Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
37,710 5.6 % $17.47 $36,330 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.78 $12.68 $15.90 $22.12 $27.00
Annual Wage (2) $22,420 $26,370 $33,080 $46,020 $56,160

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Remediation and other waste services 23,280 $16.67 $34,660
Waste treatment and disposal 4,710 $19.74 $41,060
Management and technical consulting services 1,800 $19.22 $39,980
Local government (OES designation) 1,170 $19.23 $40,000
Waste collection 1,090 $15.36 $31,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other specialty trade contractors 740 $23.85 $49,610
State government (OES designation) 40 $23.84 $49,580
Power generation and supply 210 $23.70 $49,290
Elementary and secondary schools 140 $22.62 $47,050
Architectural and engineering services (7) $21.04 $43,750

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
Alaska 210 $23.89 $49,690 0.072%
Washington 1,610 $21.87 $45,500 0.063%
Maryland 1,250 $15.50 $32,250 0.051%
Maine 290 $16.00 $33,280 0.049%
Hawaii 270 $16.85 $35,060 0.048%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 210 $23.89 $49,690 0.072%
New Jersey 1,250 $22.39 $46,570 0.032%
New York 3,820 $22.24 $46,250 0.046%
Washington 1,610 $21.87 $45,500 0.063%
Wisconsin 420 $21.51 $44,740 0.016%

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
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 310 $17.13 $35,620 0.200%
Medford-Ashland, OR MSA 100 $16.12 $33,520 0.134%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 300 $16.12 $33,530 0.118%
Syracuse, NY MSA 370 $16.38 $34,060 0.112%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 120 $16.51 $34,330 0.110%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 50 $25.63 $53,300 0.009%
Newark, NJ PMSA (7) $24.79 $51,560 (7)
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 580 $24.60 $51,170 0.090%
New York, NY PMSA 2,210 $24.14 $50,200 0.056%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 590 $23.68 $49,240 0.025%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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