Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

53-7031 Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials from lakes, rivers, or streams; and to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

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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)
3,030 10.9 % $14.17 $29,470 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.56 $10.42 $13.37 $16.83 $21.32
Annual Wage (2) $17,800 $21,670 $27,800 $35,020 $44,350

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
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 1,050 $14.55 $30,260 1 7
Other heavy construction 680 $12.26 $25,510 2 10
Utility system construction 190 $13.01 $27,050 3 8
Support activities for mining 80 $16.52 $34,360 4 4
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 40 $15.84 $32,950 5 5

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services (6) $24.57 $51,100 (6) 1
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing (6) $20.10 $41,820 (6) 2
Nonresidential building construction (6) $16.62 $34,570 (6) 3
Support activities for mining 80 $16.52 $34,360 4 4
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 40 $15.84 $32,950 5 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
Louisiana 340 $12.18 $25,330 0.018% 465
Alabama 130 $11.73 $24,390 0.007% 504
Minnesota 150 $18.96 $39,430 0.006% 320
Iowa 80 $12.94 $26,910 0.006% 448
Texas 440 $11.69 $24,320 0.005% 560

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California (6) $25.14 $52,280 (6) 247
Minnesota 150 $18.96 $39,430 0.006% 320
Mississippi (6) $17.43 $36,250 (6) 220
Ohio 130 $17.35 $36,090 0.002% 355
Michigan 50 $16.93 $35,210 0.001% 396

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 220 $12.43 $25,850 0.037%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 50 $12.31 $25,600 0.017%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 80 $21.51 $44,750 0.005%
Chicago, IL PMSA (6) $16.60 $34,540 (6)

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 80 $21.51 $44,750 0.005%
Chicago, IL PMSA (6) $16.60 $34,540 (6)
New Orleans, LA MSA 220 $12.43 $25,850 0.037%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 50 $12.31 $25,600 0.017%

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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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