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Canal Structure Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$50,915 (USD)

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Last updated: May 19, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Canal Structure Operator is $50,915 a year and $24 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Canal Structure Operator is between $37,605 and $62,001. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Controls machinery to open and close locks and dams on canal: observes gauges and turns valves to increase or decrease water level in lock.
  • Observes positions of vessels and tie-up of mooring lines in lock to ensure optimum utilization of lock space and prevent vessel damage.
  • Logs data, such as water levels, weather conditions, and type, number, and destination of vessels.
  • Starts motors to open gates and sections of dams for passage of vessels.
  • Turns on navigation lights and traffic signals along canal.
  • Cleans, oils, and makes minor repairs to equipment.
  • Collects lock slips (vessel identifications slips) from vessel operators and submits slips to supervisor.
  • Ties or slips line-eyes over bitts on lock deck to secure vessels.
  • May direct activities of workers engaged in mooring vessels in lock.
Canal Structure Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Bridge and Lock Tenders

Job family population: 3,240

Estimated population of Canal Structure Operator jobs: 752

Rate of error: 3.6%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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