Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-7031 Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.


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)
1,720 9.3 % $17.59 $36,580 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.58 $12.70 $16.20 $20.41 $27.83
Annual Wage (2) $22,010 $26,420 $33,690 $42,460 $57,880


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,050 1.16 $16.45 $34,210
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.33 $20.59 $42,830
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $20.40 $42,440
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $19.36 $40,280
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 40 0.01 $18.30 $38,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,050 1.16 $16.45 $34,210
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.33 $20.59 $42,830
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 40 0.01 $18.30 $38,070
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $19.36 $40,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 0.00 $20.40 $42,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.33 $20.59 $42,830
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $20.40 $42,440
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $19.36 $40,280
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 40 0.01 $18.30 $38,070
Coal Mining (8) (8) $18.19 $37,820


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)
Missouri 240 0.09 6.89 $15.87 $33,000
Texas 200 0.02 1.48 $16.99 $35,340
Nebraska 160 0.18 12.96 $14.83 $30,860
Ohio 130 0.03 1.93 $18.21 $37,880
Florida 110 0.02 1.11 $17.03 $35,410




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)
Nebraska 160 0.18 12.96 $14.83 $30,860
Missouri 240 0.09 6.89 $15.87 $33,000
Iowa 80 0.06 4.22 $16.58 $34,480
Louisiana 80 0.04 3.18 $16.59 $34,510
Alabama 70 0.04 3.04 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 50 0.00 0.22 $34.09 $70,900
Oregon 40 0.02 1.78 $33.07 $68,790
New York 40 0.00 0.30 $20.39 $42,420
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.81 $19.61 $40,790
Ohio 130 0.03 1.93 $18.21 $37,880

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)
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.16 11.70 $14.84 $30,860
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 3.78 $17.01 $35,390
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.21 15.40 $16.41 $34,140




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)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.21 15.40 $16.41 $34,140
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.16 11.70 $14.84 $30,860
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 3.78 $17.01 $35,390




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)
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $24.28 $50,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.09 $39,700
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 3.78 $17.01 $35,390
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.21 15.40 $16.41 $34,140
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.16 11.70 $14.84 $30,860

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 37.68 $17.07 $35,510

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 37.68 $17.07 $35,510

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 37.68 $17.07 $35,510
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.36 $27,780


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

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011