Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
3,510 3.2 % $22.44 $46,680 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.22 $17.11 $23.60 $26.96 $29.68
Annual Wage (2) $25,420 $35,590 $49,090 $56,070 $61,740


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) 1,140 0.06 $25.49 $53,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 900 0.02 $20.24 $42,100
State Government (OES Designation) 740 0.03 $20.29 $42,210
Rail Transportation 330 0.15 $25.11 $52,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 330 0.15 $25.11 $52,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,140 0.06 $25.49 $53,030
State Government (OES Designation) 740 0.03 $20.29 $42,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 900 0.02 $20.24 $42,100

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) 1,140 0.06 $25.49 $53,030
Rail Transportation 330 0.15 $25.11 $52,230
State Government (OES Designation) 740 0.03 $20.29 $42,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 900 0.02 $20.24 $42,100


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 560 0.29 11.75 $16.49 $34,310
New York 340 0.04 1.48 $20.02 $41,650
Illinois 320 0.05 2.18 $29.63 $61,630
New Jersey 240 0.06 2.43 $24.76 $51,490
Wisconsin 210 0.07 2.93 $22.82 $47,470




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 560 0.29 11.75 $16.49 $34,310
West Virginia 70 0.10 3.90 $24.79 $51,570
Wisconsin 210 0.07 2.93 $22.82 $47,470
New Jersey 240 0.06 2.43 $24.76 $51,490
Mississippi 60 0.06 2.23 $21.23 $44,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 320 0.05 2.18 $29.63 $61,630
Minnesota 70 0.03 1.05 $28.24 $58,750
Iowa 50 0.03 1.33 $26.11 $54,320
Texas 60 0.01 0.22 $25.96 $54,010
Tennessee 60 0.02 0.90 $25.86 $53,800





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 210 0.03 1.30 $22.16 $46,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.37 $33.08 $68,800
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 120 1.28 51.27 $12.72 $26,450
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 3.85 $24.89 $51,760
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 100 0.10 3.86 $26.83 $55,800
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.18 7.18 $15.09 $31,390
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.24 9.60 $20.11 $41,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.58 $25.26 $52,540
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.36 54.56 $27.25 $56,670
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 11.17 $26.21 $54,520




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)
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.36 54.56 $27.25 $56,670
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 120 1.28 51.27 $12.72 $26,450
Lake Charles, LA 40 0.35 14.07 $17.86 $37,160
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 11.17 $26.21 $54,520
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.24 9.60 $20.11 $41,830
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.18 7.18 $15.09 $31,390
Lafayette, LA 30 0.15 5.94 $19.87 $41,320
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 3.85 $24.89 $51,760
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 100 0.10 3.86 $26.83 $55,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.58 $25.26 $52,540




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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 1.37 $33.08 $68,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.03 1.01 $30.02 $62,440
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.36 54.56 $27.25 $56,670
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 100 0.10 3.86 $26.83 $55,800
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.28 11.17 $26.21 $54,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.58 $25.26 $52,540
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 3.85 $24.89 $51,760
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.11 $24.37 $50,690
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 1.30 $22.16 $46,100
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.24 9.60 $20.11 $41,830

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)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 40.12 $21.45 $44,610
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 15.42 $27.74 $57,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 13.44 $22.91 $47,660
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 10.12 $26.59 $55,310
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 6.81 $26.81 $55,760

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 70 1.00 40.12 $21.45 $44,610
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 15.42 $27.74 $57,700
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 15.03 $25.84 $53,750
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 13.44 $22.91 $47,660
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 10.12 $26.59 $55,310

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)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 15.42 $27.74 $57,700
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 6.81 $26.81 $55,760
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 10.12 $26.59 $55,310
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 15.03 $25.84 $53,750
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 13.44 $22.91 $47,660


About May 2016 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.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017