Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
1,850 8.8 % $21.18 $44,040 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.38 $15.82 $19.26 $25.51 $32.54
Annual Wage (2) $25,760 $32,910 $40,060 $53,070 $67,690


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 860 0.93 $18.66 $38,810
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 580 0.53 $25.67 $53,390
Utility System Construction 60 0.01 $19.31 $40,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 0.00 $28.23 $58,720
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $16.60 $34,520

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 860 0.93 $18.66 $38,810
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 580 0.53 $25.67 $53,390
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 50 0.03 $15.71 $32,680
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 60 0.02 $16.60 $34,520
Utility System Construction 60 0.01 $19.31 $40,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $28.23 $58,720
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 580 0.53 $25.67 $53,390
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $20.08 $41,760
Utility System Construction 60 0.01 $19.31 $40,160
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 860 0.93 $18.66 $38,810


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 260 0.02 1.67 $20.06 $41,730
New Jersey 170 0.04 3.17 $25.13 $52,270
Louisiana 150 0.08 5.85 $20.93 $43,530
Florida 140 0.02 1.33 $20.03 $41,660
Ohio 130 0.02 1.85 $17.49 $36,390




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 130 0.14 10.25 $17.94 $37,320
Louisiana 150 0.08 5.85 $20.93 $43,530
Idaho 50 0.08 5.73 $24.68 $51,320
New Jersey 170 0.04 3.17 $25.13 $52,270
Tennessee 100 0.03 2.58 $18.54 $38,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California (8) (8) (8) $31.27 $65,040
New Jersey 170 0.04 3.17 $25.13 $52,270
Idaho 50 0.08 5.73 $24.68 $51,320
Georgia 80 0.02 1.41 $22.84 $47,510
South Carolina (8) (8) (8) $22.82 $47,470





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)
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.59 44.02 $24.08 $50,080
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.25 18.60 $17.84 $37,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 1.39 (8) (8)




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)
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.59 44.02 $24.08 $50,080
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.25 18.60 $17.84 $37,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 1.39 (8) (8)




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.99 $54,050
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.59 44.02 $24.08 $50,080
New Orleans-Metairie, LA (8) (8) (8) $17.89 $37,200
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.25 18.60 $17.84 $37,100

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)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 40.03 $20.84 $43,350
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 13.13 $19.48 $40,520

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)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 40.03 $20.84 $43,350
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 13.13 $19.48 $40,520

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)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 40.03 $20.84 $43,350
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 13.13 $19.48 $40,520


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016