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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Excludes "Dredge Operators" (53-7031).


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)
48,320 2.5 % $21.74 $45,230 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.09 $16.10 $19.72 $25.72 $33.31
Annual Wage (2) $27,220 $33,500 $41,030 $53,490 $69,280


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 10,350 1.61 $21.64 $45,020
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,650 8.16 $20.16 $41,930
Utility System Construction 4,820 0.98 $22.23 $46,240
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,860 1.18 $20.82 $43,310
Coal Mining 3,150 5.89 $25.85 $53,770

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 7,650 8.16 $20.16 $41,930
Coal Mining 3,150 5.89 $25.85 $53,770
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,350 1.61 $21.64 $45,020
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,420 1.50 $19.51 $40,570
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,860 1.18 $20.82 $43,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,220 1.10 $30.74 $63,930
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 310 0.08 $26.80 $55,740
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 300 0.04 $26.46 $55,030
Rail Transportation 100 0.05 $25.95 $53,980
Coal Mining 3,150 5.89 $25.85 $53,770


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 7,500 0.64 1.86 $17.34 $36,070
Florida 2,820 0.34 1.00 $18.34 $38,150
California 2,380 0.15 0.43 $30.46 $63,360
Tennessee 1,930 0.67 1.94 $16.99 $35,330
North Carolina 1,560 0.37 1.07 $18.24 $37,940




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)
Wyoming 920 3.33 9.67 $32.89 $68,410
West Virginia 1,090 1.57 4.56 $20.83 $43,340
North Dakota 500 1.17 3.40 $30.23 $62,880
Maine 630 1.05 3.05 $19.34 $40,230
South Dakota 370 0.89 2.58 $18.39 $38,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 920 3.33 9.67 $32.89 $68,410
California 2,380 0.15 0.43 $30.46 $63,360
North Dakota 500 1.17 3.40 $30.23 $62,880
Washington 720 0.24 0.69 $30.18 $62,770
New York 1,540 0.17 0.49 $29.98 $62,360





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,540 0.53 1.53 $17.13 $35,640
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.56 1.64 $15.55 $32,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 880 0.13 0.39 $32.88 $68,380
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 820 0.61 1.77 $24.14 $50,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.32 0.93 $22.74 $47,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 670 0.26 0.77 $18.73 $38,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.32 0.92 $26.84 $55,820
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 560 0.57 1.65 $17.09 $35,540
Austin-Round Rock, TX 520 0.54 1.56 $17.01 $35,380
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 490 0.97 2.83 $22.68 $47,170




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)
Beckley, WV 180 4.15 12.05 $20.74 $43,140
Eau Claire, WI 160 1.94 5.64 $28.05 $58,340
Victoria, TX 80 1.91 5.56 $17.65 $36,720
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 370 1.73 5.01 $25.56 $53,170
New Bedford, MA 110 1.68 4.89 (8) (8)
Fond du Lac, WI 80 1.65 4.80 $24.00 $49,920
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 310 1.45 4.22 $21.04 $43,760
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 60 1.37 3.98 $21.03 $43,740
Charleston, WV 150 1.36 3.95 $22.15 $46,070
Punta Gorda, FL 60 1.35 3.92 $18.89 $39,290