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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
3,240 3.6 % $22.73 $47,280 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.14 $17.83 $24.15 $27.45 $30.01
Annual Wage (2) $25,250 $37,090 $50,240 $57,090 $62,420


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,130 0.06 $26.12 $54,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 750 0.01 $19.56 $40,680
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $20.41 $42,450
Rail Transportation 260 0.11 $25.57 $53,190
Facilities Support Services 100 0.06 $18.18 $37,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 260 0.11 $25.57 $53,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,130 0.06 $26.12 $54,320
Facilities Support Services 100 0.06 $18.18 $37,810
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $20.41 $42,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 750 0.01 $19.56 $40,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,130 0.06 $26.12 $54,320
Rail Transportation 260 0.11 $25.57 $53,190
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $20.41 $42,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 750 0.01 $19.56 $40,680
Facilities Support Services 100 0.06 $18.18 $37,810


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)
Louisiana 460 0.24 10.71 $16.37 $34,050
New York 340 0.04 1.61 $20.71 $43,080
Illinois 320 0.05 2.40 $29.91 $62,220
Wisconsin 180 0.06 2.80 $23.09 $48,030
Florida 160 0.02 0.82 (8) (8)




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 460 0.24 10.71 $16.37 $34,050
West Virginia 60 0.09 4.02 $25.62 $53,280
Wisconsin 180 0.06 2.80 $23.09 $48,030
South Carolina 120 0.06 2.58 $21.63 $45,000
Mississippi 70 0.06 2.69 $20.87 $43,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 320 0.05 2.40 $29.91 $62,220
Minnesota 70 0.02 1.06 $28.65 $59,590
Massachusetts 90 0.02 1.10 $27.43 $57,050
Washington 70 0.02 1.02 $26.54 $55,200
Missouri 40 0.01 0.62 $26.18 $54,450



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.00 $21.77 $45,270
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $33.60 $69,890
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 4.62 $25.26 $52,540
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 120 1.39 61.03 $12.68 $26,370
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.19 8.14 $15.40 $32,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.55 $26.08 $54,250
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.21 9.45 $26.57 $55,270
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.09 4.04 $19.43 $40,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.13 $30.71 $63,870
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.16 $24.97 $51,930


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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 120 1.39 61.03 $12.68 $26,370
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.27 11.79 $19.89 $41,360
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.21 9.45 $26.57 $55,270
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.19 8.14 $15.40 $32,030
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 4.62 $25.26 $52,540
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.09 4.04 $19.43 $40,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.55 $26.08 $54,250
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.13 $30.71 $63,870
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.16 $24.97 $51,930
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $33.60 $69,890


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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.45 $33.60 $69,890
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.13 $30.71 $63,870
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $26.94 $56,030
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.21 9.45 $26.57 $55,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.55 $26.08 $54,250
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 4.62 $25.26 $52,540
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.16 $24.97 $51,930
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 1.00 $21.77 $45,270
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.27 11.79 $19.89 $41,360
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.09 4.04 $19.43 $40,420

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 15.89 $23.05 $47,950
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 34.39 $22.70 $47,220
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 15.81 $28.31 $58,880
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 10.62 $26.30 $54,710
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 7.23 $27.75 $57,710

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)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 34.39 $22.70 $47,220
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 15.81 $28.31 $58,880
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 15.89 $23.05 $47,950
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 15.77 $26.38 $54,870
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 11.24 $24.23 $50,400

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)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 15.81 $28.31 $58,880
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 7.23 $27.75 $57,710
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 15.77 $26.38 $54,870
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 10.62 $26.30 $54,710
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 11.24 $24.23 $50,400


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018