Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
1,740 8.2 % $20.73 $43,120 4.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $13.71 $17.87 $24.93 $34.47
Annual Wage (2) $23,440 $28,520 $37,170 $51,860 $71,700


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 950 1.03 $16.88 $35,110
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 440 0.44 $27.43 $57,060
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $18.94 $39,400
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $24.28 $50,510
Utility System Construction 50 0.01 $18.06 $37,570

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 950 1.03 $16.88 $35,110
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 440 0.44 $27.43 $57,060
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $18.94 $39,400
Utility System Construction 50 0.01 $18.06 $37,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $24.28 $50,510

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 440 0.44 $27.43 $57,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $24.28 $50,510
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $19.41 $40,380
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $18.94 $39,400
Utility System Construction 50 0.01 $18.06 $37,570


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 260 0.02 1.82 $16.58 $34,480
Nebraska 200 0.21 16.04 $12.75 $26,530
Florida 180 0.02 1.84 $19.35 $40,240
California 150 0.01 0.78 $33.92 $70,550
Ohio 130 0.03 1.93 $19.23 $40,000




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 200 0.21 16.04 $12.75 $26,530
Louisiana 80 0.04 3.14 $20.57 $42,790
Ohio 130 0.03 1.93 $19.23 $40,000
Texas 260 0.02 1.82 $16.58 $34,480
Tennessee 60 0.02 1.61 $17.06 $35,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 150 0.01 0.78 $33.92 $70,550
Missouri 40 0.01 1.07 $26.44 $55,000
Georgia 40 0.01 0.73 $25.54 $53,130
New Jersey 80 0.02 1.56 $23.41 $48,690
New York 30 0.00 0.27 $20.75 $43,170





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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 3.35 $18.32 $38,100
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.09 6.50 $17.45 $36,300




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.09 6.50 $17.45 $36,300
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 3.35 $18.32 $38,100




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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 3.35 $18.32 $38,100
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $17.51 $36,430
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.09 6.50 $17.45 $36,300

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 60 0.60 44.71 $16.12 $33,540

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 60 0.60 44.71 $16.12 $33,540

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 60 0.60 44.71 $16.12 $33,540


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.

(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 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