Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, contaminated soil, etc. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
36,590 4.4 % $17.30 $35,970 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.33 $12.43 $15.72 $22.41 $26.99
Annual Wage (2) $21,480 $25,850 $32,710 $46,620 $56,130

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
Remediation and other waste services 21,570 $16.71 $34,750 1 18
Waste treatment and disposal 5,060 $19.78 $41,150 2 7
Local government (OES designation) 1,440 $17.47 $36,330 3 14
Waste collection 860 $13.41 $27,890 4 28
Building finishing contractors 790 $17.15 $35,680 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for mining (6) $24.75 $51,470 (6) 1
State government (OES designation) 40 $24.67 $51,300 18 2
Power generation and supply 300 $24.02 $49,950 9 3
Elementary and secondary schools 140 $21.97 $45,690 14 4
Architectural and engineering services (6) $21.23 $44,160 (6) 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
Alaska 320 $27.06 $56,290 0.109% 104
Washington 1,460 $21.36 $44,440 0.057% 288
New York 3,800 $22.50 $46,800 0.046% 281
Maryland 1,050 $14.99 $31,180 0.043% 443
Rhode Island 200 $18.15 $37,740 0.042% 254

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 320 $27.06 $56,290 0.109% 104
New York 3,800 $22.50 $46,800 0.046% 281
Washington 1,460 $21.36 $44,440 0.057% 288
Wisconsin 890 $20.93 $43,530 0.033% 229
New Jersey 1,090 $20.90 $43,480 0.028% 305

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
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 700 $23.72 $49,340 0.882%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 320 $15.71 $32,690 0.207%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 150 $17.43 $36,260 0.137%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 300 $16.23 $33,750 0.118%
Syracuse, NY MSA 300 $13.17 $27,390 0.090%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 2,090 $26.03 $54,140 0.053%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA (6) $24.01 $49,950 (6)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 450 $23.94 $49,800 0.070%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 700 $23.72 $49,340 0.882%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 470 $22.72 $47,260 0.020%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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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