Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
44,540 2.8 % $25.75 $53,550 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.67 $18.70 $24.39 $31.16 $39.16
Annual Wage (2) $30,520 $38,890 $50,720 $64,810 $81,450


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 8,990 1.53 $29.33 $61,010
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,040 3.20 $33.24 $69,140
Support Activities for Mining 2,610 0.62 $26.66 $55,450
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,470 2.72 $22.58 $46,960
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,130 0.71 $19.30 $40,140

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 3,040 3.20 $33.24 $69,140
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,630 2.74 $22.82 $47,460
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,470 2.72 $22.58 $46,960
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 770 2.53 $22.89 $47,610
Inland Water Transportation 510 1.90 $23.12 $48,090

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 3,040 3.20 $33.24 $69,140
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $33.21 $69,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 160 0.04 $30.02 $62,440
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $29.90 $62,180
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $29.55 $61,460


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 6,340 0.56 1.71 $24.95 $51,900
Louisiana 4,360 2.27 6.90 $23.39 $48,650
California 3,660 0.24 0.74 $33.72 $70,140
Florida 2,150 0.28 0.85 $23.21 $48,270
Pennsylvania 2,010 0.36 1.08 $24.46 $50,870



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 4,360 2.27 6.90 $23.39 $48,650
North Dakota 420 0.96 2.93 $26.39 $54,890
Arkansas 970 0.83 2.53 $19.82 $41,220
Alabama 1,310 0.70 2.14 $22.98 $47,800
West Virginia 480 0.67 2.04 $17.65 $36,720



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 130 0.21 0.63 $35.67 $74,200
Washington 1,310 0.45 1.37 $34.81 $72,400
Montana 130 0.28 0.86 $34.31 $71,360
New York 1,410 0.16 0.48 $34.22 $71,190
California 3,660 0.24 0.74 $33.72 $70,140




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 2,760 0.97 2.95 $26.20 $54,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.46 1.40 $36.56 $76,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 790 0.21 0.64 $33.52 $69,730
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 780 1.45 4.40 $23.27 $48,400
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 730 1.00 3.04 $26.26 $54,620
Baton Rouge, LA 690 1.79 5.44 $22.64 $47,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.37 1.12 $29.83 $62,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.42 1.26 $34.44 $71,640
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 530 1.81 5.48 $28.75 $59,790
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 510 5.17 15.68 $20.79 $43,240



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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 510 5.17 15.68 $20.79 $43,240
Mobile, AL 500 2.94 8.91 $26.61 $55,350
Pascagoula, MS 150 2.82 8.57 (8) (8)
Lake Charles, LA 240 2.73 8.29 $25.36 $52,750
Pueblo, CO 150 2.71 8.23 $23.08 $48,010
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.88 5.69 $23.37 $48,620
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 530 1.81 5.48 $28.75 $59,790
Owensboro, KY 80 1.79 5.44 $20.20 $42,020
Baton Rouge, LA 690 1.79 5.44 $22.64 $47,080
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 460 1.72 5.23 $35.41 $73,650



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 460 0.08 0.26 $43.47 $90,420
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.35 1.07 $38.60 $80,300
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.94 2.85 $38.37 $79,800
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.60 1.81 $37.87 $78,760
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 100 0.08 0.25 $37.42 $77,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,870 0.46 1.40 $36.56 $76,050
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.15 $35.63 $74,120
Honolulu, HI 100 0.23 0.70 $35.63 $74,100
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 460 1.72 5.23 $35.41 $73,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $35.22 $73,260

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 Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 350 3.48 10.55 $18.64 $38,770
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 1.31 3.96 $20.56 $42,750
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 2.78 8.44 $29.62 $61,610
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 220 1.04 3.17 $18.68 $38,850
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.61 1.86 $22.41 $46,610

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 Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 350 3.48 10.55 $18.64 $38,770
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 2.78 8.44 $29.62 $61,610
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 1.31 3.96 $20.56 $42,750
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 1.29 3.92 $27.93 $58,090
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 220 1.04 3.17 $18.68 $38,850

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)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.84 2.56 $37.71 $78,440
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.85 $76,650
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.86 2.60 $32.21 $67,010
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.89 $66,330
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.62 $65,770


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015