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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
45,450 2.3 % $22.49 $46,780 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.64 $16.57 $20.43 $26.47 $34.55
Annual Wage (2) $28,360 $34,470 $42,500 $55,070 $71,860


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 10,580 1.61 $22.55 $46,910
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,120 7.50 $20.97 $43,630
Utility System Construction 4,320 0.85 $23.25 $48,360
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,560 1.05 $20.21 $42,030
Coal Mining 3,040 6.12 $25.40 $52,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,120 7.50 $20.97 $43,630
Coal Mining 3,040 6.12 $25.40 $52,840
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,580 1.61 $22.55 $46,910
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,020 1.07 $20.74 $43,130
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,560 1.05 $20.21 $42,030

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 1,060 0.96 $31.11 $64,710
Support Activities for Water Transportation 80 0.09 $29.89 $62,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 420 0.11 $28.11 $58,470
Support Activities for Road Transportation 60 0.06 $27.68 $57,570
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $27.02 $56,210


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 6,390 0.54 1.69 $18.52 $38,510
Florida 2,630 0.31 0.98 $18.86 $39,230
California 2,290 0.14 0.43 $32.24 $67,060
Tennessee 2,000 0.69 2.16 $17.89 $37,210
New York 1,850 0.20 0.63 $29.86 $62,110




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 820 3.05 9.56 $33.20 $69,060
West Virginia 1,000 1.45 4.55 $19.86 $41,310
Maine 750 1.24 3.90 $20.31 $42,250
Vermont 320 1.06 3.31 $19.47 $40,500
North Dakota 420 1.00 3.14 $31.35 $65,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 160 0.51 1.61 $34.44 $71,640
Wyoming 820 3.05 9.56 $33.20 $69,060
California 2,290 0.14 0.43 $32.24 $67,060
North Dakota 420 1.00 3.14 $31.35 $65,210
Washington 600 0.19 0.59 $30.48 $63,400



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,250 0.43 1.33 $18.13 $37,710
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,050 0.77 2.42 $24.37 $50,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.41 1.27 $22.14 $46,060
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.13 0.42 $34.62 $72,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.36 1.12 $18.67 $38,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 740 0.28 0.89 $19.51 $40,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 700 0.35 1.11 $23.73 $49,360
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 600 0.60 1.89 $19.45 $40,460
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 530 1.06 3.32 $23.32 $48,510
Austin-Round Rock, TX 510 0.52 1.62 $18.02 $37,490


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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)
Beckley, WV 180 4.16 13.06 $19.41 $40,360
Wheeling, WV-OH 120 2.03 6.35 $19.69 $40,960
Bangor, ME 100 1.60 5.03 $22.14 $46,050
Victoria, TX 60 1.57 4.92 $15.78 $32,810
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 320 1.51 4.73 $21.33 $44,370
California-Lexington Park, MD 70 1.46 4.58 $19.37 $40,290
Charleston, WV 150 1.32 4.14 $22.08 $45,920
Punta Gorda, FL 60 1.27 3.99 $18.24 $37,940
Morgantown, WV 80 1.23 3.87 $21.08 $43,850
Longview, TX 100 1.13 3.53 $18.48 $38,430


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.14 $43.91 $91,330
New Haven, CT 70 0.24 0.76 $39.22 $81,570
Modesto, CA 70 0.41 1.28 $38.95 $81,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.24 $38.93 $80,970
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.12 0.38 $35.18 $73,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.13 0.42 $34.62 $72,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 0.35 $34.61 $71,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 240 0.17 0.53 $34.41 $71,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.13 0.42 $34.04 $70,810
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.33 1.03 $33.48 $69,640

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)
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 530 11.54 36.19 $33.78 $70,260
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 510 1.88 5.88 $20.15 $41,910
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.64 5.13 $18.65 $38,800
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 3.40 10.66 $16.74 $34,820
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.12 3.52 $18.27 $38,000

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 530 11.54 36.19 $33.78 $70,260
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 3.55 11.13 $21.60 $44,940
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 3.40 10.66 $16.74 $34,820
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.12 9.79 $32.66 $67,920
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 3.12 9.80 $31.94 $66,440

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.87 $80,840
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.38 4.32 $35.59 $74,020
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 530 11.54 36.19 $33.78 $70,260
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.11 $68,870
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.12 9.79 $32.66 $67,920


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