Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
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)
24,940 3.0 % $17.13 $35,630 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.29 $12.81 $16.22 $20.59 $25.95
Annual Wage (2) $21,410 $26,630 $33,740 $42,840 $53,970


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)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 13,940 11.26 $16.32 $33,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,140 0.13 $19.11 $39,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 950 0.18 $16.24 $33,780
Building Equipment Contractors 870 0.05 $15.29 $31,790
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 770 0.04 $18.49 $38,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 13,940 11.26 $16.32 $33,950
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 140 0.29 $13.80 $28,690
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 950 0.18 $16.24 $33,780
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,140 0.13 $19.11 $39,750
Utility System Construction 510 0.13 $16.59 $34,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 40 0.06 $23.06 $47,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,140 0.13 $19.11 $39,750
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $19.02 $39,550
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 770 0.04 $18.49 $38,450
Utility System Construction 510 0.13 $16.59 $34,510


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)
California 1,950 0.14 0.72 $19.75 $41,090
Florida 1,490 0.21 1.07 $14.05 $29,230
Pennsylvania 1,300 0.23 1.21 $17.17 $35,720
Illinois 1,270 0.23 1.18 $21.78 $45,300
Ohio 1,210 0.24 1.25 $16.51 $34,340




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)
Wyoming 200 0.72 3.68 $16.55 $34,420
Montana 290 0.69 3.57 $14.56 $30,290
Louisiana 740 0.40 2.07 $12.19 $25,360
South Dakota 150 0.37 1.90 $14.04 $29,210
Rhode Island 150 0.32 1.66 $19.19 $39,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 240 0.15 0.77 $23.51 $48,900
Illinois 1,270 0.23 1.18 $21.78 $45,300
New Jersey 720 0.19 0.98 $21.45 $44,620
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $21.14 $43,970
Washington 760 0.28 1.43 $21.10 $43,900





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.23 1.20 $23.15 $48,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.10 0.52 $23.15 $48,150
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 490 0.27 1.38 $18.82 $39,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 0.29 1.48 $16.81 $34,960
St. Louis, MO-IL 340 0.27 1.39 $18.47 $38,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.23 1.20 $22.23 $46,250
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.26 1.32 $17.47 $36,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.17 0.88 $19.56 $40,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.39 $17.44 $36,280
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 270 0.22 1.15 $20.20 $42,010




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)
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 90 2.13 10.96 $20.49 $42,620
Lake Charles, LA 160 1.83 9.39 $12.74 $26,500
Bay City, MI 50 1.56 8.02 $20.76 $43,170
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 110 1.26 6.49 $16.69 $34,720
Muncie, IN 50 1.21 6.24 $15.44 $32,120
Casper, WY 50 1.19 6.12 $18.01 $37,460
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 0.82 4.19 $21.93 $45,610
Missoula, MT 40 0.74 3.82 $17.30 $35,980
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.69 3.54 $21.78 $45,300
Greeley, CO 50 0.63 3.23 $14.86 $30,910




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.17 0.87 $26.31 $54,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.28 $25.65 $53,340
Waterbury, CT 30 0.53 2.71 $25.32 $52,660
New Haven, CT 50 0.21 1.06 $25.17 $52,350
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO (8) (8) (8) $24.63 $51,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 0.11 0.57 $24.14 $50,210
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $23.42 $48,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.10 0.52 $23.15 $48,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.23 1.20 $23.15 $48,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.04 $47,930

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 6.46 $12.67 $26,360
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.73 8.90 $12.53 $26,060
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 1.83 $15.37 $31,970
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.75 3.85 $13.45 $27,970
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 2.87 $16.25 $33,800

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)
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.73 8.90 $12.53 $26,060
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 6.46 $12.67 $26,360
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.20 6.17 $17.27 $35,930
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.80 4.13 $14.70 $30,570
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 4.01 $16.53 $34,380

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.34 $20.26 $42,130
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.46 $40,490
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 2.19 $18.14 $37,740
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.20 6.17 $17.27 $35,930
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.89 $17.14 $35,660


About May 2011 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.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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