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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Industry profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Geographic profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

National estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
44,010 3.1 % $ 23.64 $ 49,170 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.71 $ 17.41 $ 21.77 $ 28.35 $ 36.81
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,590 $ 36,210 $ 45,270 $ 58,970 $ 76,570


Industry profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 27,850 17.58 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
Waste Treatment and Disposal 5,110 5.22 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Waste Collection 2,930 1.56 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,300 0.02 $ 25.36 $ 52,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,010 0.15 $ 22.87 $ 47,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 27,850 17.58 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
Waste Treatment and Disposal 5,110 5.22 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Waste Collection 2,930 1.56 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
Facilities Support Services 280 0.18 $ 18.53 $ 38,540
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,010 0.15 $ 22.87 $ 47,570

Top paying industries for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $ 36.14 $ 75,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $ 31.80 $ 66,150
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 550 0.03 $ 31.70 $ 65,940
Building Finishing Contractors 270 0.03 $ 30.70 $ 63,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 (7) $ 27.61 $ 57,420


Geographic profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,660 0.41 1.28 $ 24.57 $ 51,110
New York 4,340 0.50 1.58 $ 29.42 $ 61,180
Texas 3,650 0.30 0.95 $ 20.76 $ 43,190
Ohio 2,520 0.49 1.55 $ 27.00 $ 56,150
Pennsylvania 1,870 0.34 1.07 $ 24.42 $ 50,780




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 350 1.19 3.77 $ 28.64 $ 59,580
Idaho 560 0.78 2.45 $ 29.59 $ 61,550
Louisiana 1,190 0.66 2.09 $ 20.19 $ 41,990
Kansas 770 0.58 1.82 $ 19.83 $ 41,250
New Mexico 450 0.58 1.82 $ 24.66 $ 51,290




Top paying states for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 320 0.11 0.35 $ 31.09 $ 64,670
Washington 1,410 0.44 1.39 $ 30.35 $ 63,120
Idaho 560 0.78 2.45 $ 29.59 $ 61,550
New York 4,340 0.50 1.58 $ 29.42 $ 61,180
Minnesota 380 0.14 0.44 $ 28.77 $ 59,830





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

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 3,570 0.40 1.28 $ 30.39 $ 63,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,180 0.37 1.18 $ 24.09 $ 50,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,920 0.82 2.60 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,230 0.46 1.44 $ 25.75 $ 53,560
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,120 0.31 0.98 $ 20.41 $ 42,450
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,110 0.86 2.72 $ 21.24 $ 44,190
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 990 0.68 2.15 $ 21.59 $ 44,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 960 0.32 1.02 $ 18.90 $ 39,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 750 0.25 0.79 $ 22.16 $ 46,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 720 0.16 0.52 $ 26.25 $ 54,600




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.29 16.72 $ 33.80 $ 70,300
Lake Charles, LA 250 2.42 7.65 $ 20.60 $ 42,840
Pueblo, CO 110 1.88 5.95 $ 26.69 $ 55,510
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 180 1.19 3.77 $ 19.40 $ 40,350
Anchorage, AK 190 1.15 3.63 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 50 1.15 3.63 $ 18.33 $ 38,130
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 540 1.05 3.33 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 500 1.00 3.17 $ 24.95 $ 51,910
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 100 0.93 2.94 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Utica-Rome, NY 100 0.90 2.83 $ 32.71 $ 68,030




Top paying metropolitan areas for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Knoxville, TN 150 0.40 1.27 $ 38.11 $ 79,260
Salinas, CA 50 0.27 0.86 $ 34.70 $ 72,170
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.29 16.72 $ 33.80 $ 70,300
Utica-Rome, NY 100 0.90 2.83 $ 32.71 $ 68,030
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 31.21 $ 64,910
Decatur, AL 50 0.84 2.66 $ 30.89 $ 64,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,570 0.40 1.28 $ 30.39 $ 63,210
Anchorage, AK 190 1.15 3.63 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 0.48 $ 30.11 $ 62,630
Bakersfield, CA 100 0.32 1.02 $ 29.36 $ 61,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.63 5.15 $ 26.70 $ 55,540
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 1.87 5.91 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.32 1.01 $ 20.31 $ 42,240
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.12 3.54 $ 22.58 $ 46,980
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 1.58 $ 21.36 $ 44,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 1.87 5.91 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.63 5.15 $ 26.70 $ 55,540
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.12 3.54 $ 22.58 $ 46,980
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 2.62 $ 24.84 $ 51,680
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 1.74 $ 24.16 $ 50,240

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 34.82 $ 72,430
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.11 $ 26.99 $ 56,140
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.63 5.15 $ 26.70 $ 55,540
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.74 $ 53,530
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.19 0.62 $ 25.08 $ 52,180


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.

(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 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