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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
46,090 2.4 % $23.40 $48,680 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.22 $17.11 $21.28 $27.31 $35.80
Annual Wage (2) $29,580 $35,580 $44,270 $56,810 $74,460


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 11,410 1.66 $22.95 $47,740
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,630 7.71 $21.90 $45,550
Utility System Construction 4,610 0.87 $25.58 $53,210
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,520 1.03 $21.04 $43,760
Coal Mining 2,400 4.74 $26.80 $55,750

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 7,630 7.71 $21.90 $45,550
Coal Mining 2,400 4.74 $26.80 $55,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,410 1.66 $22.95 $47,740
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,370 1.17 $29.42 $61,200
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,520 1.03 $21.04 $43,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 860 0.11 $33.39 $69,450
Support Activities for Water Transportation 60 0.07 $31.88 $66,320
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 400 0.10 $30.31 $63,040
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,370 1.17 $29.42 $61,200
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 210 0.02 $27.81 $57,850


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 6,510 0.54 1.69 $18.99 $39,500
California 2,660 0.16 0.49 $31.50 $65,510
Florida 2,460 0.29 0.90 $19.10 $39,720
New York 2,210 0.24 0.74 $34.81 $72,400
Virginia 1,820 0.48 1.49 $20.54 $42,710




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 570 2.12 6.67 $34.49 $71,730
West Virginia 1,170 1.68 5.26 $23.82 $49,550
Maine 760 1.25 3.92 $20.71 $43,070
North Dakota 390 0.95 2.98 $29.95 $62,300
South Dakota 380 0.90 2.81 $19.34 $40,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.55 1.73 $35.28 $73,380
New York 2,210 0.24 0.74 $34.81 $72,400
Wyoming 570 2.12 6.67 $34.49 $71,730
New Jersey 950 0.24 0.74 $34.47 $71,690
California 2,660 0.16 0.49 $31.50 $65,510





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 2,040 0.21 0.68 $38.04 $79,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,590 0.44 1.40 $20.06 $41,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,510 0.51 1.59 $18.67 $38,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,330 0.42 1.33 $23.15 $48,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,170 0.44 1.37 $18.59 $38,660
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 970 0.71 2.21 $25.06 $52,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.11 0.33 $30.22 $62,860
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 650 0.25 0.78 $19.01 $39,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 540 0.26 0.83 $24.63 $51,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 540 0.20 0.62 $31.75 $66,030




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 110 2.57 8.07 $23.63 $49,150
Bangor, ME 120 1.88 5.90 $22.75 $47,330
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.63 5.13 $17.56 $36,530
Punta Gorda, FL 70 1.47 4.61 $18.38 $38,230
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.37 4.31 $25.61 $53,260
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 160 1.30 4.09 $21.12 $43,920
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 160 1.23 3.86 $32.60 $67,800
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.23 3.87 $26.07 $54,230
Winchester, VA-WV 70 1.17 3.69 $19.96 $41,510
Rapid City, SD 80 1.17 3.67 $17.29 $35,970