Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-6011 Bridge and Lock Tenders

Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.


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)
3,460 4.8 % $20.82 $43,300 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.79 $16.13 $22.09 $25.65 $27.56
Annual Wage (2) $24,530 $33,550 $45,940 $53,360 $57,320


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,160 0.06 $24.66 $51,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,050 0.02 $17.39 $36,170
State Government (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $17.87 $37,170
Rail Transportation 420 0.19 $23.91 $49,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 420 0.19 $23.91 $49,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,160 0.06 $24.66 $51,290
State Government (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $17.87 $37,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,050 0.02 $17.39 $36,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,160 0.06 $24.66 $51,290
Rail Transportation 420 0.19 $23.91 $49,730
Support Activities for Water Transportation (8) (8) $20.06 $41,720
State Government (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $17.87 $37,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,050 0.02 $17.39 $36,170


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)
Louisiana 390 0.21 7.86 $16.86 $35,060
Michigan 320 0.08 3.11 $16.98 $35,310
Illinois 260 0.05 1.70 $25.06 $52,120
Florida 250 0.03 1.30 $19.04 $39,600
New Jersey 220 0.06 2.15 $21.05 $43,780




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 390 0.21 7.86 $16.86 $35,060
West Virginia 80 0.11 4.06 $24.20 $50,340
Michigan 320 0.08 3.11 $16.98 $35,310
Wisconsin 170 0.06 2.35 $22.62 $47,040
New Jersey 220 0.06 2.15 $21.05 $43,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 150 0.03 1.00 $25.14 $52,300
Minnesota 120 0.04 1.68 $25.12 $52,240
Illinois 260 0.05 1.70 $25.06 $52,120
Missouri 70 0.03 0.99 $24.98 $51,960
Iowa 60 0.04 1.50 $24.85 $51,690





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 160 0.03 1.13 $18.76 $39,010
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.27 10.12 $17.65 $36,710
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 3.48 $25.16 $52,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.88 $25.27 $52,570
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 2.92 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.70 $24.11 $50,140
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 3.23 $17.02 $35,390
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.23 8.69 $24.35 $50,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.86 $26.79 $55,720
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.10 3.75 $18.70 $38,910




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.27 10.12 $17.65 $36,710
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.23 8.69 $24.35 $50,650
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.10 3.75 $18.70 $38,910
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 3.23 $17.02 $35,390
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 3.48 $25.16 $52,340
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 2.92 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.70 $24.11 $50,140
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 30 0.05 1.88 $17.07 $35,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.03 1.13 $18.76 $39,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.86 $26.79 $55,720




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.86 $26.79 $55,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.88 $25.27 $52,570
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 3.48 $25.16 $52,340
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.23 8.69 $24.35 $50,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.70 $24.11 $50,140
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.03 1.13 $18.76 $39,010
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.10 3.75 $18.70 $38,910
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.27 10.12 $17.65 $36,710
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 30 0.05 1.88 $17.07 $35,510
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 3.23 $17.02 $35,390

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 60 0.42 15.97 $18.20 $37,860
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 11.34 $20.57 $42,780
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 23.28 $27.16 $56,480
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 6.73 $25.42 $52,870
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 9.56 $25.13 $52,280

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)
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 23.28 $27.16 $56,480
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 15.97 $18.20 $37,860
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 12.90 $24.58 $51,120
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 11.34 $20.57 $42,780
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 9.56 $25.13 $52,280

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)
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 23.28 $27.16 $56,480
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 6.73 $25.42 $52,870
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 9.56 $25.13 $52,280
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 12.90 $24.58 $51,120
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 11.34 $20.57 $42,780


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