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 2014 and published in May 2015 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|10th 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 $81,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,520. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 166% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
|Year||Average Annual Salary||Growth (%)|
Table 2 shows the salary trend for crane and tower operators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 9.71%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 2.83%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 1.79% in 2012 and a very small growth of 0.50% in 2011.
|Crane and Tower Operators|| |
|Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators|| |
|Dredge Operators|| |
|Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators|| |
|Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators|| |
|Hoist and Winch Operators|| |
|Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators|| |
The average salaries of crane and tower operators in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 $68,380. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $37,760).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
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 $23,230 to $74,990. The highest paying state for crane and tower operators is California with a median annual salary of $74,990. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,230. For more salary information of crane and tower operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |