Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-7021 Crane and Tower Operators

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions. Excludes "Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators" (53-7032).


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)
43,660 2.8 % $26.78 $55,690 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.86 $18.67 $25.10 $32.77 $40.53
Annual Wage (2) $30,910 $38,840 $52,200 $68,160 $84,290


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 8,650 1.32 $31.59 $65,700
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,490 0.26 $19.88 $41,340
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,850 3.14 $27.41 $57,000
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,390 2.96 $23.96 $49,830
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,380 0.30 $30.31 $63,050

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 Rail Transportation 1,030 3.19 $24.00 $49,920
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,850 3.14 $27.41 $57,000
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,390 2.96 $23.96 $49,830
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,110 2.04 $20.19 $42,000
Inland Water Transportation 400 1.55 $24.13 $50,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,560 0.46 $33.10 $68,850
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $32.33 $67,250
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 8,650 1.32 $31.59 $65,700
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,380 0.30 $30.31 $63,050
Residential Building Construction 100 0.01 $30.02 $62,450


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 6,880 0.58 1.89 $26.73 $55,600
California 3,270 0.20 0.64 $28.19 $58,630
Pennsylvania 3,020 0.52 1.71 $26.28 $54,670
Louisiana 3,010 1.58 5.17 $24.41 $50,770
Florida 2,390 0.28 0.93 $24.04 $50,000




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 3,010 1.58 5.17 $24.41 $50,770
North Dakota 290 0.70 2.29 $29.55 $61,450
Indiana 1,950 0.65 2.11 $26.33 $54,770
Texas 6,880 0.58 1.89 $26.73 $55,600
Iowa 860 0.56 1.84 $26.45 $55,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,220 0.13 0.43 $49.77 $103,530
New Hampshire 90 0.13 0.43 $43.45 $90,380
Alaska 60 0.19 0.62 $38.45 $79,980
Hawaii 150 0.24 0.79 $37.60 $78,200
New Jersey 710 0.18 0.58 $34.76 $72,300



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,900 0.65 2.12 $27.92 $58,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.31 1.01 $25.85 $53,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.42 1.38 $24.73 $51,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,000 1.81 5.90 $24.73 $51,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.22 0.73 $27.98 $58,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 920 1.02 3.32 $28.27 $58,800
Baton Rouge, LA 870 2.23 7.28 $24.59 $51,150
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 830 0.12 0.41 $53.91 $112,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 820 0.82 2.69 $24.40 $50,740
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 760 2.82 9.22 $24.97 $51,940


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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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 330 3.88 12.67 $22.77 $47,360
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 760 2.82 9.22 $24.97 $51,940
Baton Rouge, LA 870 2.23 7.28 $24.59 $51,150
Corpus Christi, TX 370 1.97 6.45 $28.34 $58,950
Mobile, AL 330 1.93 6.31 $26.54 $55,200
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,000 1.81 5.90 $24.73 $51,430
Owensboro, KY 80 1.58 5.16 $23.38 $48,630
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 50 1.44 4.72 $23.59 $49,080
Kankakee, IL 60 1.44 4.71 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 90 1.29 4.21 $24.32 $50,580


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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 830 0.12 0.41 $53.91 $112,130
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.66 $88,730
Urban Honolulu, HI 110 0.23 0.76 $39.74 $82,650
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.15 0.47 $39.09 $81,300
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 130 0.23 0.75 $36.95 $76,850
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 280 0.24 0.79 $36.07 $75,020
Lubbock, TX (8) (8) (8) $34.80 $72,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 700 0.43 1.39 $34.53 $71,830
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.20 0.67 $34.53 $71,810
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 270 0.28 0.90 $33.44 $69,550

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.54 5.04 $28.31 $58,880
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 250 1.07 3.50 $16.25 $33,800
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 220 0.96 3.14 $22.22 $46,220
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.64 2.10 $21.71 $45,150
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 170 0.51 1.68 $21.95 $45,650

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.17 7.08 $30.98 $64,450
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 290 1.54 5.04 $28.31 $58,880
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.42 4.64 $20.89 $43,450
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.29 4.22 $16.01 $33,300
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 250 1.07 3.50 $16.25 $33,800

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.93 $32.70 $68,020
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.31 $65,130
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.17 7.08 $30.98 $64,450
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 1.52 $30.98 $64,440
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.50 $63,450


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