Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
42,560 3.6 % $21.22 $44,150 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.58 $15.06 $19.08 $26.45 $33.77
Annual Wage (2) $26,170 $31,330 $39,690 $55,020 $70,230


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 26,810 19.26 $21.13 $43,960
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,390 4.66 $21.19 $44,080
Waste Collection 2,110 1.29 $19.60 $40,760
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,180 0.19 $18.73 $38,950
Employment Services 1,110 0.03 $18.45 $38,380

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 26,810 19.26 $21.13 $43,960
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,390 4.66 $21.19 $44,080
Waste Collection 2,110 1.29 $19.60 $40,760
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,180 0.19 $18.73 $38,950
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $20.50 $42,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $34.83 $72,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 190 0.03 $29.43 $61,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 530 0.03 $29.32 $60,980
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $29.13 $60,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.05 $27.06 $56,280


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 4,650 0.30 0.97 $20.21 $42,040
New York 4,320 0.48 1.56 $28.68 $59,640
Texas 3,790 0.33 1.06 $16.50 $34,320
Ohio 1,830 0.35 1.12 $21.62 $44,980
Illinois 1,760 0.30 0.98 $22.27 $46,330



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)
Idaho 640 1.00 3.24 $31.74 $66,020
Alaska 300 0.90 2.93 $25.17 $52,350
Nevada 750 0.60 1.96 $19.14 $39,810
New York 4,320 0.48 1.56 $28.68 $59,640
New Mexico 370 0.47 1.51 $28.02 $58,270



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 640 1.00 3.24 $31.74 $66,020
New York 4,320 0.48 1.56 $28.68 $59,640
New Mexico 370 0.47 1.51 $28.02 $58,270
Washington 1,150 0.38 1.25 $27.77 $57,760
New Jersey 1,450 0.37 1.20 $25.63 $53,300




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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.34 1.10 $21.39 $44,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.29 0.94 $21.29 $44,290
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.99 3.22 $18.90 $39,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 850 0.29 0.95 $16.12 $33,540
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 850 0.62 2.00 $19.55 $40,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 650 0.27 0.88 $18.33 $38,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 640 0.34 1.11 $24.20 $50,350
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 570 0.59 1.91 $15.34 $31,910
Idaho Falls, ID 560 9.36 30.34 $33.91 $70,540
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 530 0.74 2.38 $21.68 $45,100



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)
Idaho Falls, ID 560 9.36 30.34 $33.91 $70,540
Kennewick-Richland, WA 430 4.15 13.44 $31.69 $65,920
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 200 3.08 9.99 $26.11 $54,310
Portsmouth, NH-ME 170 1.98 6.41 $17.53 $36,460
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 1.76 5.69 $21.54 $44,800
Anchorage, AK 280 1.58 5.13 $25.52 $53,070
Corpus Christi, TX 260 1.39 4.50 $17.64 $36,690
Amarillo, TX 150 1.34 4.35 $28.42 $59,110
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.99 3.22 $18.90 $39,300
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 120 0.95 3.08 $18.56 $38,610



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)
Idaho Falls, ID 560 9.36 30.34 $33.91 $70,540
Kennewick-Richland, WA 430 4.15 13.44 $31.69 $65,920
Knoxville, TN 270 0.73 2.38 $31.63 $65,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.21 0.68 $31.15 $64,780
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.02 $62,440
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 460 0.36 1.16 $29.41 $61,170
Utica-Rome, NY 100 0.86 2.80 $29.13 $60,600
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 450 0.83 2.69 $28.56 $59,410
Amarillo, TX 150 1.34 4.35 $28.42 $59,110
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.72 2.33 $27.86 $57,950

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.36 1.16 $15.70 $32,650
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 1.13 $15.85 $32,970
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 6.28 20.34 $34.99 $72,770
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.55 $23.33 $48,520
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 1.61 $26.82 $55,770

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 90 6.28 20.34 $34.99 $72,770
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 1.29 4.18 $19.70 $40,980
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.24 4.03 $18.84 $39,190
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 1.61 $26.82 $55,770
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.55 $23.33 $48,520

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 90 6.28 20.34 $34.99 $72,770
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 1.61 $26.82 $55,770
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.19 $52,390
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.55 $23.33 $48,520
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.48 $44,670


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016