There are currently an estimated 46,000 crane operators in the United States. The crane operator job market is expected to grow by 8.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are crane operators?

CareerExplorer rates crane operators with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,900 crane operators. That number is based on 3,900 additional crane operators, and the retirement of 7,000 existing crane operators.

What’s the supply of crane operators?

The crane operator industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Pennsylvania

Crane Operator job market by state

State Name Employed Crane Operators
Texas 6,880
California 3,270
Pennsylvania 3,020
Louisiana 3,010
Florida 2,390
Indiana 1,950
Illinois 1,930
Ohio 1,660
New York 1,220
Virginia 1,220
Washington 1,150
Alabama 1,080
Iowa 860
Michigan 840
Maryland 760
North Carolina 750
Oregon 730
New Jersey 710
Kentucky 670
Mississippi 620
Minnesota 620
Georgia 610
Tennessee 590
Oklahoma 520
Kansas 470
South Carolina 470
Missouri 450
Wisconsin 440
Massachusetts 440
Arkansas 440
Colorado 430
Utah 370
Nevada 300
North Dakota 290
Maine 290
Nebraska 280
Connecticut 280
Arizona 250
Idaho 220
West Virginia 210
Puerto Rico 190
Montana 180
Hawaii 150
New Mexico 110
Delaware 90
Vermont 90
New Hampshire 90
Wyoming 70
Alaska 60
Guam 50
South Dakota 50