Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-4071 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.


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)
24,020 3.1 % $17.29 $35,970 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $12.83 $16.36 $20.92 $26.34
Annual Wage (2) $21,270 $26,690 $34,020 $43,520 $54,790


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 13,540 10.73 $16.56 $34,440
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,320 0.12 $19.10 $39,740
Building Equipment Contractors 1,080 0.07 $16.31 $33,930
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,030 0.19 $16.82 $34,990
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 840 0.05 $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 13,540 10.73 $16.56 $34,440
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 160 0.33 $14.71 $30,590
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,030 0.19 $16.82 $34,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,320 0.12 $19.10 $39,740
Utility System Construction 450 0.11 $17.67 $36,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $19.51 $40,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,320 0.12 $19.10 $39,740
Utility System Construction 450 0.11 $17.67 $36,750
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 840 0.05 $17.61 $36,630
Waste Collection 140 0.09 $17.21 $35,800


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 1,780 0.12 0.68 $19.34 $40,230
Florida 1,640 0.23 1.22 $14.42 $30,000
Illinois 1,370 0.24 1.32 $22.24 $46,260
Pennsylvania 1,260 0.23 1.23 $17.64 $36,700
Michigan 1,110 0.28 1.53 $16.82 $34,980




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)
Wyoming 190 0.67 3.62 $16.46 $34,230
Montana 260 0.59 3.21 $13.80 $28,710
Maine 230 0.40 2.16 $13.64 $28,380
South Dakota 150 0.37 2.00 $13.73 $28,550
Wisconsin 740 0.28 1.49 $17.51 $36,420




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) $27.76 $57,730
Connecticut 230 0.14 0.76 $22.63 $47,070
New Jersey 720 0.19 1.03 $22.28 $46,340
Illinois 1,370 0.24 1.32 $22.24 $46,260
Oregon 400 0.25 1.35 $22.13 $46,030





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 920 0.25 1.38 $23.14 $48,120
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 510 0.28 1.51 $19.09 $39,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.09 0.46 $24.54 $51,040
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.34 1.84 $19.73 $41,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.10 0.54 $17.14 $35,640
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.32 1.72 $19.28 $40,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.21 1.16 $20.84 $43,340
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 320 0.26 1.41 $18.71 $38,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 320 0.19 1.01 $19.62 $40,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.68 $16.48 $34,280




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)
Lake Charles, LA 170 1.97 10.66 $12.78 $26,580
Bay City, MI 60 1.69 9.15 $20.77 $43,190
Casper, WY 50 1.26 6.82 $17.35 $36,080
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.98 5.31 $24.30 $50,540
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 80 0.91 4.93 $17.07 $35,500
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.90 4.87 $20.82 $43,310
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 170 0.89 4.85 $14.55 $30,260
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.85 4.64 $20.48 $42,590
Fort Smith, AR-OK 90 0.82 4.47 $13.49 $28,070
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 240 0.71 3.88 $16.50 $34,330




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 0.76 $28.42 $59,110
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.21 1.14 $26.95 $56,060
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.18 $26.69 $55,510
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $25.80 $53,670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.48 $25.29 $52,600
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO (8) (8) (8) $24.78 $51,540
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 150 0.13 0.68 $24.57 $51,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.09 0.46 $24.54 $51,040
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.98 5.31 $24.30 $50,540
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.40 $23.97 $49,860

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 5.78 $12.83 $26,690
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 2.74 $17.04 $35,440
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 1.99 $15.74 $32,730
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 3.33 $14.21 $29,560
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.38 7.46 $12.86 $26,750

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)
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.38 7.46 $12.86 $26,750
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 1.29 6.99 $13.06 $27,160
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 6.08 $17.56 $36,510
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 5.78 $12.83 $26,690
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.04 5.63 $14.11 $29,360

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)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 2.04 $23.09 $48,020
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.93 $43,530
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.96 $19.46 $40,470
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.19 $19.20 $39,930
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 3.45 $19.03 $39,590


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013