Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

47-4071 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.

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)
17,270 5.7 % $14.81 $30,810 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $11.00 $13.81 $17.85 $22.01
Annual Wage (2) $17,820 $22,880 $28,730 $37,130 $45,770

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 8,530 $14.37 $29,880
Local government (OES designation) 2,790 $15.29 $31,790
Building equipment contractors 1,550 $18.86 $39,230
Services to buildings and dwellings 1,170 $15.36 $31,940
Other specialty trade contractors 730 $12.02 $25,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building equipment contractors 1,550 $18.86 $39,230
Household goods repair and maintenance 50 $16.33 $33,970
Services to buildings and dwellings 1,170 $15.36 $31,940
Local government (OES designation) 2,790 $15.29 $31,790
Utility system construction 520 $15.18 $31,570

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
Arkansas 460 $10.12 $21,050 0.041%
Idaho 200 $14.82 $30,820 0.036%
Wisconsin 900 $15.78 $32,830 0.033%
Washington 790 $16.35 $34,020 0.031%
Oregon 440 $18.27 $37,990 0.029%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 1,460 $19.20 $39,930 0.010%
Alaska 70 $18.65 $38,800 0.024%
Oregon 440 $18.27 $37,990 0.029%
New Jersey 350 $18.20 $37,850 0.009%
Illinois 910 $17.55 $36,510 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
Flint, MI PMSA 170 $13.37 $27,810 0.104%
Danbury, CT PMSA 70 $16.71 $34,760 0.078%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 40 $16.79 $34,910 0.075%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 50 $20.18 $41,980 0.066%
Green Bay, WI MSA 80 $15.06 $31,320 0.056%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oakland, CA PMSA (7) $23.22 $48,290 (7)
San Francisco, CA PMSA (7) $22.86 $47,550 (7)
Salinas, CA MSA (7) $20.57 $42,780 (7)
Trenton, NJ PMSA (7) $20.26 $42,140 (7)
Bremerton, WA PMSA 50 $20.18 $41,980 0.066%

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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