Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
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Overview
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Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
Titles for this career often contain these words
TechnicianAsbestosHazardousWorkerWasteSpecialistMaterialsDriverHandlerAbatementMaterialHazmatHazardRemoverDecontaminationOperatorTankerHandlingCovererDecommissioningFieldIrradiatedFuelJunkRemovalRadiologicalControlSafetyRestorationSiteTeamDisposalAttendant
Education
Only 12% of hazardous materials removal workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by hazardous materials removal workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer hazardous materials removal workers have bachelor's degrees than 70% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Hazardous materials removal workers, with 45,900 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for hazardous materials removal workers are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 6,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of automation for hazardous materials removal workers is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for hazardous materials removal workers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most hazardous materials removal workers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 16% of hazardous materials removal workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 71% of other jobs.
Gender of hazardous materials removal workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For hazardous materials removal workers, the median men's salary was 44% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 22% of hazardous materials removal workers are minority, and 24% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of hazardous materials removal workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (24%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of hazardous materials removal workers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (85%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (80%)
  • Time Pressure (67%)
  • Consequence of Error (51%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (49%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (46%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (38%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (34%)
  • Exposed to High Places (32%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do hazardous materials removal workers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for hazardous materials removal workers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for hazardous materials removal workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire hazardous materials removal workers.
Employers of Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (78.8%)
Private not-for-profit (5.5%)
Local government (5.2%)
State government (2.3%)
Federal government (6.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of hazardous materials removal workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of hazardous materials removal workers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for hazardous materials removal workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Hazardous materials removal workers and gender

With 16% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 71% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Hazardous materials removal workers
Men (84%)
Women (16%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for hazardous materials removal workers tops that, with the median salary for men 44% higher than the median salary for women.

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Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Hazardous materials removal workers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 94% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of hazardous materials removal workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority hazardous materials removal workers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of hazardous materials removal workers
White (68% )
Black (14% )
Other (10% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for hazardous materials removal workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for hazardous materials removal workers by nativity
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Hazardous materials removal workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 9% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 58% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by hazardous materials removal workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), hazardous materials removal workers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as hazardous materials removal workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for hazardous materials removal workers

Hazmat removal workers typically need a high school diploma.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for hazardous materials removal workers

In addition to mandating the completion of training required by OSHA, some states mandate permits or licenses, particularly for asbestos and lead removal. Workers who transport hazardous materials may need a state or federal permit.

License requirements vary by state, but candidates typically must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete training mandated by a state or federal agency
  • Pass a written exam

To maintain licensure, workers must take continuing education courses each year. For more information, check with the state’s licensing agency.

Education attained by hazardous materials removal workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for hazardous materials removal workers? Below we see the distribution of hazardous materials removal workers salaries based on the education attained.

$32K$38K$39K$36K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KNone (17%)High School (43%)Some College (22%)Associate's/Cert. (6%)Bachelor's Degree (10%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for hazardous materials removal workers

What jobs will most hazardous materials removal workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of hazardous materials removal workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

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Lateral job transitions for hazardous materials removal workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as hazardous materials removal workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as hazardous materials removal workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for hazardous materials removal workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as hazardous materials removal workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of hazardous materials removal workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most hazardous materials removal workers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as hazardous materials removal workers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Hazardous Materials Removal Workers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where hazardous materials removal workers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for hazardous materials removal workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for hazardous materials removal workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which hazardous materials removal workers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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