Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-0000 Production Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers ; Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers ; Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers ; Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers ; Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers ; Engine and Other Machine Assemblers ; Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters ; Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators ; Team Assemblers ; Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters ; Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other ; Bakers ; Butchers and Meat Cutters ; Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers ; Slaughterers and Meat Packers ; Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders ; Food Batchmakers ; Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders ; Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic ; Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic ; Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Machinists ; Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders ; Pourers and Casters, Metal ; Model Makers, Metal and Plastic ; Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic ; Foundry Mold and Coremakers ; Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Tool and Die Makers ; Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers ; Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic ; Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners ; Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other ; Prepress Technicians and Workers ; Printing Press Operators ; Print Binding and Finishing Workers ; Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers ; Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials ; Sewing Machine Operators ; Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers ; Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders ; Sewers, Hand ; Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers ; Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders ; Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers ; Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers ; Upholsterers ; Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other ; Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters ; Furniture Finishers ; Model Makers, Wood ; Patternmakers, Wood ; Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood ; Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing ; Woodworkers, All Other ; Nuclear Power Reactor Operators ; Power Distributors and Dispatchers ; Power Plant Operators ; Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators ; Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators ; Chemical Plant and System Operators ; Gas Plant Operators ; Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers ; Plant and System Operators, All Other ; Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand ; Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Cutters and Trimmers, Hand ; Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders ; Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers ; Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers ; Dental Laboratory Technicians ; Medical Appliance Technicians ; Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians ; Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders ; Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Painters, Transportation Equipment ; Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers ; Semiconductor Processors ; Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators ; Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders ; Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Etchers and Engravers ; Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic ; Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Tire Builders ; Helpers--Production Workers ; Production Workers, All Other*


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,236,340 0.3 % $16.24 $33,770 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.88 $10.90 $14.58 $19.70 $26.36
Annual Wage (2) $18,480 $22,680 $30,330 $40,970 $54,830


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 490,070 18.37 $12.05 $25,070
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 328,000 66.57 $12.15 $25,270
Plastics Product Manufacturing 288,630 57.54 $14.90 $31,000
Printing and Related Support Activities 263,500 53.25 $16.92 $35,190
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 255,960 62.19 $17.17 $35,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Footwear Manufacturing 9,770 70.84 $12.56 $26,120
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 212,460 70.23 $18.17 $37,800
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 8,970 69.29 $11.24 $23,380
Foundries 74,120 68.01 $16.25 $33,800
Rubber Product Manufacturing 79,970 66.69 $16.65 $34,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 56,920 14.39 $31.89 $66,330
Postal Service 210 0.03 $31.03 $64,540
Natural Gas Distribution 10,290 9.51 $30.68 $63,800
Oil and Gas Extraction 12,000 7.74 $28.93 $60,180
Other Pipeline Transportation 2,790 40.54 $28.20 $58,660


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 790,840 56.48 0.87 $16.06 $33,400
Texas 623,680 61.81 0.95 $15.73 $32,710
Ohio 433,270 88.03 1.36 $16.53 $34,380
Illinois 413,970 74.88 1.16 $16.66 $34,660
Pennsylvania 388,180 70.80 1.09 $16.74 $34,830




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 307,690 112.92 1.74 $16.26 $33,830
Wisconsin 284,330 108.99 1.68 $16.75 $34,850
Arkansas 115,650 101.85 1.57 $14.00 $29,130
Iowa 145,540 101.18 1.56 $15.44 $32,110
Alabama 176,850 97.84 1.51 $15.53 $32,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,800 9.07 0.14 $22.44 $46,680
Wyoming 13,280 49.19 0.76 $21.91 $45,570
Alaska 11,870 38.53 0.60 $20.11 $41,830
Washington 147,550 54.79 0.85 $18.80 $39,090
Connecticut 95,970 60.03 0.93 $18.67 $38,840

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 255,780 67.00 1.03 $15.00 $31,200
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 243,090 68.63 1.06 $16.51 $34,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 174,520 69.87 1.08 $17.48 $36,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 148,520 29.81 0.46 $16.64 $34,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 117,810 70.20 1.08 $17.41 $36,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 116,610 58.25 0.90 $14.82 $30,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 105,600 47.99 0.74 $15.10 $31,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 98,630 71.77 1.11 $15.49 $32,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 91,820 50.88 0.79 $18.26 $37,970
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 88,760 87.22 1.35 $18.96 $39,430




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 30,130 303.22 4.68 $14.93 $31,050
Dalton, GA 16,380 258.51 3.99 $13.25 $27,560
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 26,780 194.58 3.00 $14.57 $30,310
Morristown, TN 7,850 183.08 2.83 $14.20 $29,530
Columbus, IN 7,260 182.70 2.82 $15.25 $31,710
Sheboygan, WI 9,750 176.27 2.72 $17.41 $36,210
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 16,840 173.91 2.68 $15.80 $32,850
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 14,150 165.07 2.55 $17.96 $37,350
Spartanburg, SC 18,210 163.06 2.52 $18.04 $37,520
Decatur, AL 8,420 162.95 2.52 $17.35 $36,080