Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

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)
44,490 2.8 % $21.84 $45,430 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.78 $15.81 $20.13 $26.99 $33.46
Annual Wage (2) $26,590 $32,890 $41,870 $56,130 $69,600


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 8,070 $25.04 $52,080
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,700 $20.02 $41,650
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,330 $23.18 $48,210
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,950 $24.61 $51,180
Support Activities for Mining 1,860 $24.00 $49,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 $31.40 $65,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 $26.82 $55,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 640 $26.40 $54,900
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 340 $26.24 $54,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 $25.78 $53,620


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Louisiana 2,290 $21.13 $43,950 0.121%
Alabama 1,870 $15.81 $32,880 0.096%
West Virginia 640 $15.33 $31,890 0.089%
Indiana 2,410 $20.94 $43,550 0.082%
Mississippi 700 $18.77 $39,030 0.062%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 190 $35.70 $74,260 0.062%
Nevada 510 $32.05 $66,670 0.040%
Hawaii 130 $31.73 $66,010 0.021%
Washington 1,430 $29.93 $62,240 0.050%
New York 1,340 $28.05 $58,340 0.016%


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Pascagoula, MS 280 $21.00 $43,690 0.498%
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 450 $25.85 $53,780 0.476%
Mansfield, OH 120 $16.77 $34,870 0.221%
Lake Charles, LA 190 $20.12 $41,850 0.213%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 210 $18.06 $37,560 0.188%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) $34.71 $72,200 (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $34.60 $71,970 (8)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 80 $33.85 $70,420 0.006%
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 $33.49 $69,660 0.029%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 $32.61 $67,830 0.007%


About May 2008 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2008 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2009

Recommend this page using: