Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-2072 Pile-Driver Operators

Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
4,390 8.6 % $22.72 $47,260 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.95 $15.72 $23.16 $29.90 $33.90
Annual Wage (2) $24,850 $32,700 $48,160 $62,200 $70,520

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other heavy construction 1,220 $23.20 $48,250 1 6
Highway, street, and bridge construction 800 $23.30 $48,460 2 5
Other specialty trade contractors 700 $24.12 $50,160 3 3
Utility system construction 520 $20.75 $43,170 4 7
Building foundation and exterior contractors 110 $23.51 $48,900 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building equipment contractors (6) $26.11 $54,310 (6) 1
Building finishing contractors (6) $24.23 $50,390 (6) 2
Other specialty trade contractors 700 $24.12 $50,160 3 3
Building foundation and exterior contractors 110 $23.51 $48,900 5 4
Highway, street, and bridge construction 800 $23.30 $48,460 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maryland 380 $21.17 $44,020 0.016% 240
Washington 360 $27.85 $57,920 0.014% 144
Louisiana 190 $16.04 $33,370 0.010% 317
Virginia 300 $13.83 $28,770 0.009% 476
California 820 $30.13 $62,670 0.006% 159

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 820 $30.13 $62,670 0.006% 159
New Jersey 130 $29.33 $61,020 0.003% 145
Washington 360 $27.85 $57,920 0.014% 144
New York 180 $26.44 $55,000 0.002% 200
Massachusetts 130 $26.36 $54,830 0.004% 169

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Orleans, LA MSA 90 $16.76 $34,860 0.015%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 230 $20.97 $43,620 0.009%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 $33.30 $69,260 0.008%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 90 $30.27 $62,970 0.007%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 100 $25.56 $53,160 0.005%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 $33.30 $69,260 0.008%
Oakland, CA PMSA (6) $31.55 $65,630 (6)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 90 $30.27 $62,970 0.007%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 170 $29.41 $61,160 0.004%
San Diego, CA MSA (6) $28.32 $58,900 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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