Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

53-7031 Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.


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)
1,760 23.3 % $22.37 $46,530 3.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.57 $16.45 $20.40 $26.89 $33.90
Annual Wage (2) $28,230 $34,220 $42,420 $55,920 $70,510


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 650 0.69 $19.44 $40,430
Utility System Construction 90 0.02 $19.17 $39,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $29.92 $62,240
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 50 0.02 $17.62 $36,650
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $20.63 $42,910

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 650 0.69 $19.44 $40,430
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 30 0.02 $18.28 $38,020
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 50 0.02 $17.62 $36,650
Utility System Construction 90 0.02 $19.17 $39,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $29.92 $62,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $29.92 $62,240
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $25.95 $53,980
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $20.63 $42,910
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 650 0.69 $19.44 $40,430
Utility System Construction 90 0.02 $19.17 $39,870


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 190 0.01 0.93 $30.65 $63,760
Louisiana 180 0.10 7.68 $20.56 $42,770
Florida 100 0.01 0.99 $24.84 $51,660
Nebraska 100 0.10 8.38 $17.43 $36,250
Indiana 80 0.03 2.18 $21.87 $45,500




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)
Nebraska 100 0.10 8.38 $17.43 $36,250
Louisiana 180 0.10 7.68 $20.56 $42,770
Idaho 50 0.08 6.25 $25.84 $53,750
Indiana 80 0.03 2.18 $21.87 $45,500
Tennessee 70 0.02 1.91 $20.36 $42,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 190 0.01 0.93 $30.65 $63,760
New Jersey 70 0.02 1.45 $29.38 $61,110
Idaho 50 0.08 6.25 $25.84 $53,750
Florida 100 0.01 0.99 $24.84 $51,660
Georgia (8) (8) (8) $24.37 $50,700





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)
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.56 45.08 $25.58 $53,200




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)
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.56 45.08 $25.58 $53,200




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)
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.56 45.08 $25.58 $53,200
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $18.17 $37,780


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 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