Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Excludes "Dredge Operators" (53-7031).


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)
44,780 3.0 % $20.66 $42,970 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.61 $15.23 $18.70 $24.66 $32.33
Annual Wage (2) $26,240 $31,690 $38,900 $51,280 $67,250


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 8,780 1.59 $20.64 $42,930
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 6,910 7.66 $18.44 $38,350
Coal Mining 4,720 5.90 $22.60 $47,000
Utility System Construction 3,100 0.69 $20.68 $43,020
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,270 0.76 $20.31 $42,250

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 6,910 7.66 $18.44 $38,350
Coal Mining 4,720 5.90 $22.60 $47,000
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,180 2.27 $24.39 $50,730
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 8,780 1.59 $20.64 $42,930
Metal Ore Mining 650 1.43 $24.28 $50,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $38.60 $80,290
Support Activities for Water Transportation 60 0.07 $33.17 $68,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $28.60 $59,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 360 0.09 $26.87 $55,880
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.29 $26.29 $54,680


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 4,850 0.44 1.32 $17.59 $36,590
Florida 1,980 0.27 0.79 $17.73 $36,870
Pennsylvania 1,930 0.34 1.01 $20.31 $42,250
New York 1,670 0.19 0.57 $26.02 $54,110
California 1,460 0.10 0.29 $27.55 $57,300




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)
Wyoming 810 2.92 8.63 $27.45 $57,090
West Virginia 1,430 2.01 5.96 $22.37 $46,520
North Dakota 640 1.50 4.45 $23.81 $49,530
Maine 620 1.07 3.16 $18.17 $37,780
South Dakota 330 0.82 2.43 $15.96 $33,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 710 0.25 0.74 $29.89 $62,180
Massachusetts 1,120 0.34 1.02 $29.45 $61,260
California 1,460 0.10 0.29 $27.55 $57,300
Wyoming 810 2.92 8.63 $27.45 $57,090
South Carolina 1,330 0.73 2.15 $27.24 $56,660





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 1,120 0.41 1.20 $17.65 $36,720
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 880 0.17 0.50 $29.16 $60,660
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.18 0.52 $24.51 $50,970
Baltimore-Towson, MD 610 0.47 1.40 $20.68 $43,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 590 0.25 0.74 $21.51 $44,730
Charleston, WV 520 3.61 10.70 $24.38 $50,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 480 0.27 0.80 $16.91 $35,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 460 0.20 0.59 $16.00 $33,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.25 0.75 $25.92 $53,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.40 1.18 $25.60 $53,240




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)
Charleston, WV 520 3.61 10.70 $24.38 $50,700
Terre Haute, IN 180 2.66 7.87 (8) (8)
Evansville, IN-KY 300 1.75 5.20 $19.44 $40,440
Morgantown, WV 100 1.65 4.87 $19.91 $41,420
Topeka, KS 170 1.53 4.53 $21.80 $45,340
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 410 1.42 4.19 $30.58 $63,610
Tuscaloosa, AL 130 1.40 4.13 $22.60 $47,010
Odessa, TX 90 1.30 3.86 $17.90 $37,240
Bismarck, ND 90 1.30 3.85 $20.26 $42,140
Bend, OR 80 1.25 3.70 $17.17 $35,710




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.38 $77,740
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $32.61 $67,840
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.22 0.64 $31.91 $66,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.76 $66,060
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.15 $31.08 $64,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 410 1.42 4.19 $30.58 $63,610
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.47 $63,380
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $30.11 $62,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.08 0.23 $29.79 $61,960
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.30 0.89 $29.70 $61,780

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)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 480 10.02 29.68 $28.37 $59,020
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 480 3.62 10.73 $22.15 $46,080
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.65 7.85 $17.74 $36,890
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 370 0.95 2.83 $16.88 $35,100
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 1.38 4.08 $17.03 $35,410

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)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 480 10.02 29.68 $28.37 $59,020
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 4.46 13.22 $17.83 $37,090
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 4.16 12.33 $28.91 $60,140
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.05 11.99 $26.20 $54,500
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 480 3.62 10.73 $22.15 $46,080

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 2.02 $30.63 $63,710
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 4.16 12.33 $28.91 $60,140
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 480 10.02 29.68 $28.37 $59,020
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.23 3.63 $26.39 $54,890
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.05 11.99 $26.20 $54,500


About May 2013 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.


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