Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-4071 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.


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)
26,250 3.1 % $19.52 $40,590 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.05 $14.48 $18.25 $23.60 $29.45
Annual Wage (2) $25,070 $30,120 $37,950 $49,080 $61,250


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 14,070 9.97 $18.15 $37,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,270 0.13 $21.61 $44,950
Building Equipment Contractors 1,340 0.06 $20.87 $43,410
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,290 0.20 $19.86 $41,320
Utility System Construction 600 0.12 $20.83 $43,330

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 14,070 9.97 $18.15 $37,760
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 240 0.48 $19.29 $40,130
Waste Treatment and Disposal 190 0.20 $17.78 $36,990
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,290 0.20 $19.86 $41,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,270 0.13 $21.61 $44,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $27.24 $56,650
Waste Collection 160 0.09 $23.39 $48,640
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 220 0.03 $21.93 $45,610
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,270 0.13 $21.61 $44,950
Building Equipment Contractors 1,340 0.06 $20.87 $43,410


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 2,270 0.14 0.74 $22.30 $46,390
Texas 1,680 0.14 0.77 $16.88 $35,120
New York 1,620 0.18 0.95 $19.34 $40,230
Pennsylvania 1,450 0.25 1.36 $20.83 $43,330
Florida 1,340 0.16 0.87 $17.50 $36,400




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)
Montana 220 0.47 2.53 $17.49 $36,380
Wyoming 110 0.42 2.26 $19.71 $41,000
Oklahoma 580 0.37 1.99 $15.40 $32,040
Utah 460 0.32 1.76 $20.20 $42,020
North Carolina 1,280 0.30 1.61 $16.11 $33,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 930 0.23 1.26 $26.29 $54,680
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $25.06 $52,130
Illinois 700 0.12 0.64 $23.56 $49,000
Connecticut 410 0.25 1.34 $23.40 $48,670
Nevada 100 0.08 0.41 $22.75 $47,310



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.16 0.84 $20.94 $43,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.28 1.52 $22.63 $47,080
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.44 2.41 $22.39 $46,580
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 440 0.38 2.07 $28.94 $60,200
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.26 1.41 $23.03 $47,900
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.55 $24.53 $51,020
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 330 0.32 1.75 $21.73 $45,200
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 330 0.28 1.51 $16.76 $34,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.11 0.57 $14.99 $31,170
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.26 1.44 $22.17 $46,110


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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)
Asheville, NC 160 0.86 4.67 $17.07 $35,500
Syracuse, NY 210 0.71 3.85 $18.34 $38,150
Bakersfield, CA 220 0.71 3.87 $17.14 $35,650
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 30 0.66 3.58 $24.13 $50,190
Fort Smith, AR-OK 70 0.64 3.50 $12.42 $25,830
Odessa, TX 40 0.63 3.43 $19.51 $40,590
Pueblo, CO 40 0.60 3.28 $18.71 $38,920
Prescott, AZ 40 0.58 3.16 $16.86 $35,070
Killeen-Temple, TX 80 0.57 3.12 $17.27 $35,910
Bellingham, WA 50 0.55 2.99 $21.08 $43,860


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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)
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.03 $74,950
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 0.54 $35.37 $73,570
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 440 0.38 2.07 $28.94 $60,200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $27.31 $56,810
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.24 1.33 $25.61 $53,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.57 $53,190
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.21 1.14 $25.56 $53,160
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $24.84 $51,680
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.76 $51,500
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.55 $24.53 $51,020

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.57 3.10 $18.28 $38,030
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.31 1.67 $20.14 $41,880
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 2.16 $13.50 $28,070
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 1.88 $18.76 $39,020
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 3.48 $16.45 $34,220

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.01 5.50 $19.88 $41,350
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.99 5.37 $17.81 $37,040
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 4.73 $17.09 $35,540
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 3.80 $19.44 $40,430
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 3.48 $16.45 $34,220

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.55 $53,140
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.80 $21.90 $45,540
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.50 $21.64 $45,020
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.97 $21.18 $44,050
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,920


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