Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
43,040 2.8 % $24.33 $50,610 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.04 $17.61 $22.73 $29.37 $37.92
Annual Wage (2) $29,200 $36,620 $47,290 $61,080 $78,870


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 7,450 1.38 $28.57 $59,420
Support Activities for Mining 4,220 1.11 $23.60 $49,080
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,080 3.30 $21.06 $43,810
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,710 2.98 $32.51 $67,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,130 0.32 $25.15 $52,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,080 3.30 $21.06 $43,810
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,710 2.98 $32.51 $67,620
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,210 2.07 $23.20 $48,250
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 1,070 1.87 $20.83 $43,320
Inland Water Transportation 390 1.59 $24.47 $50,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,710 2.98 $32.51 $67,620
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $32.18 $66,940
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $32.14 $66,840
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 580 0.58 $29.90 $62,180
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 420 0.09 $29.37 $61,090


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 5,340 0.50 1.53 $22.50 $46,800
Louisiana 4,640 2.48 7.52 $22.42 $46,620
California 2,870 0.20 0.61 $31.82 $66,180
Indiana 2,210 0.79 2.38 $26.85 $55,850
Ohio 1,960 0.39 1.18 $19.33 $40,200




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 4,640 2.48 7.52 $22.42 $46,620
West Virginia 890 1.26 3.81 $16.65 $34,620
Arkansas 950 0.82 2.48 $16.12 $33,530
North Dakota 320 0.79 2.39 $27.23 $56,630
Indiana 2,210 0.79 2.38 $26.85 $55,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 130 0.40 1.22 $34.53 $71,820
Washington 1,450 0.53 1.59 $34.48 $71,710
Nevada 290 0.26 0.79 $34.21 $71,160
Hawaii 110 0.18 0.55 $32.37 $67,320
Illinois 1,160 0.21 0.62 $32.32 $67,220





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,900 1.10 3.32 $22.89 $47,620
Lafayette, LA 1,890 12.47 37.75 $21.97 $45,690
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 910 3.45 10.43 $32.46 $67,510
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.19 0.58 $38.10 $79,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 690 0.39 1.19 $27.42 $57,030
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 670 1.29 3.90 $23.60 $49,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 650 0.46 1.40 $35.67 $74,190
Baton Rouge, LA 640 1.76 5.33 $23.29 $48,440
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 620 0.70 2.11 $24.83 $51,650
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 590 0.82 2.48 $24.55 $51,070




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)
Lafayette, LA 1,890 12.47 37.75 $21.97 $45,690
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 460 4.97 15.04 $22.53 $46,870
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 910 3.45 10.43 $32.46 $67,510
Pascagoula, MS 180 3.34 10.11 $22.21 $46,190
Mansfield, OH 140 2.74 8.28 $20.95 $43,590
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 120 2.66 8.06 $21.58 $44,880
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 280 2.62 7.92 $19.64 $40,840
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 570 2.06 6.24 $28.48 $59,250
Lake Charles, LA 160 1.85 5.61 $22.18 $46,140
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 520 1.79 5.43 $29.70 $61,780




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.10 $48.54 $100,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.25 0.74 $40.86 $84,990
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 700 0.19 0.58 $38.10 $79,260
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $38.07 $79,190
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 0.23 0.70 $37.47 $77,930
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 280 1.08 3.26 $36.88 $76,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.25 $75,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 290 0.06 0.17 $36.16 $75,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 0.22 $36.05 $74,970
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $35.90 $74,680

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 540 4.02 12.17 $22.66 $47,140
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 300 1.91 5.78 $21.89 $45,520
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 280 2.69 8.13 $16.21 $33,720
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 240 1.15 3.47 $17.09 $35,550
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.94 11.93 $27.50 $57,190

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 540 4.02 12.17 $22.66 $47,140
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.94 11.93 $27.50 $57,190
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 280 2.69 8.13 $16.21 $33,720
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 300 1.91 5.78 $21.89 $45,520
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 180 1.68 5.08 $20.81 $43,290

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.74 $37.62 $78,250
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 2.11 $37.20 $77,370
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.77 $31.32 $65,140
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.13 $62,680
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.22 $60,770


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.

(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