Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
44,610 3.3 % $18.48 $38,430 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.07 $13.56 $17.65 $22.29 $27.55
Annual Wage (2) $23,030 $28,200 $36,710 $46,360 $57,310

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other specialty trade contractors 5,830 $21.43 $44,580
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 4,580 $17.27 $35,920
Nonresidential building construction 1,860 $19.60 $40,760
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 1,710 $22.33 $46,450
Building foundation and exterior contractors 1,700 $19.94 $41,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Power generation and supply 290 $23.51 $48,900
Federal government (OES designation) 670 $23.13 $48,110
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 690 $22.60 $47,010
Inland water transportation 150 $22.41 $46,620
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 1,710 $22.33 $46,450

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
West Virginia 770 $14.62 $30,420 0.113%
Louisiana 1,970 $16.41 $34,130 0.106%
Indiana 2,680 $18.16 $37,770 0.094%
Alabama 1,270 $16.43 $34,180 0.070%
Mississippi 640 $14.96 $31,110 0.059%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 90 $33.73 $70,150 0.016%
Alaska 80 $27.94 $58,110 0.028%
District of Columbia 100 $27.44 $57,070 0.017%
Washington 870 $24.81 $51,610 0.034%
Massachusetts 490 $24.38 $50,720 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
Gary, IN PMSA 1,400 $17.63 $36,670 0.566%
Houma, LA MSA 320 $18.00 $37,430 0.389%
Decatur, AL MSA 100 $14.42 $29,990 0.184%
Lafayette, LA MSA 270 $15.93 $33,140 0.164%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 190 $16.25 $33,790 0.164%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 70 $35.31 $73,440 0.018%
Anchorage, AK MSA 30 $30.60 $63,640 0.022%
New York, NY PMSA 100 $30.42 $63,280 0.003%
Brockton, MA PMSA (7) $29.90 $62,190 (7)
San Jose, CA PMSA 40 $28.00 $58,230 0.005%

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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