 $23.38 $48,620
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 0.67 2.15 $22.27 $46,320

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 460 3.45 11.09 $21.46 $44,640
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.43 7.81 $23.66 $49,200
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.45 4.65 $17.26 $35,900
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.01 3.25 $24.44 $50,830
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.99 3.18 $18.98 $39,470

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.52 $75,970
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.07 $34.80 $72,380
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.65 $55,430
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.74 $26.49 $55,090
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.73 $51,430


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.

(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