Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

53-7021 Crane and Tower Operators

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Excludes "Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators" (53-7032).


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)
41,580 2.7 % $24.82 $51,620 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.02 $17.99 $23.38 $30.41 $38.15
Annual Wage (2) $29,170 $37,410 $48,630 $63,260 $79,360


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)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 7,130 1.29 $29.24 $60,820
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,250 3.52 $32.83 $68,290
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,750 3.01 $21.29 $44,280
Support Activities for Mining 2,480 0.62 $25.90 $53,870
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,060 0.68 $18.17 $37,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,250 3.52 $32.83 $68,290
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,750 3.01 $21.29 $44,280
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,310 2.24 $24.81 $51,610
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 570 2.06 $21.71 $45,160
Inland Water Transportation 530 2.00 $23.17 $48,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,250 3.52 $32.83 $68,290
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $32.81 $68,240
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $32.63 $67,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 370 0.07 $31.33 $65,170
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 130 0.03 $30.15 $62,700


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 5,130 0.47 1.50 $23.12 $48,090
Louisiana 3,980 2.11 6.73 $24.17 $50,270
California 3,140 0.21 0.68 $32.60 $67,810
Indiana 1,990 0.70 2.22 $27.55 $57,290
Ohio 1,680 0.33 1.04 $19.61 $40,790




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 3,980 2.11 6.73 $24.17 $50,270
West Virginia 820 1.15 3.67 $15.26 $31,730
Arkansas 1,190 1.03 3.28 $18.02 $37,480
North Dakota 360 0.85 2.71 $26.05 $54,190
Indiana 1,990 0.70 2.22 $27.55 $57,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 120 0.20 0.64 $35.57 $73,980
Nevada 280 0.24 0.77 $35.40 $73,640
Washington 1,500 0.53 1.69 $34.79 $72,360
Montana 120 0.28 0.89 $34.73 $72,230
Alaska 150 0.45 1.44 $32.68 $67,980





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,420 0.88 2.80 $23.92 $49,750
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 780 2.91 9.28 $33.95 $70,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 740 0.41 1.32 $27.51 $57,220
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 720 1.37 4.36 $24.81 $51,600
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 720 0.99 3.15 $25.14 $52,290
Baton Rouge, LA 710 1.93 6.16 $23.69 $49,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.49 1.55 $36.04 $74,970
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.18 0.56 $38.06 $79,160
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 550 1.90 6.07 $26.96 $56,080
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 540 5.54 17.67 $21.65 $45,020




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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 540 5.54 17.67 $21.65 $45,020
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 780 2.91 9.28 $33.95 $70,620
Mobile, AL 480 2.86 9.11 $23.48 $48,850
Pascagoula, MS 150 2.85 9.09 (8) (8)
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 100 2.45 7.82 $22.88 $47,580
Pueblo, CO 130 2.35 7.50 $22.22 $46,220
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 220 2.01 6.39 $19.95 $41,510
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 310 2.01 6.41 $22.65 $47,120
Baton Rouge, LA 710 1.93 6.16 $23.69 $49,270
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 550 1.90 6.07 $26.96 $56,080




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)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.28 0.89 $40.05 $83,310
Longview, WA 60 1.82 5.80 $39.91 $83,000
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $39.14 $81,410
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 170 0.21 0.66 $39.01 $81,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.18 0.56 $38.06 $79,160
Billings, MT 30 0.39 1.25 $36.52 $75,960
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.47 $75,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.04 0.14 $36.45 $75,820
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.51 1.64 $36.45 $75,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 710 0.49 1.55 $36.04 $74,970

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 560 4.15 13.24 $23.09 $48,020
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 480 4.72 15.06 $18.28 $38,020
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.45 7.83 $14.88 $30,940
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 240 1.12 3.56 $17.19 $35,760
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 230 1.02 3.25 $23.32 $48,510

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)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 480 4.72 15.06 $18.28 $38,020
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 560 4.15 13.24 $23.09 $48,020
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 2.94 9.39 $28.55 $59,390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.45 7.83 $14.88 $30,940
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 1.71 5.47 $20.72 $43,090

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)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.12 3.57 $37.96 $78,960
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 2.02 $34.61 $71,990
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.36 $69,390
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.86 $64,190
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.48 $63,400


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014