Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
49,880 3.0 % $21.41 $44,520 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.82 $15.72 $19.26 $25.48 $33.68
Annual Wage (2) $26,670 $32,700 $40,050 $52,990 $70,050


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 10,200 1.65 $21.72 $45,180
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,590 8.20 $19.16 $39,850
Utility System Construction 5,030 1.04 $20.81 $43,290
Coal Mining 3,860 5.56 $24.21 $50,360
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,300 1.04 $21.79 $45,330

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 7,590 8.20 $19.16 $39,850
Coal Mining 3,860 5.56 $24.21 $50,360
Waste Treatment and Disposal 2,530 2.69 $24.38 $50,710
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,200 1.65 $21.72 $45,180
Metal Ore Mining 520 1.20 $25.43 $52,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 590 0.80 $27.64 $57,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 400 0.10 $26.62 $55,370
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 990 0.90 $26.16 $54,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $25.95 $53,980
Rail Transportation 110 0.05 $25.79 $53,640


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 7,520 0.65 1.80 $16.76 $34,860
Florida 2,390 0.30 0.83 $18.51 $38,490
South Carolina 1,830 0.95 2.63 $26.98 $56,120
California 1,800 0.12 0.32 $28.80 $59,910
Maryland 1,710 0.66 1.82 $22.74 $47,290




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 950 3.34 9.23 $31.82 $66,190
West Virginia 1,240 1.75 4.85 $20.90 $43,480
North Dakota 610 1.35 3.74 $26.41 $54,930
Maine 790 1.33 3.67 $19.22 $39,990
South Dakota 520 1.26 3.48 $17.23 $35,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,160 0.34 0.94 $33.97 $70,660
Wyoming 950 3.34 9.23 $31.82 $66,190
Washington 970 0.32 0.90 $29.98 $62,370
New York 1,650 0.18 0.51 $29.10 $60,530
California 1,800 0.12 0.32 $28.80 $59,910





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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,460 6.85 18.94 $29.36 $61,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,370 0.47 1.30 $15.88 $33,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.50 1.38 $15.12 $31,450
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,010 0.77 2.12 $23.14 $48,130
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 990 0.15 0.42 $33.99 $70,690
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 730 0.77 2.13 $16.85 $35,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.76 $23.06 $47,960
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 600 0.62 1.72 $18.18 $37,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 530 0.28 0.78 $18.01 $37,470
Austin-Round Rock, TX 520 0.56 1.54 $16.36 $34,030




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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,460 6.85 18.94 $29.36 $61,070
Beckley, WV 290 6.58 18.20 $20.74 $43,130
Eau Claire, WI 270 3.41 9.44 $26.81 $55,770
Wheeling, WV-OH 200 3.10 8.58 $23.38 $48,640
Rapid City, SD 190 2.87 7.94 $15.40 $32,030
Charleston, WV 200 1.72 4.74 $21.70 $45,140
Grand Forks, ND-MN 80 1.66 4.60 $20.80 $43,270
Farmington, NM 80 1.60 4.44 $24.09 $50,110
New Bedford, MA 100 1.58 4.37 (8) (8)
Bangor, ME 100 1.55 4.28 $21.63 $45,000