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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
44,410 2.8 % $27.96 $58,160 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.02 $19.11 $26.03 $34.10 $41.98
Annual Wage (2) $31,250 $39,750 $54,140 $70,940 $87,330


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 9,940 1.45 $33.43 $69,530
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,680 0.26 $20.29 $42,200
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,010 3.25 $27.99 $58,210
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,600 3.16 $23.55 $48,970
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,280 0.28 $33.10 $68,840

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 3,010 3.25 $27.99 $58,210
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,600 3.16 $23.55 $48,970
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 820 2.43 $26.15 $54,380
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,000 1.77 $21.74 $45,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,940 1.45 $33.43 $69,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,710 0.50 $35.66 $74,160
Residential Building Construction 90 0.01 $35.65 $74,150
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,940 1.45 $33.43 $69,530
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $33.34 $69,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,280 0.28 $33.10 $68,840


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)
Texas 5,850 0.48 1.57 $26.68 $55,490
California 3,310 0.19 0.64 $30.70 $63,850
Pennsylvania 3,140 0.54 1.75 $25.05 $52,100
Louisiana 2,890 1.51 4.92 $25.00 $52,010
Florida 2,560 0.30 0.97 $26.64 $55,410




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 2,890 1.51 4.92 $25.00 $52,010
Indiana 2,080 0.68 2.22 $29.90 $62,180
North Dakota 280 0.67 2.17 $30.51 $63,450
Mississippi 660 0.59 1.92 $21.72 $45,180
Pennsylvania 3,140 0.54 1.75 $25.05 $52,100




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 0.19 0.62 $39.86 $82,910
Alaska 50 0.17 0.56 $37.15 $77,270
Massachusetts 600 0.17 0.55 $35.65 $74,160
Washington 1,350 0.41 1.35 $34.75 $72,270
Oregon 810 0.43 1.39 $33.88 $70,460





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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,760 0.38 1.24 $26.56 $55,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,760 0.59 1.92 $26.27 $54,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,440 0.24 0.77 $31.13 $64,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,360 0.14 0.47 (8) (8)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,280 0.45 1.47 $28.43 $59,140
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 970 0.49 1.59 $36.06 $75,010
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 900 1.62 5.28 $24.18 $50,290
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 880 0.34 1.11 $27.10 $56,360
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 860 0.24 0.79 $27.63 $57,470
Baton Rouge, LA 850 2.14 6.98 $24.64 $51,260




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-Thibodaux, LA 290 3.48 11.36 $24.25 $50,450
Corpus Christi, TX 480 2.55 8.30 $32.02 $66,600
Mobile, AL 390 2.26 7.37 $26.57 $55,260
Baton Rouge, LA 850 2.14 6.98 $24.64 $51,260
Owensboro, KY 110 2.01 6.56 $25.90 $53,870
Decatur, AL 90 1.65 5.39 $20.32 $42,270
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 900 1.62 5.28 $24.18 $50,290
Kankakee, IL 60 1.29 4.22 (8) (8)
Evansville, IN-KY 180 1.14 3.73 (8) (8)
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 210 1.14 3.72 $29.52 $61,400