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 50 0.34 0.92 $26.43 $54,980
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.19 3.21 $26.19 $54,480


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 bec