Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
16,960 6.3 % $15.27 $31,770 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.94 $11.32 $14.48 $18.30 $23.01
Annual Wage (2) $18,600 $23,540 $30,120 $38,070 $47,850

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 8,890 $14.71 $30,600
Local government (OES designation) 2,780 $16.10 $33,480
Other specialty trade contractors 600 $12.00 $24,950
Building equipment contractors 580 $16.52 $34,350
Services to buildings and dwellings 420 $14.28 $29,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Utility system construction (7) $19.62 $40,810
Household goods repair and maintenance (7) $18.92 $39,360
Residential building construction (7) $17.54 $36,480
Building equipment contractors 580 $16.52 $34,350
Local government (OES designation) 2,780 $16.10 $33,480

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 100 $17.11 $35,590 0.034%
Michigan 1,340 $14.97 $31,130 0.031%
Idaho 180 $14.76 $30,690 0.031%
Rhode Island 120 $19.25 $40,050 0.025%
Louisiana 450 $14.01 $29,140 0.024%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 1,770 $19.32 $40,180 0.012%
Rhode Island 120 $19.25 $40,050 0.025%
New Jersey 520 $19.12 $39,770 0.013%
Illinois (7) $18.61 $38,720 (7)
Connecticut 220 $18.29 $38,040 0.013%

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
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA MSA 80 $11.54 $24,000 0.113%
Pensacola, FL MSA 160 $12.21 $25,400 0.102%
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 30 $13.71 $28,510 0.066%
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 70 $13.29 $27,640 0.060%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 30 $14.64 $30,440 0.054%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oakland, CA PMSA 40 $23.52 $48,920 0.004%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 210 $22.59 $46,980 0.005%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA (7) $22.43 $46,660 (7)
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 40 $21.27 $44,240 0.006%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 180 $21.08 $43,850 0.010%

About November 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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