Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-7031 Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.


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)
1,590 8.9 % $18.32 $38,100 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.41 $12.48 $16.12 $21.34 $31.06
Annual Wage (2) $21,640 $25,950 $33,530 $44,380 $64,610


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 940 1.05 $15.65 $32,550
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 350 0.36 $23.55 $48,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $21.88 $45,520
State Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $19.24 $40,010
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 30 0.01 $18.53 $38,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 940 1.05 $15.65 $32,550
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 350 0.36 $23.55 $48,980
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 30 0.01 $18.53 $38,530
Utility System Construction 30 0.01 $15.24 $31,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 0.00 $21.88 $45,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 350 0.36 $23.55 $48,980
Coal Mining (8) (8) $21.90 $45,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $21.88 $45,520
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $19.24 $40,010
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 30 0.01 $18.53 $38,530


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)
Texas 220 0.02 1.72 $16.91 $35,170
Nebraska 170 0.19 15.22 $13.64 $28,370
Florida 140 0.02 1.59 $16.81 $34,960
Ohio 140 0.03 2.26 $18.32 $38,100
Missouri 120 0.05 3.85 $14.11 $29,340




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)
Nebraska 170 0.19 15.22 $13.64 $28,370
Louisiana 100 0.06 4.52 $19.11 $39,750
Missouri 120 0.05 3.85 $14.11 $29,340
Ohio 140 0.03 2.26 $18.32 $38,100
Kansas 40 0.03 2.37 $14.96 $31,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 30 0.02 1.64 $33.47 $69,610
California 40 0.00 0.21 $32.93 $68,490
New Jersey 70 0.02 1.58 $25.26 $52,550
New York 30 0.00 0.31 $20.47 $42,570
Georgia 70 0.02 1.42 $20.21 $42,030





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)
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 4.75 $16.96 $35,280




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)
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 4.75 $16.96 $35,280




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)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.87 $62,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $18.64 $38,780
Columbus, OH 50 0.06 4.75 $16.96 $35,280
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $16.89 $35,130
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $14.98 $31,170
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $11.92 $24,790

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 44.06 $16.80 $34,940

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 44.06 $16.80 $34,940

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 44.06 $16.80 $34,940


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.

(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 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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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