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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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.


National estimates for Crane and Tower Operators
Industry profile for Crane and Tower Operators
Geographic profile for Crane and Tower Operators

National estimates for Crane and Tower Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Crane and Tower Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,400 3.7 % $ 31.38 $ 65,270 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Crane and Tower Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.02 $ 23.15 $ 29.92 $ 37.47 $ 47.35
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,490 $ 48,140 $ 62,240 $ 77,930 $ 98,490


Industry profile for Crane and Tower Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Crane and Tower Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Crane and Tower Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Crane and Tower Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,310 1.58 $ 39.80 $ 82,790
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 4,080 0.30 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,120 3.98 $ 25.48 $ 53,000
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,140 2.38 $ 30.26 $ 62,930
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 1,910 0.66 $ 37.67 $ 78,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Crane and Tower Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,120 3.98 $ 25.48 $ 53,000
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,140 2.38 $ 30.26 $ 62,930
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,310 1.58 $ 39.80 $ 82,790
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 490 0.94 $ 20.35 $ 42,330
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.85 $ 37.69 $ 78,400

Top paying industries for Crane and Tower Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $ 42.70 $ 88,810
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,310 1.58 $ 39.80 $ 82,790
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 80 0.03 $ 39.57 $ 82,300
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 50 0.02 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.85 $ 37.69 $ 78,400


Geographic profile for Crane and Tower Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Crane and Tower Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Crane and Tower Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of crane and tower operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Crane and Tower Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,110 0.58 1.89 $ 29.76 $ 61,890
California 3,710 0.22 0.73 $ 38.97 $ 81,070
Florida 3,100 0.36 1.17 $ 30.10 $ 62,610
Indiana 2,120 0.71 2.31 $ 27.79 $ 57,810
Louisiana 2,090 1.16 3.78 $ 27.14 $ 56,440


Map of location quotient of crane and tower operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Crane and Tower Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 2,090 1.16 3.78 $ 27.14 $ 56,440
North Dakota 300 0.75 2.44 $ 39.32 $ 81,790
Indiana 2,120 0.71 2.31 $ 27.79 $ 57,810
West Virginia 420 0.63 2.06 $ 23.87 $ 49,650
Maine 340 0.58 1.89 $ 27.72 $ 57,650


Map of annual mean wages of crane and tower operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Crane and Tower Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 980 0.11 0.37 $ 60.31 $ 125,450
New Jersey 1,110 0.29 0.93 $ 49.44 $ 102,840
Nevada 440 0.34 1.11 $ 46.47 $ 96,650
Hawaii 90 0.16 0.53 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Washington 740 0.23 0.75 $ 40.36 $ 83,950



Map of employment of crane and tower operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Crane and Tower Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,000 1.04 3.36 $ 30.77 $ 64,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,600 0.38 1.23 $ 30.12 $ 62,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,420 0.40 1.29 $ 29.16 $ 60,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,370 0.24 0.78 $ 39.28 $ 81,710
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,290 0.15 0.48 $ 63.06 $ 131,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 740 0.28 0.91 $ 33.64 $ 69,970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 720 0.29 0.95 $ 31.56 $ 65,650
Pittsburgh, PA 610 0.58 1.90 $ 27.86 $ 57,960
Baton Rouge, LA 570 1.54 5.00 $ 27.29 $ 56,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 540 0.19 0.60 $ 35.19 $ 73,200


Map of location quotient of crane and tower operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Crane and Tower Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 250 3.15 10.21 $ 30.01 $ 62,430
Lake Charles, LA 210 2.32 7.52 $ 29.75 $ 61,880
Mobile, AL 270 1.66 5.40 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Decatur, AL 90 1.65 5.35 $ 20.77 $ 43,200
Corpus Christi, TX 280 1.62 5.26 $ 30.84 $ 64,140
Baton Rouge, LA 570 1.54 5.00 $ 27.29 $ 56,770
Odessa, TX 90 1.40 4.53 $ 32.85 $ 68,330
Mansfield, OH 70 1.38 4.48 $ 21.16 $ 44,000
Pueblo, CO 80 1.37 4.46 $ 26.89 $ 55,940
Reading, PA 200 1.26 4.09 $ 27.31 $ 56,810


Map of annual mean wages of crane and tower operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Crane and Tower Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,290 0.15 0.48 $ 63.06 $ 131,160
Syracuse, NY 30 0.11 0.36 $ 49.69 $ 103,350
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 48.07 $ 99,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 360 0.16 0.53 $ 45.08 $ 93,760
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.20 0.65 $ 44.50 $ 92,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.12 0.40 $ 43.91 $ 91,320
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 450 0.24 0.77 $ 43.20 $ 89,850
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.17 0.54 $ 43.09 $ 89,620
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 0.67 $ 42.57 $ 88,550
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.23 0.74 $ 42.03 $ 87,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Crane and Tower Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 4.18 13.58 $ 25.37 $ 52,760
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 2.85 $ 22.05 $ 45,860
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.59 1.92 $ 26.84 $ 55,830
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.38 7.72 $ 24.01 $ 49,930
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 3.89 $ 23.91 $ 49,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Crane and Tower Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 4.18 13.58 $ 25.37 $ 52,760
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 160 2.38 7.72 $ 24.01 $ 49,930
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.54 4.99 $ 21.38 $ 44,460
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 3.89 $ 23.91 $ 49,740
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.14 3.69 $ 38.84 $ 80,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Crane and Tower Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 1.14 3.69 $ 38.84 $ 80,790
Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 38.03 $ 79,110
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 37.11 $ 77,200
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 1.40 $ 34.44 $ 71,640
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 34.20 $ 71,140


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022