Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Excludes "Dredge Operators" (53-7031).


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)
47,530 2.5 % $19.48 $40,520 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.13 $14.45 $17.97 $22.84 $29.02
Annual Wage (2) $25,230 $30,060 $37,380 $47,500 $60,350


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)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,140 2.09 $19.23 $39,990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,100 7.90 $17.68 $36,770
Coal Mining 3,800 4.56 $22.09 $45,940
Utility System Construction 3,720 0.94 $21.05 $43,790
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,850 0.96 $18.63 $38,750

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 7,100 7.90 $17.68 $36,770
Coal Mining 3,800 4.56 $22.09 $45,940
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,140 2.09 $19.23 $39,990
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,380 1.44 $21.70 $45,140
Metal Ore Mining 470 1.23 $25.62 $53,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 320 0.29 $34.63 $72,020
Support Activities for Water Transportation 100 0.11 $30.53 $63,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $27.90 $58,040
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $26.90 $55,940
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 590 0.15 $26.41 $54,930


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 5,120 0.50 1.34 $17.06 $35,490
Florida 2,060 0.29 0.78 $16.75 $34,830
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.34 0.92 $18.72 $38,930
Virginia 1,840 0.52 1.40 $18.07 $37,580
Oklahoma 1,830 1.22 3.30 $16.78 $34,900




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 770 2.83 7.62 $24.83 $51,640
West Virginia 1,230 1.75 4.73 $21.82 $45,380
North Dakota 520 1.40 3.77 $22.61 $47,020
Oklahoma 1,830 1.22 3.30 $16.78 $34,900
Maine 610 1.07 2.88 $18.03 $37,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 80 0.25 0.66 $30.63 $63,710
California 1,820 0.13 0.35 $28.12 $58,490
Washington 880 0.32 0.87 $25.79 $53,640
Delaware 180 0.44 1.19 $25.55 $53,150
Illinois 1,040 0.19 0.51 $24.90 $51,800





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,190 0.47 1.26 $17.73 $36,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.33 0.88 $20.67 $42,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 710 0.43 1.15 $21.66 $45,050
Richmond, VA 630 1.08 2.91 $16.88 $35,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 630 0.49 1.33 $22.56 $46,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.44 $25.55 $53,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.29 0.77 $19.75 $41,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.23 0.62 $17.27 $35,930
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 440 0.52 1.39 $15.32 $31,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 0.85 $25.53 $53,110




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)
Longview, TX 300 3.15 8.49 $18.97 $39,460
Casper, WY 100 2.63 7.10 $20.67 $42,990
Charleston, WV 370 2.59 7.00 $23.24 $48,350
Morgantown, WV 110 1.88 5.07 $20.68 $43,010
Odessa, TX 120 1.87 5.04 $17.34 $36,060
Duluth, MN-WI 220 1.81 4.88 $25.77 $53,600
Bowling Green, KY 90 1.55 4.19 $16.49 $34,300
Bangor, ME 90 1.45 3.92 $19.91 $41,400
Lawton, OK 50 1.25 3.36 $17.35 $36,090
Cumberland, MD-WV 50 1.23 3.32 $17.26 $35,910




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.73 $80,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.23 $35.14 $73,100
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $34.81 $72,410
Anchorage, AK 40 0.24 0.64 $31.89 $66,330
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.27 0.72 $30.28 $62,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.12 0.31 $30.18 $62,770
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.43 1.16 $29.92 $62,240
Janesville, WI 40 0.65 1.76 $29.35 $61,050
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $29.22 $60,780
Stockton, CA 40 0.21 0.57 $27.69 $57,590

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)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 640 5.51 14.88 $18.61 $38,710
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 480 3.01 8.12 $15.50 $32,240
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 470 3.53 9.51 $21.81 $45,360
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 2.37 6.40 $16.62 $34,570
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 320 1.20 3.24 $19.39 $40,330

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 310 6.45 17.40 $28.59 $59,460
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 640 5.51 14.88 $18.61 $38,710
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 4.95 13.36 $26.16 $54,410
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 4.09 11.04 $17.51 $36,430
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 470 3.53 9.51 $21.81 $45,360

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 310 6.45 17.40 $28.59 $59,460
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.45 3.91 $28.10 $58,450
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 200 3.20 8.65 $27.18 $56,540
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area