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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
3,170 3.4 % $22.91 $47,660 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.78 $17.41 $24.19 $27.85 $30.59
Annual Wage (2) $24,490 $36,210 $50,320 $57,920 $63,620


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 $26.64 $55,420
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $19.67 $40,920
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $20.30 $42,230
Rail Transportation 210 0.09 $26.56 $55,250
Support Activities for Road Transportation 160 0.16 $18.78 $39,060

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 Road Transportation 160 0.16 $18.78 $39,060
Rail Transportation 210 0.09 $26.56 $55,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,130 0.06 $26.64 $55,420
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $20.30 $42,230
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $19.67 $40,920

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 $26.64 $55,420
Rail Transportation 210 0.09 $26.56 $55,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $20.30 $42,230
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $19.67 $40,920
Support Activities for Road Transportation 160 0.16 $18.78 $39,060


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 480 0.25 11.34 $16.55 $34,420
Illinois 300 0.05 2.31 $30.20 $62,830
New York 290 0.03 1.41 $23.20 $48,250
Florida 180 0.02 0.96 $16.39 $34,090
Wisconsin 140 0.05 2.29 $23.99 $49,890




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 480 0.25 11.34 $16.55 $34,420
West Virginia 60 0.09 3.93 $26.29 $54,680
Mississippi 70 0.06 2.77 $20.71 $43,070
Wisconsin 140 0.05 2.29 $23.99 $49,890
South Carolina 110 0.05 2.44 $22.39 $46,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 300 0.05 2.31 $30.20 $62,830
Minnesota 70 0.03 1.15 $28.78 $59,860
Missouri 40 0.01 0.67 $26.91 $55,960
Iowa 60 0.04 1.86 $26.55 $55,230
West Virginia 60 0.09 3.93 $26.29 $54,680





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 170 0.02 0.83 $23.26 $48,390
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.23 10.63 $16.96 $35,280
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 120 1.39 63.24 $12.86 $26,750
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.54 $25.97 $54,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.12 $33.07 $68,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 90 0.03 1.59 $16.50 $34,330
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.12 5.65 $17.65 $36,710
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.22 9.99 $26.90 $55,950
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.17 $29.89 $62,170
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.30 13.78 $17.85 $37,130




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 63.24 $12.86 $26,750
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.30 13.78 $17.85 $37,130
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.23 10.63 $16.96 $35,280
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.22 9.99 $26.90 $55,950
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.12 5.65 $17.65 $36,710
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.54 $25.97 $54,020
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.17 $29.89 $62,170
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 90 0.03 1.59 $16.50 $34,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 0.83 $23.26 $48,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.12 $33.07 $68,790




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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 110 0.02 1.12 $33.07 $68,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 1.17 $29.89 $62,170
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $27.53 $57,250
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.22 9.99 $26.90 $55,950
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.54 $25.97 $54,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 0.83 $23.26 $48,390
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.30 13.78 $17.85 $37,130
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.12 5.65 $17.65 $36,710
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.23 10.63 $16.96 $35,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 90 0.03 1.59 $16.50 $34,330

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 0.33 15.04 $25.29 $52,610
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 14.33 $28.40 $59,070
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 29.20 $22.68 $47,170
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 10.29 $27.28 $56,740
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 7.05 $28.48 $59,240

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 40 0.64 29.20 $22.68 $47,170
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 15.04 $25.29 $52,610
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 14.33 $28.40 $59,070
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 10.29 $27.28 $56,740
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 7.05 $28.48 $59,240

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 7.05 $28.48 $59,240
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 14.33 $28.40 $59,070
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 10.29 $27.28 $56,740
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 15.04 $25.29 $52,610
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 29.20 $22.68 $47,170


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019