Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.


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)
354,810 1.2 % $13.44 $27,950 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.47 $9.66 $12.32 $16.46 $20.63
Annual Wage (2) $17,620 $20,090 $25,620 $34,230 $42,920


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 49,310 1.67 $10.95 $22,770
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 25,910 15.59 $13.66 $28,410
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 21,340 8.02 $14.73 $30,650
Beverage Manufacturing 19,430 11.49 $16.15 $33,580
Other Food Manufacturing 19,230 11.44 $13.88 $28,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 25,910 15.59 $13.66 $28,410
Dairy Product Manufacturing 16,370 12.45 $15.58 $32,400
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,770 11.96 $19.56 $40,680
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 11,920 11.89 $13.81 $28,730
Grain and Oilseed Milling 6,650 11.54 $16.20 $33,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 80 (7) $23.46 $48,790
Local Government (OES Designation) 200 (7) $20.06 $41,730
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,770 11.96 $19.56 $40,680
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,410 1.63 $19.44 $40,430
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,030 1.86 $17.58 $36,560


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 44,300 3.16 1.14 $12.77 $26,560
Texas 24,020 2.33 0.84 $12.17 $25,320
Pennsylvania 20,560 3.71 1.34 $15.17 $31,560
Wisconsin 18,840 7.12 2.58 $13.77 $28,650
Illinois 18,250 3.27 1.18 $13.30 $27,670




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)
Wisconsin 18,840 7.12 2.58 $13.77 $28,650
Nebraska 4,180 4.62 1.67 $13.26 $27,580
Tennessee 11,510 4.42 1.60 $12.76 $26,540
Indiana 10,790 3.91 1.41 $13.76 $28,630
Missouri 10,090 3.89 1.41 $13.94 $29,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 300 1.12 0.40 $16.66 $34,660
Delaware 1,470 3.65 1.32 $15.53 $32,300
Colorado 3,510 1.61 0.58 $15.35 $31,930
Pennsylvania 20,560 3.71 1.34 $15.17 $31,560
West Virginia 1,750 2.50 0.90 $14.98 $31,170





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 13,410 3.51 1.27 $11.85 $24,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,870 3.04 1.10 $13.17 $27,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,860 3.08 1.11 $12.43 $25,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,360 3.11 1.13 $11.90 $24,750
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,830 1.15 0.42 $12.24 $25,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,540 6.94 2.51 $13.20 $27,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,410 2.98 1.08 $14.84 $30,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,400 3.16 1.14 $13.53 $28,140
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,350 3.14 1.14 $13.39 $27,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,220 1.65 0.60 $12.48 $25,960




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)
Logan, UT-ID 860 17.85 6.45 $14.48 $30,120
Sheboygan, WI 980 17.52 6.33 $12.62 $26,250
Stockton, CA 3,250 16.71 6.04 $11.20 $23,300
New Bedford, MA 1,040 16.60 6.00 $9.13 $18,990
Merced, CA 880 15.28 5.52 $13.54 $28,160
Anderson, IN 570 15.02 5.43 $17.88 $37,180
Napa, CA 900 14.58 5.27 $16.28 $33,860
Danville, IL 370 13.84 5.00 $14.55 $30,260
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 500 13.61 4.92 $14.91 $31,010
Winchester, VA-WV 690 13.35 4.83 $13.05 $27,140