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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Bridge and Lock Tenders
Industry profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders
Geographic profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders

National estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,040 5.0 % $ 21.52 $ 44,760 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.18 $ 13.80 $ 21.82 $ 28.49 $ 30.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,400 $ 28,690 $ 45,390 $ 59,250 $ 64,330


Industry profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Bridge and Lock Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,150 0.05 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 660 0.01 $ 21.53 $ 44,770
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 620 0.03 $ 20.14 $ 41,890
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 60 0.05 $ 25.74 $ 53,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 60 0.05 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,150 0.05 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 620 0.03 $ 20.14 $ 41,890
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 660 0.01 $ 21.53 $ 44,770

Top paying industries for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation (8) (8) $ 28.70 $ 59,690
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,150 0.05 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 60 0.05 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 660 0.01 $ 21.53 $ 44,770
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 620 0.03 $ 20.14 $ 41,890


Geographic profile for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Bridge and Lock Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of bridge and lock tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 1,180 0.14 4.79 $ 15.21 $ 31,640
Louisiana 430 0.24 8.34 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Massachusetts 290 0.09 3.02 (8) (8)
Illinois 290 0.05 1.78 $ 29.91 $ 62,220
New York 220 0.02 0.87 $ 21.79 $ 45,310


Map of location quotient of bridge and lock tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 430 0.24 8.34 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Florida 1,180 0.14 4.79 $ 15.21 $ 31,640
West Virginia 70 0.11 3.76 $ 27.87 $ 57,960
Massachusetts 290 0.09 3.02 (8) (8)
Mississippi 70 0.06 2.11 $ 22.88 $ 47,590


Map of annual mean wages of bridge and lock tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 60 0.02 0.65 $ 32.39 $ 67,370
Minnesota 70 0.03 0.94 $ 30.41 $ 63,250
Illinois 290 0.05 1.78 $ 29.91 $ 62,220
Michigan 50 0.01 0.39 $ 29.28 $ 60,900
Missouri 40 0.02 0.54 $ 29.17 $ 60,660



Map of employment of bridge and lock tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 570 0.23 8.10 $ 15.27 $ 31,770
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.09 2.99 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.56 $ 24.25 $ 50,440
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.65 57.47 $ 14.54 $ 30,250
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 120 0.03 0.96 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.18 6.44 $ 19.07 $ 39,660
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.00 $ 32.48 $ 67,560
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 9.76 $ 28.16 $ 58,580
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 40 0.06 2.17 $ 17.47 $ 36,330
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.11 3.99 $ 19.38 $ 40,300


Map of location quotient of bridge and lock tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.65 57.47 $ 14.54 $ 30,250
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.40 13.90 $ 18.98 $ 39,480
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 9.76 $ 28.16 $ 58,580
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 570 0.23 8.10 $ 15.27 $ 31,770
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.18 6.44 $ 19.07 $ 39,660
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.11 3.99 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.09 2.99 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 40 0.06 2.17 $ 17.47 $ 36,330
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 1.16 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.00 $ 32.48 $ 67,560


Map of annual mean wages of bridge and lock tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 1.00 $ 32.48 $ 67,560
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 120 0.03 0.96 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.96 $ 29.88 $ 62,140
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 9.76 $ 28.16 $ 58,580
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 1.16 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.47 $ 24.93 $ 51,840
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.56 $ 24.25 $ 50,440
Baton Rouge, LA 40 0.11 3.99 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.18 6.44 $ 19.07 $ 39,660
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.40 13.90 $ 18.98 $ 39,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 23.36 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 6.29 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 9.67 $ 30.52 $ 63,490
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 7.71 $ 29.52 $ 61,410
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 10.75 $ 28.95 $ 60,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 23.36 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 10.75 $ 28.95 $ 60,210
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 9.67 $ 30.52 $ 63,490
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 7.71 $ 29.52 $ 61,410
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 6.29 $ 29.93 $ 62,250

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Bridge and Lock Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 9.67 $ 30.52 $ 63,490
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 6.29 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 7.71 $ 29.52 $ 61,410
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 10.75 $ 28.95 $ 60,210
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 23.36 $ 19.00 $ 39,520


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022