Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


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)
42,250 3.7 % $20.54 $42,730 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.43 $14.72 $18.52 $25.32 $32.41
Annual Wage (2) $25,860 $30,620 $38,520 $52,670 $67,420


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 25,790 19.29 $20.43 $42,500
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,700 5.04 $20.73 $43,130
Waste Collection 2,150 1.36 $19.13 $39,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,490 0.25 $19.60 $40,770
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,170 0.17 $17.14 $35,650

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 25,790 19.29 $20.43 $42,500
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,700 5.04 $20.73 $43,130
Waste Collection 2,150 1.36 $19.13 $39,790
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,490 0.25 $19.60 $40,770
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,170 0.17 $17.14 $35,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 50 0.01 $32.15 $66,870
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $30.50 $63,440
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 $29.82 $62,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 550 0.03 $28.74 $59,770
Scientific Research and Development Services 160 0.03 $28.06 $58,370


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 4,550 0.30 0.96 $20.19 $42,000
Texas 4,500 0.40 1.28 $16.74 $34,820
New York 3,630 0.41 1.32 $27.50 $57,190
Ohio 2,560 0.49 1.57 $20.58 $42,800
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.33 1.07 $20.64 $42,940



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)
Alaska 370 1.13 3.62 $29.73 $61,840
Nevada 670 0.56 1.79 $19.44 $40,430
Ohio 2,560 0.49 1.57 $20.58 $42,800
New Mexico 380 0.48 1.54 $26.91 $55,970
New York 3,630 0.41 1.32 $27.50 $57,190



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 370 1.13 3.62 $29.73 $61,840
Idaho 210 0.34 1.07 $28.22 $58,690
New York 3,630 0.41 1.32 $27.50 $57,190
Hawaii 200 0.33 1.05 $27.26 $56,710
New Mexico 380 0.48 1.54 $26.91 $55,970




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 2,160 0.40 1.28 $30.09 $62,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,660 0.58 1.86 $15.52 $32,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.32 1.04 $21.35 $44,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.26 0.84 $20.68 $43,010
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 960 0.95 3.03 $19.87 $41,320
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.85 2.72 $18.99 $39,500
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 810 0.61 1.96 $17.96 $37,360
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 710 0.38 1.22 $21.79 $45,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 630 0.26 0.84 $18.76 $39,010
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 610 0.70 2.23 $19.29 $40,130



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)
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 250 3.09 9.90 $23.58 $49,050
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 180 2.94 9.41 $22.00 $45,750
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 190 1.95 6.24 $27.67 $57,560
Longview, WA 60 1.78 5.70 $21.29 $44,290
Amarillo, TX 180 1.60 5.12 $27.25 $56,680
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.39 4.45 $40.90 $85,070
Anchorage, AK 190 1.07 3.44 $25.58 $53,210
Yuma, AZ 60 1.01 3.23 $15.96 $33,190
Utica-Rome, NY 120 1.00 3.21 $20.69 $43,030
Syracuse, NY 290 0.97 3.09 $21.43 $44,580



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)
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.39 4.45 $40.90 $85,070
Knoxville, TN 230 0.70 2.25 $30.74 $63,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.13 0.42 $30.44 $63,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.40 1.28 $30.09 $62,580
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 150 0.51 1.63 $29.83 $62,050
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 410 0.32 1.04 $27.81 $57,840
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 190 1.95 6.24 $27.67 $57,560
Honolulu, HI 200 0.45 1.44 $27.26 $56,710
Amarillo, TX 180 1.60 5.12 $27.25 $56,680
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.24 0.77 $26.67 $55,470

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.98 9.52 $31.93 $66,410
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 5.39 $31.54 $65,610
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 1.53 $12.08 $25,130
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 7.14 22.83 $34.07 $70,880
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 2.17 $23.49 $48,870

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 7.14 22.83 $34.07 $70,880
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.98 9.52 $31.93 $66,410
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 5.39 $31.54 $65,610
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.86 2.75 $23.02 $47,880
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 2.64 $15.30 $31,820

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 7.14 22.83 $34.07 $70,880
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 150 2.98 9.52 $31.93 $66,410
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.69 5.39 $31.54 $65,610
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 1.52 $25.86 $53,790
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.97 $51,940


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015