Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

53-7031 Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.


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)
1,900 8.2 % $21.94 $45,640 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $15.48 $19.69 $26.91 $34.77
Annual Wage (2) $25,540 $32,200 $40,950 $55,980 $72,330


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 950 1.03 $18.51 $38,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 570 0.54 $26.96 $56,090
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 70 0.02 $17.97 $37,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $26.03 $54,140
State Government (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $20.53 $42,700

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 950 1.03 $18.51 $38,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 570 0.54 $26.96 $56,090
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 70 0.02 $17.97 $37,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $26.03 $54,140
State Government (OES Designation) 40 0.00 $20.53 $42,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 570 0.54 $26.96 $56,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $26.03 $54,140
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $20.53 $42,700
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $19.87 $41,330
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 950 1.03 $18.51 $38,500


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 220 0.02 1.39 $20.05 $41,700
Florida 210 0.03 1.98 $20.16 $41,930
California 170 0.01 0.80 $34.51 $71,780
Ohio 140 0.03 1.85 $19.15 $39,830
New Jersey 130 0.03 2.41 $22.77 $47,360



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)
Nebraska 120 0.13 8.90 $15.55 $32,340
Idaho 60 0.09 6.43 $23.73 $49,350
Louisiana 120 0.07 4.62 $23.27 $48,400
Tennessee 90 0.03 2.36 $18.06 $37,560
Ohio 140 0.03 1.85 $19.15 $39,830



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 170 0.01 0.80 $34.51 $71,780
South Carolina 30 0.02 1.29 $28.80 $59,900
Missouri 60 0.02 1.69 $23.86 $49,630
Idaho 60 0.09 6.43 $23.73 $49,350
Louisiana 120 0.07 4.62 $23.27 $48,400




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)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 25.47 $15.54 $32,320
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 24.33 $16.47 $34,260

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)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 25.47 $15.54 $32,320
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 24.33 $16.47 $34,260

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 24.33 $16.47 $34,260
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 25.47 $15.54 $32,320


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.

(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.


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