Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
40,290 3.5 % $20.30 $42,220 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.27 $14.52 $18.23 $25.35 $32.01
Annual Wage (2) $25,520 $30,200 $37,930 $52,730 $66,580


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 24,560 19.22 $20.11 $41,830
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,700 4.89 $20.32 $42,260
Waste Collection 1,900 1.25 $19.79 $41,160
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,290 0.23 $20.58 $42,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,180 0.02 $21.17 $44,030

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 24,560 19.22 $20.11 $41,830
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,700 4.89 $20.32 $42,260
Waste Collection 1,900 1.25 $19.79 $41,160
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,290 0.23 $20.58 $42,810
Facilities Support Services 190 0.15 $21.43 $44,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 580 0.03 $28.29 $58,830
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $27.93 $58,090
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $27.85 $57,920
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $27.62 $57,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $27.57 $57,350


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 4,880 0.33 1.09 $19.79 $41,170
New York 3,950 0.46 1.50 $25.83 $53,720
Texas 3,590 0.33 1.08 $16.12 $33,540
Pennsylvania 1,970 0.35 1.15 $21.09 $43,870
Ohio 1,850 0.36 1.19 $18.28 $38,020




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 370 1.14 3.76 $30.10 $62,610
Hawaii 330 0.55 1.83 $23.78 $49,470
New Mexico 420 0.53 1.76 $29.18 $60,690
Washington 1,440 0.51 1.67 $25.26 $52,530
New York 3,950 0.46 1.50 $25.83 $53,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 370 1.14 3.76 $30.10 $62,610
New Mexico 420 0.53 1.76 $29.18 $60,690
Minnesota 460 0.17 0.57 $27.03 $56,230
New Jersey 950 0.25 0.82 $26.07 $54,230
New York 3,950 0.46 1.50 $25.83 $53,720





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 1,760 0.34 1.10 $31.00 $64,480
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,450 0.52 1.72 $14.72 $30,630
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.16 3.80 $18.97 $39,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.28 0.91 $22.37 $46,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.25 0.83 $22.31 $46,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 830 0.45 1.48 $21.74 $45,220
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 770 0.76 2.50 $19.30 $40,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 660 0.51 1.68 $17.99 $37,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 660 0.28 0.94 $17.88 $37,180
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 660 0.37 1.23 $18.67 $38,830




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)
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 210 3.38 11.12 $18.91 $39,320
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 310 3.13 10.30 $27.16 $56,490
Longview, WA 100 2.85 9.36 $22.48 $46,760
Amarillo, TX 160 1.41 4.65 $28.01 $58,260
Odessa, TX 100 1.38 4.54 $16.29 $33,890
Anchorage, AK 220 1.24 4.09 $27.48 $57,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.16 3.80 $18.97 $39,450
Syracuse, NY 340 1.14 3.75 $20.43 $42,500
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.08 3.55 $18.13 $37,710
Knoxville, TN 350 1.07 3.52 $25.80 $53,650




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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.34 1.10 $31.00 $64,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 500 0.34 1.13 $29.97 $62,340
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.28 0.92 $28.30 $58,860
Amarillo, TX 160 1.41 4.65 $28.01 $58,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.19 0.62 $27.53 $57,260
Anchorage, AK 220 1.24 4.09 $27.48 $57,160
Albuquerque, NM 170 0.46 1.53 $27.46 $57,110
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 310 3.13 10.30 $27.16 $56,490
Salinas, CA 40 0.25 0.81 $26.96 $56,080
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 490 0.40 1.30 $25.86 $53,780

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.63 11.94 $29.10 $60,520
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.64 8.68 $25.57 $53,190
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 10.11 33.27 $33.25 $69,170
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.59 1.94 $12.40 $25,780
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.20 3.95 $20.70 $43,060

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 10.11 33.27 $33.25 $69,170
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.63 11.94 $29.10 $60,520
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.64 8.68 $25.57 $53,190
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 130 1.36 4.47 $21.42 $44,560
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.20 3.95 $20.70 $43,060

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 10.11 33.27 $33.25 $69,170
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.63 11.94 $29.10 $60,520
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.64 8.68 $25.57 $53,190
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 1.36 $23.49 $48,850
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 1.82 $22.81 $47,440


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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014