Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


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)
37,440 2.8 % $20.03 $41,660 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.02 $14.30 $18.07 $24.95 $32.08
Annual Wage (2) $25,000 $29,750 $37,590 $51,900 $66,730


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 23,090 18.28 $20.01 $41,610
Waste Treatment and Disposal 3,680 3.80 $18.90 $39,320
Waste Collection 2,240 1.51 $18.79 $39,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,150 0.21 $21.83 $45,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.16 $17.01 $35,380

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 23,090 18.28 $20.01 $41,610
Waste Treatment and Disposal 3,680 3.80 $18.90 $39,320
Waste Collection 2,240 1.51 $18.79 $39,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,150 0.21 $21.83 $45,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.16 $17.01 $35,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 180 0.05 $28.52 $59,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 590 0.03 $27.96 $58,160
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $27.28 $56,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 240 0.04 $26.63 $55,400
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 $24.48 $50,920


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 4,110 0.29 1.00 $20.65 $42,940
New York 3,880 0.45 1.58 $24.96 $51,920
Texas 3,390 0.32 1.11 $16.29 $33,880
Ohio 1,970 0.39 1.35 $20.10 $41,800
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.30 1.06 $19.69 $40,960




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)
Alaska 300 0.93 3.25 $29.72 $61,820
Idaho 410 0.68 2.36 $20.17 $41,950
Hawaii 380 0.65 2.27 $23.03 $47,900
Washington 1,270 0.46 1.60 $24.81 $51,610
New York 3,880 0.45 1.58 $24.96 $51,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 0.93 3.25 $29.72 $61,820
New Mexico 350 0.45 1.58 $28.12 $58,490
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $27.31 $56,800
Minnesota 450 0.17 0.59 $26.93 $56,020
New York 3,880 0.45 1.58 $24.96 $51,920





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.34 1.20 $28.15 $58,550
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,310 0.50 1.73 $14.61 $30,390
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 930 0.93 3.24 $22.88 $47,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 910 0.25 0.87 $23.35 $48,560
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.80 2.77 $19.91 $41,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.19 0.68 $22.67 $47,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 640 0.28 0.99 $17.39 $36,180
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 580 0.47 1.63 $17.50 $36,410
Knoxville, TN 580 1.76 6.14 $25.59 $53,220
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 550 0.45 1.56 $27.26 $56,700




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 290 2.96 10.30 $27.05 $56,260
Knoxville, TN 580 1.76 6.14 $25.59 $53,220
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 190 1.60 5.57 $21.78 $45,300
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 1.54 5.37 $18.32 $38,110
Syracuse, NY 430 1.44 5.01 $19.67 $40,910
Decatur, AL 70 1.32 4.58 $19.92 $41,430
Amarillo, TX 140 1.29 4.47 $27.96 $58,170
Odessa, TX 80 1.15 4.01 $15.88 $33,020
Anchorage, AK 190 1.12 3.91 $27.67 $57,550
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.08 3.76 $39.63 $82,420




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)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.08 3.76 $39.63 $82,420
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.34 1.20 $28.15 $58,550
Amarillo, TX 140 1.29 4.47 $27.96 $58,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.32 1.11 $27.85 $57,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.19 0.65 $27.68 $57,580
Anchorage, AK 190 1.12 3.91 $27.67 $57,550
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 550 0.45 1.56 $27.26 $56,700
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 290 2.96 10.30 $27.05 $56,260
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.39 1.35 $26.75 $55,640
Knoxville, TN 580 1.76 6.14 $25.59 $53,220

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 3.78 $20.47 $42,590
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 2.81 $19.48 $40,510
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 1.70 $11.79 $24,520
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 2.57 $23.39 $48,660
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.44 1.54 $19.77 $41,120

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 6.89 $28.08 $58,410
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.33 4.64 $22.44 $46,680
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 3.78 $20.47 $42,590
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.03 3.59 $22.26 $46,300
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.81 2.81 $19.48 $40,510

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.98 6.89 $28.08 $58,410
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.66 $23.88 $49,660
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 2.57 $23.39 $48,660
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.33 4.64 $22.44 $46,680
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.03 3.59 $22.26 $46,300


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013