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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
44,240 3.1 % $22.95 $47,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.99 $16.86 $21.11 $27.82 $35.89
Annual Wage (2) $29,100 $35,070 $43,900 $57,860 $74,650


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)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 26,590 16.74 $22.92 $47,670
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,980 4.98 $23.27 $48,390
Waste Collection 3,110 1.67 $21.13 $43,960
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,370 0.19 $23.21 $48,270
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,330 0.02 $24.97 $51,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 26,590 16.74 $22.92 $47,670
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,980 4.98 $23.27 $48,390
Waste Collection 3,110 1.67 $21.13 $43,960
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 140 0.26 $19.91 $41,410
Facilities Support Services 360 0.22 $17.38 $36,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 30 0.01 $36.61 $76,150
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $35.63 $74,120
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 180 0.05 $31.58 $65,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 550 0.03 $30.59 $63,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 230 0.02 $28.69 $59,670


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)
California 6,240 0.36 1.19 $24.14 $50,210
New York 4,780 0.50 1.67 $29.95 $62,300
Texas 3,720 0.30 0.99 $19.01 $39,530
Ohio 2,280 0.42 1.39 $23.80 $49,500
Pennsylvania 2,130 0.36 1.20 $23.74 $49,370




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)
Alaska 310 0.99 3.29 $28.44 $59,160
New Mexico 650 0.79 2.63 $25.79 $53,640
Idaho 480 0.66 2.20 $29.84 $62,060
Louisiana 1,200 0.62 2.07 $19.95 $41,490
Kansas 750 0.54 1.79 $18.15 $37,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,780 0.50 1.67 $29.95 $62,300
Idaho 480 0.66 2.20 $29.84 $62,060
Washington 1,240 0.37 1.24 $29.79 $61,970
Tennessee 370 0.12 0.40 $29.48 $61,320
Alaska 310 0.99 3.29 $28.44 $59,160





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,160 0.43 1.43 $30.30 $63,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,080 0.33 1.11 $23.46 $48,800
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,700 0.69 2.28 $23.45 $48,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,100 0.38 1.27 $26.20 $54,490
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,060 0.29 0.96 $19.15 $39,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,010 0.33 1.10 $18.19 $37,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,000 0.66 2.19 $20.44 $42,510
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 870 0.63 2.10 $20.09 $41,780
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 750 0.60 2.01 $13.01 $27,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 730 0.23 0.76 $21.32 $44,340




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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.07 16.85 $31.69 $65,910
Pueblo, CO 220 3.60 11.94 $29.26 $60,870
Longview, TX 160 1.70 5.63 $16.23 $33,760
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 560 1.02 3.39 $28.59 $59,460
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 440 0.79 2.63 $19.13 $39,780
Mobile, AL 140 0.78 2.58 $21.25 $44,200
Wichita, KS 220 0.73 2.42 $15.67 $32,590
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 40 0.72 2.38 $15.75 $32,750
Decatur, AL 40 0.72 2.40 $30.78 $64,020
Anchorage, AK 130 0.72 2.40 $26.04 $54,160




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)
Knoxville, TN 180 0.48 1.59 $35.80 $74,470
Barnstable Town, MA 50 0.46 1.54 $35.30 $73,420
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.07 16.85 $31.69 $65,910
Decatur, AL 40 0.72 2.40 $30.78 $64,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,160 0.43 1.43 $30.30 $63,030
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 390 0.19 0.64 $29.97 $62,330
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $29.79 $61,950
Bakersfield, CA 80 0.26 0.86 $29.70 $61,780
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.39 $61,140
Pueblo, CO 220 3.60 11.94 $29.26 $60,870

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 570 3.60 11.97 $31.51 $65,550
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.69 2.29 $19.17 $39,880
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 1.17 $16.04 $33,360
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $24.83 $51,640
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.06 $25.60 $53,250

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 570 3.60 11.97 $31.51 $65,550
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $24.83 $51,640
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.69 2.29 $19.17 $39,880
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 1.17 $16.04 $33,360
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.06 $25.60 $53,250

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 570 3.60 11.97 $31.51 $65,550
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.08 $62,570
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.43 $59,130
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.06 $25.60 $53,250
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $24.83 $51,640


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020