Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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)
43,570 2.7 % $18.81 $39,130 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.31 $13.87 $17.99 $22.73 $27.59
Annual Wage (2) $23,530 $28,860 $37,410 $47,270 $57,390

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 6,280 $22.41 $46,600
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 4,540 $17.32 $36,020
Support activities for water transportation 2,250 $24.76 $51,510
Nonresidential building construction 2,180 $19.70 $40,970
Building foundation and exterior contractors 2,090 $20.49 $42,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for water transportation 2,250 $24.76 $51,510
Federal government (OES designation) 670 $23.50 $48,890
Power generation and supply 290 $23.05 $47,950
Inland water transportation 160 $22.72 $47,260
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 690 $22.69 $47,200

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 850 $14.17 $29,470 0.124%
Louisiana 2,230 $17.06 $35,480 0.120%
Indiana 2,550 $18.50 $38,470 0.089%
Alabama 1,320 $16.51 $34,340 0.072%
Mississippi 700 $15.14 $31,500 0.064%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 110 $33.57 $69,830 0.019%
Nevada (7) $27.84 $57,900 (7)
Alaska 100 $26.12 $54,340 0.034%
Massachusetts 540 $25.86 $53,790 0.017%
Washington 870 $24.63 $51,230 0.034%

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 300 $14.27 $29,680 0.612%
Houma, LA MSA 450 $19.16 $39,840 0.554%
Gary, IN PMSA 1,320 $18.10 $37,640 0.530%
Decatur, AL MSA 120 $14.69 $30,560 0.222%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 230 $16.74 $34,810 0.195%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 70 $37.18 $77,330 0.006%
Honolulu, HI MSA 70 $36.06 $75,000 0.017%
New York, NY PMSA 90 $31.64 $65,820 0.002%
San Jose, CA PMSA 60 $29.45 $61,270 0.007%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA (7) $29.01 $60,350 (7)

About May 2004 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: June 02, 2005

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