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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
1,190 17.2 % $22.84 $47,500 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.79 $17.61 $21.76 $26.49 $31.75
Annual Wage (2) $30,760 $36,630 $45,260 $55,100 $66,040


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 470 0.48 $21.10 $43,890
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 430 0.37 $24.04 $49,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $21.21 $44,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $24.85 $51,690

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 470 0.48 $21.10 $43,890
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 430 0.37 $24.04 $49,990
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $24.85 $51,690
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $21.21 $44,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $24.85 $51,690
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 430 0.37 $24.04 $49,990
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $21.21 $44,120
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 470 0.48 $21.10 $43,890
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $18.19 $37,840


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 110 0.01 0.79 $29.94 $62,270
Nebraska 90 0.09 10.89 $16.54 $34,410
Missouri 80 0.03 3.52 $22.96 $47,750
Florida 60 0.01 0.79 $22.14 $46,050
Ohio 60 0.01 1.24 $20.00 $41,610




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 90 0.09 10.89 $16.54 $34,410
Oklahoma 50 0.03 3.84 $19.37 $40,300
Missouri 80 0.03 3.52 $22.96 $47,750
Louisiana 50 0.03 3.29 $22.44 $46,670
Iowa 30 0.02 2.67 $20.48 $42,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 110 0.01 0.79 $29.94 $62,270
South Carolina (8) (8) (8) $25.87 $53,800
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $23.81 $49,510
Missouri 80 0.03 3.52 $22.96 $47,750
Louisiana 50 0.03 3.29 $22.44 $46,670





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)
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 5.89 $20.24 $42,110
Tulsa, OK 40 0.08 10.03 $20.44 $42,520
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.02 2.82 $22.20 $46,180




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)
Tulsa, OK 40 0.08 10.03 $20.44 $42,520
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 5.89 $20.24 $42,110
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.02 2.82 $22.20 $46,180




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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.02 2.82 $22.20 $46,180
Tulsa, OK 40 0.08 10.03 $20.44 $42,520
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 5.89 $20.24 $42,110

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 24.04 $15.13 $31,480

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 24.04 $15.13 $31,480

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 24.04 $15.13 $31,480


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019