Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
8,960 4.0 % $14.82 $30,830 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.02 $10.63 $14.09 $18.51 $22.01
Annual Wage (2) $18,770 $22,100 $29,320 $38,500 $45,790


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)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,970 2.29 $17.74 $36,890
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,460 0.50 $11.56 $24,040
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 890 0.53 $15.76 $32,780
Beverage Manufacturing 860 0.52 $13.31 $27,690
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 380 1.15 $14.51 $30,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,970 2.29 $17.74 $36,890
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 380 1.15 $14.51 $30,190
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 890 0.53 $15.76 $32,780
Beverage Manufacturing 860 0.52 $13.31 $27,690
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,460 0.50 $11.56 $24,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,970 2.29 $17.74 $36,890
Support Activities for Crop Production 30 0.01 $16.85 $35,060
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 210 0.03 $16.33 $33,970
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 890 0.53 $15.76 $32,780
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 140 0.05 $15.74 $32,740


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)
Mississippi 750 0.70 9.96 $11.09 $23,060
California 500 0.04 0.51 $16.02 $33,330
Arkansas 430 0.38 5.38 $11.75 $24,430
Texas 420 0.04 0.60 $11.66 $24,260
Arizona 350 0.15 2.07 $14.57 $30,310




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)
Mississippi 750 0.70 9.96 $11.09 $23,060
Arkansas 430 0.38 5.38 $11.75 $24,430
Nebraska 270 0.30 4.20 $16.04 $33,360
Iowa 320 0.22 3.15 (8) (8)
Oklahoma 290 0.19 2.74 $12.48 $25,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.89 $20.12 $41,850
Ohio 250 0.05 0.72 $18.43 $38,340
Oregon 110 0.07 1.02 $18.15 $37,760
Pennsylvania 310 0.06 0.81 $17.92 $37,260
Missouri 180 0.07 0.97 $17.91 $37,260

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)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 220 0.49 6.98 $16.60 $34,530
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 200 0.06 0.81 $14.45 $30,060
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 180 0.94 13.28 $11.93 $24,810
Jackson, MS 140 0.58 8.29 $10.33 $21,490
Modesto, CA 110 0.70 9.96 $18.31 $38,080
Syracuse, NY 90 0.29 4.13 $14.77 $30,720
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.89 $20.62 $42,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 80 0.03 0.47 $15.59 $32,420
Oklahoma City, OK 80 0.14 1.97 (8) (8)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 0.79 11.17 $16.37 $34,040




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 180 0.94 13.28 $11.93 $24,810
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.90 12.76 $12.42 $25,830
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 0.79 11.17 $16.37 $34,040
Modesto, CA 110 0.70 9.96 $18.31 $38,080
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.61 8.63 $13.67 $28,440
Jackson, MS 140 0.58 8.29 $10.33 $21,490
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 220 0.49 6.98 $16.60 $34,530
Syracuse, NY 90 0.29 4.13 $14.77 $30,720
Lancaster, PA 60 0.29 4.04 $19.04 $39,600
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.19 2.65 $17.77 $36,960




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $23.35 $48,570
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.89 $20.62 $42,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.24 $20.09 $41,790
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $20.04 $41,680
Lancaster, PA 60 0.29 4.04 $19.04 $39,600
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.13 1.82 $18.61 $38,700
Modesto, CA 110 0.70 9.96 $18.31 $38,080
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.19 2.65 $17.77 $36,960
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.05 0.72 $17.16 $35,700
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $35,070

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 270 2.20 31.26 $10.21 $21,230
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 0.88 12.47 $11.29 $23,480
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 19.67 (8) (8)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.92 13.00 $10.14 $21,100
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 14.13 $12.11 $25,200

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 270 2.20 31.26 $10.21 $21,230
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 19.67 (8) (8)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 14.13 $12.11 $25,200
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.92 13.00 $10.14 $21,100
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 260 0.88 12.47 $11.29 $23,480

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 4.36 $18.75 $39,010
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.54 $36,490
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 2.63 $15.33 $31,890
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 3.08 $15.06 $31,320
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.55 $28,190


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