Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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 occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,250 2.9 % $22.02 $45,790 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.83 $17.08 $21.71 $26.90 $31.42
Annual Wage (2) $28,760 $35,530 $45,150 $55,950 $65,350


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 11,890 8.31 $22.65 $47,110
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,000 2.83 $21.39 $44,490
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,600 7.27 $24.08 $50,090
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 3,120 3.75 $20.27 $42,150
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2,500 2.48 $19.33 $40,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 11,890 8.31 $22.65 $47,110
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,600 7.27 $24.08 $50,090
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 1,660 4.60 $22.83 $47,480
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 3,120 3.75 $20.27 $42,150
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,080 3.69 $20.75 $43,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 100 0.04 $25.34 $52,700
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 100 0.15 $25.08 $52,160
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 130 0.25 $24.28 $50,510
Waste Treatment and Disposal 420 0.44 $24.22 $50,380
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,600 7.27 $24.08 $50,090


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)
Texas 6,190 0.61 1.69 $24.37 $50,680
New Jersey 3,400 0.90 2.48 $21.48 $44,690
Ohio 3,250 0.66 1.82 $21.87 $45,480
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.58 1.59 $20.17 $41,960
Illinois 2,610 0.47 1.30 $24.83 $51,650




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)
West Virginia 1,100 1.60 4.40 $22.00 $45,770
Delaware 510 1.28 3.52 $25.95 $53,970
New Jersey 3,400 0.90 2.48 $21.48 $44,690
Kentucky 1,490 0.87 2.38 $23.10 $48,040
Iowa 1,090 0.76 2.08 $20.94 $43,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 40 0.16 0.43 $26.15 $54,390
Delaware 510 1.28 3.52 $25.95 $53,970
Illinois 2,610 0.47 1.30 $24.83 $51,650
Indiana 890 0.33 0.90 $24.74 $51,450
Washington 300 0.11 0.30 $24.56 $51,080

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,120 1.25 3.44 $25.60 $53,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.92 2.53 $20.56 $42,770
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.52 4.18 $21.46 $44,630
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.38 1.04 $25.33 $52,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.53 1.46 $23.59 $49,070
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,030 1.07 2.94 $23.56 $49,000
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 2.87 7.89 $27.58 $57,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 0.18 0.49 $20.01 $41,620
Richmond, VA 880 1.51 4.15 $21.30 $44,300
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 810 0.83 2.29 $21.51 $44,750




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)
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 290 4.34 11.92 $23.66 $49,220
Decatur, AL 210 4.13 11.35 $23.22 $48,290
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 570 3.69 10.13 $24.56 $51,070
Lima, OH 160 3.32 9.11 $29.11 $60,550
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 2.87 7.89 $27.58 $57,360
Mobile, AL 460 2.73 7.51 $24.75 $51,480
Charleston, WV 320 2.26 6.21 $23.22 $48,290
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 200 1.77 4.85 $21.35 $44,420
Baton Rouge, LA 600 1.69 4.66 $24.65 $51,260
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 260 1.65 4.53 $24.23 $50,400




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lima, OH 160 3.32 9.11 $29.11 $60,550
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 2.87 7.89 $27.58 $57,360
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 40 0.27 0.75 $27.50 $57,190
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 300 0.71 1.96 $26.96 $56,080
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.32 0.87 $26.58 $55,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.20 0.56 $26.45 $55,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,120 1.25 3.44 $25.60 $53,260
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 300 0.60 1.64 $25.35 $52,720
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.38 1.04 $25.33 $52,690
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.00 $52,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 590 2.71 7.44 $22.19 $46,160
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 440 3.01 8.28 $25.74 $53,540
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 1.79 4.92 $24.03 $49,990
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 290 2.76 7.59 $20.44 $42,520
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 230 1.70 4.67 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 440 3.01 8.28 $25.74 $53,540
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 290 2.76 7.59 $20.44 $42,520
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 590 2.71 7.44 $22.19 $46,160
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.86 5.10 $24.67 $51,320
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 1.79 4.92 $24.03 $49,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 160 1.01 2.76 $27.78 $57,780
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.45 1.23 $27.20 $56,580
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 440 3.01 8.28 $25.74 $53,540
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 180 1.45 3.99 $25.43 $52,900
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.85 $51,680


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011