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Lock Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$50,934 (USD)

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Last updated: May 26, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Lock Operator is $50,934 a year and $24 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Lock Operator is between $37,619 and $62,024. 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.
Lock Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Bridge and Lock Tenders

Job family population: 3,240

Estimated population of Lock Operator jobs: 752

Rate of error: 3.6%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Lock Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Machine Operator Supervisor - Fri-Sun - Off Mon-Thu (AU#319581)
May 7
Saint Charles, IL, USA
Barton Staffing Solutions
Responsible to ensure that " Lock Out" procedures are being met on machines that need be repaired ... operative and pro-active 10. Basic computer skills and comprehension 11. Participation in ...
General Laborer - Terminal Operator
May 3
Joliet, IL, USA
ITS Conglobal
Climbs up & down rail car ladders to lock & unlock intermodal containers * Drives Hostler (in ... Experience operating heavy equipment is a plus; Crane, Top Loader, Hostler, Forklift, etc * Open ...
Finishing Operator*
Apr 27
St. Charles, Illinois, USA
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
Requires knowledge of standard set ups, adjustments and operating characteristics of the equipment ... lock out - tag out rules and hearing and eye protection policies. * Performs other related duties ...
Technical Writer - Standard Operating Procedures SOP - Immediate Start Temp-to-Hire (MP#319144)
Mar 21
Franklin Park, IL, USA
Barton Staffing Solutions
... Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and other operational and business documentation for this ... An initial project you will work in is developing Lock-out Tag-out SOP for an industrial operation.
Material Handler
May 17
Aurora, IL, USA
Coworx Staffing
Responsibilities · Report any mechanical problems to the machine operator. · Report any mail ... waste, lock out - tag out rules, and hearing and eye protection policies. · Other duties as ...
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