How Much Do Bridge and Lock Tenders Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Bridge and Lock Tenders

Bridge and Lock Tenders operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$49610 per year
Hourly wage
$24 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,570 to $39,020 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Bridge and Lock Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,570 to $39,020 per year or $14 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

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Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $31 $64,810
Senior (Top 25%) $29 $60,490
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $52,340
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $39,020
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,570

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MN $30 $62,060
IL $29 $61,260
AL $29 $60,680
MO $28 $59,230
IA $28 $59,040
WV $28 $57,580
PA $28 $57,330
IN $27 $57,130
TN $27 $55,740
OK $27 $55,650

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Bridge and Lock Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MN doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MN might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Bridge and Lock Tenders are in the states of MN, IL, AL, MO and IA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $58090 $27.93
Rail Transportation $55390 $26.63
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $53320 $25.64
Local Government $44140 $21.22
State Government $41170 $19.79
Support Activities for Road Transportation $31190 $14.99

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