Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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. Exclude "Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators" (53-7032).

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)
47,420 2.5 % $18.73 $38,950 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.66 $17.86 $22.51 $28.31
Annual Wage (2) $23,300 $28,420 $37,150 $46,830 $58,880

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 specialty trade contractors 5,860 $22.14 $46,050 1 7
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 5,010 $18.38 $38,240 2 27
Support activities for water transportation 2,620 $27.16 $56,500 3 1
Building foundation and exterior contractors 2,020 $20.15 $41,910 4 17
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 1,590 $14.41 $29,980 5 62

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for water transportation 2,620 $27.16 $56,500 3 1
Power generation and supply 270 $23.34 $48,550 33 2
Federal government (OES designation) 670 $23.03 $47,900 20 3
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 740 $22.82 $47,460 19 4
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 1,310 $22.40 $46,600 8 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
West Virginia 860 $14.41 $29,980 0.126% 339
Louisiana 1,860 $16.60 $34,530 0.101% 299
Indiana 2,770 $19.05 $39,610 0.097% 255
Alabama 1,300 $16.97 $35,310 0.071% 269
Ohio 3,200 $17.88 $37,190 0.060% 334

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 120 $35.42 $73,680 0.022% 31
District of Columbia 120 $27.32 $56,820 0.020% 139
California 3,360 $26.83 $55,810 0.023% 220
Alaska 60 $26.03 $54,150 0.021% 133
Nevada 320 $25.54 $53,130 0.030% 125

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
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 320 $16.34 $33,980 0.675%
Gary, IN PMSA 1,410 $20.21 $42,030 0.566%
Houma, LA MSA 310 $18.17 $37,800 0.382%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 260 $16.93 $35,210 0.226%
Florence, AL MSA 80 $15.18 $31,580 0.159%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 100 $36.38 $75,660 0.025%
Oakland, CA PMSA 180 $28.43 $59,130 0.018%
Ventura, CA PMSA 80 $28.13 $58,500 0.027%
San Diego, CA MSA 220 $26.54 $55,210 0.018%
San Jose, CA PMSA 60 $26.45 $55,010 0.007%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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