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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Bridge and Lock Tenders
Industry profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders
Geographic profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders

National estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,080 2.7 % $ 23.85 $ 49,610 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.73 $ 18.76 $ 25.16 $ 29.08 $ 31.16
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,570 $ 39,020 $ 52,340 $ 60,490 $ 64,810


Industry profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Bridge and Lock Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,140 0.05 $ 27.93 $ 58,090
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 780 0.01 $ 21.22 $ 44,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 640 0.03 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Rail Transportation 200 0.09 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Support Activities for Road Transportation 80 0.08 $ 14.99 $ 31,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 200 0.09 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Support Activities for Road Transportation 80 0.08 $ 14.99 $ 31,190
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,140 0.05 $ 27.93 $ 58,090
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 640 0.03 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 780 0.01 $ 21.22 $ 44,140

Top paying industries for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,140 0.05 $ 27.93 $ 58,090
Rail Transportation 200 0.09 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $ 25.64 $ 53,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 780 0.01 $ 21.22 $ 44,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 640 0.03 $ 19.79 $ 41,170


Geographic profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Bridge and Lock Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 510 0.28 12.72 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
New York 270 0.03 1.42 $ 22.41 $ 46,610
Illinois 270 0.05 2.14 $ 29.45 $ 61,260
Florida 200 0.02 1.06 $ 19.20 $ 39,940
Texas 180 0.01 0.67 $ 23.85 $ 49,610




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 510 0.28 12.72 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
West Virginia 60 0.10 4.45 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Mississippi 70 0.06 2.79 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Arkansas 60 0.05 2.47 $ 24.24 $ 50,410
Illinois 270 0.05 2.14 $ 29.45 $ 61,260




Top paying states for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 80 0.03 1.37 $ 29.84 $ 62,060
Illinois 270 0.05 2.14 $ 29.45 $ 61,260
Alabama 50 0.03 1.14 $ 29.17 $ 60,680
Missouri 40 0.01 0.67 $ 28.47 $ 59,230
Iowa 60 0.04 1.74 $ 28.38 $ 59,040





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.92 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 140 1.68 76.14 $ 13.83 $ 28,760
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 120 0.23 10.55 $ 19.36 $ 40,280
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 5.08 $ 27.57 $ 57,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.13 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.18 8.00 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 3.15 (8) (8)
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.26 11.97 $ 27.83 $ 57,900
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.22 $ 30.44 $ 63,320
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.31 14.21 $ 19.36 $ 40,260




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 140 1.68 76.14 $ 13.83 $ 28,760
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.31 14.21 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.26 11.97 $ 27.83 $ 57,900
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 120 0.23 10.55 $ 19.36 $ 40,280
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.18 8.00 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 5.08 $ 27.57 $ 57,340
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 50 0.07 3.15 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.22 $ 30.44 $ 63,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.13 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.92 $ 24.83 $ 51,650




Top paying metropolitan areas for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.22 $ 30.44 $ 63,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.13 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.26 11.97 $ 27.83 $ 57,900
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 5.08 $ 27.57 $ 57,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 24.95 $ 51,890
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 180 0.02 0.92 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.18 8.00 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 120 0.23 10.55 $ 19.36 $ 40,280
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.31 14.21 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 140 1.68 76.14 $ 13.83 $ 28,760

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 16.67 $ 22.38 $ 46,540
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 13.58 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 7.87 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 9.11 $ 29.03 $ 60,380
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 13.27 $ 28.24 $ 58,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 16.67 $ 22.38 $ 46,540
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 13.58 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 13.27 $ 28.24 $ 58,740
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 9.11 $ 29.03 $ 60,380
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 7.87 $ 29.34 $ 61,030

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 13.58 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 7.87 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 9.11 $ 29.03 $ 60,380
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 13.27 $ 28.24 $ 58,740
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 16.67 $ 22.38 $ 46,540


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021