Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-4051 Highway Maintenance Workers

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway. Excludes "Tree Trimmers and Pruners" (37-3013).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
142,530 1.1 % $17.23 $35,830 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.52 $13.18 $16.72 $20.71 $24.76
Annual Wage (2) $21,890 $27,400 $34,780 $43,070 $51,500


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 102,430 1.83 $17.02 $35,400
State Government (OES Designation) 35,380 1.54 $17.61 $36,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.76 $17.41 $36,210
Employment Services 120 0.01 $13.74 $28,580
Support Activities for Road Transportation 90 0.12 $15.93 $33,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 102,430 1.83 $17.02 $35,400
State Government (OES Designation) 35,380 1.54 $17.61 $36,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.76 $17.41 $36,210
Support Activities for Road Transportation 90 0.12 $15.93 $33,130
Utility System Construction 90 0.02 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $22.80 $47,420
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $18.31 $38,070
State Government (OES Designation) 35,380 1.54 $17.61 $36,620
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,320 0.76 $17.41 $36,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 102,430 1.83 $17.02 $35,400


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 15,300 1.83 1.64 $18.42 $38,320
Pennsylvania 9,540 1.74 1.55 $16.68 $34,690
Ohio 8,270 1.68 1.50 $17.34 $36,070
Missouri 5,930 2.29 2.05 $14.75 $30,680
Wisconsin 5,310 2.04 1.82 $18.49 $38,460




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 1,260 4.40 3.92 $16.79 $34,930
South Dakota 1,320 3.40 3.03 $13.64 $28,370
Maine 1,630 2.83 2.52 $15.15 $31,510
New Hampshire 1,690 2.79 2.49 $15.38 $31,990
North Dakota 980 2.77 2.47 $16.83 $35,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,220 0.30 0.27 $23.97 $49,860
Alaska 90 0.29 0.26 $23.75 $49,390
Connecticut 2,430 1.52 1.35 $22.89 $47,610
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $22.50 $46,800
Washington 3,020 1.12 1.00 $21.69 $45,120

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,890 1.51 1.34 $18.90 $39,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.36 0.32 $23.82 $49,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,780 1.06 0.95 $22.03 $45,830
Pittsburgh, PA 1,750 1.60 1.43 $16.61 $34,540
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.94 0.84 $20.67 $43,000
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,480 1.53 1.36 $20.57 $42,780
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.22 1.08 $18.76 $39,030
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,460 1.18 1.05 $17.44 $36,270
Rochester, NY 1,430 2.97 2.65 $19.38 $40,300
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,270 1.32 1.18 $15.33 $31,880




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glens Falls, NY 330 6.40 5.71 $16.02 $33,330
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 230 5.54 4.94 $15.08 $31,370
Williamsport, PA 250 4.94 4.40 $13.19 $27,430
Kingston, NY 290 4.93 4.40 $19.07 $39,660
Binghamton, NY 460 4.28 3.82 $16.11 $33,500
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 180 3.80 3.39 $14.36 $29,860
Syracuse, NY 1,120 3.76 3.35 $17.72 $36,860
Danville, IL 100 3.53 3.15 $21.55 $44,820
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 150 3.36 3.00 $16.54 $34,400
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 140 3.35 2.98 $11.42 $23,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.17 0.15 $30.28 $62,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 0.14 $28.23 $58,710
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.43 0.38 $26.75 $55,650
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.48 0.43 $25.82 $53,700
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.22 0.20 $25.82 $53,700
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.53 $53,110
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 390 1.05 0.94 $25.21 $52,440
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.03 $52,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 0.12 $24.05 $50,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.85 $49,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 1,600 8.33 7.43 $16.90 $35,150
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 1,400 7.54 6.73 $16.08 $33,440
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,280 3.39 3.03 $13.42 $27,920
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 1,080 8.70 7.76 $16.18 $33,640
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,070 8.78 7.83 $12.73 $26,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 960 37.23 33.20 $15.32 $31,870
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 340 10.33 9.22 $16.97 $35,290
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 290 9.13 8.14 $12.71 $26,440
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 1,070 8.78 7.83 $12.73 $26,470
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 1,080 8.70 7.76 $16.18 $33,640

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 0.47 $22.82 $47,470
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 160 4.68 4.17 $22.63 $47,060
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.62 2.33 $22.11 $46,000
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.54 1.37 $21.25 $44,210
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 540 4.03 3.60 $20.86 $43,380


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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