The salary statistics of crane and tower operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of crane and tower operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The crane and tower operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for crane and tower operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) crane and tower operators is $82,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,570. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of crane and tower operators from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of crane and tower operators in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for crane and tower operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $66,550. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $35,950).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
From the above tables we note that not only crane and tower operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of crane and tower operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,900 to $94,060. The highest paying state for crane and tower operators is New York with a median annual salary of $94,060. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,900. For more salary information of crane and tower operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
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|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
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|New Hampshire|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |