Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
46,490 2.9 % $26.23 $54,560 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.10 $18.90 $24.83 $31.76 $39.79
Annual Wage (2) $31,410 $39,310 $51,650 $66,050 $82,760


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 9,180 1.48 $29.59 $61,560
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,320 3.43 $32.90 $68,430
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,290 2.52 $23.99 $49,890
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,180 0.73 $20.05 $41,700
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,170 0.30 $29.08 $60,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,320 3.43 $32.90 $68,430
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 970 2.91 $22.42 $46,640
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,730 2.87 $20.98 $43,650
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,290 2.52 $23.99 $49,890
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,180 1.48 $29.59 $61,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $34.06 $70,840
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,320 3.43 $32.90 $68,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $30.51 $63,460
Oil and Gas Extraction 70 0.04 $29.96 $62,310
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $29.87 $62,140


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 3,620 0.23 0.69 $33.13 $68,910
Louisiana 3,350 1.73 5.12 $23.82 $49,540
Florida 2,340 0.30 0.87 $23.51 $48,890
Pennsylvania 2,210 0.39 1.15 $24.88 $51,750
Ohio 1,860 0.35 1.05 $20.01 $41,630



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 3,350 1.73 5.12 $23.82 $49,540
North Dakota 370 0.82 2.44 $25.33 $52,700
Alabama 1,310 0.69 2.06 $24.20 $50,330
Arkansas 700 0.59 1.76 $22.22 $46,210
Indiana 1,700 0.58 1.71 $28.80 $59,910



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,720 0.19 0.57 $37.92 $78,870
Hawaii 160 0.25 0.75 $36.14 $75,160
Washington 1,300 0.44 1.30 $33.96 $70,630
California 3,620 0.23 0.69 $33.13 $68,910
New Jersey 710 0.18 0.54 $33.09 $68,820




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,020 1.03 3.06 $26.91 $55,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.41 1.22 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.56 1.66 $23.10 $48,050
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 950 0.26 0.79 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 880 1.57 4.66 $24.95 $51,890
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.13 0.39 $45.49 $94,610
Lafayette, LA 760 3.51 10.42 $25.42 $52,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 700 0.37 1.11 $30.16 $62,730
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.71 2.10 $25.80 $53,660
Baton Rouge, LA 630 1.61 4.79 $22.96 $47,760



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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 460 4.70 13.94 $21.97 $45,690
Lafayette, LA 760 3.51 10.42 $25.42 $52,870
Mobile, AL 480 2.82 8.37 $27.78 $57,770
Saginaw, MI 190 2.27 6.73 $26.39 $54,900
Owensboro, KY 100 2.16 6.41 $22.51 $46,820
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 470 1.78 5.27 $36.43 $75,780
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 280 1.72 5.11 $25.96 $53,990
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.70 5.05 $27.83 $57,880
Baton Rouge, LA 630 1.61 4.79 $22.96 $47,760
Bakersfield, CA 470 1.58 4.70 $27.29 $56,760