Crane and Tower Operators

risk level
Based on 53 votes
by year 2032
or $29.49 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

72% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

49% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 72% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Crane and Tower Operators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Crane and Tower Operators' job openings is expected to rise 0.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Crane and Tower Operators' was $61,340, or $29 per hour

'Crane and Tower Operators' were paid 32.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 45,210 people employed as 'Crane and Tower Operators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Crane and Tower Operators'.

Job description

Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.

SOC Code: 53-7021.00


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Crane Services Edmonton says
Crane and tower operators play a vital role in ensuring safe and efficient lifting operations. This topic explores the responsibilities of operators, including training, certification, and ongoing evaluation to maintain a high level of safety on construction sites.
Oct 11, 2023 at 01:59 PM
RICH says
Not for construction cranes. Crawler ,hydraulic cranes.
Jun 20, 2023 at 04:13 PM
Anonymous (Highly likely) says
I believe a system of loading and unloading at a port could be done using white circular tags on top of cargo containers to represent the depth and coordinates of a location. A ship-to-shore crane could use Artificial Intelligence to know the type of ship in port and the inventory of shipments using inventory statistics from other AI loading docks. These circles on the tops and possibly sides of the containers (and possibly the boat to determine what kind of boat is docking) could be seen by a camera that could determine the proportions of distance by what size the tags are in comparison to others. The boat would have to dock in a certain zone to be analyzed by cameras. Redundant memory could basically keep ports running at top efficiency as long as engineers could make a crane that could handle high rates of the workforce for the increased efficiency of movement and certainty of execution.
Sep 21, 2021 at 11:17 PM

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