Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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 ; Food Processing Workers, All Other ; 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)
8,594,170 0.3 % $16.59 $34,500 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.02 $11.05 $14.87 $20.26 $27.11
Annual Wage (2) $18,760 $22,990 $30,920 $42,140 $56,380


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 664,670 21.34 $11.91 $24,770
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 324,110 66.80 $12.51 $26,020
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 296,760 62.66 $17.24 $35,870
Plastics Product Manufacturing 293,380 57.28 $15.23 $31,670
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 251,440 70.31 $18.41 $38,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundries 90,380 70.39 $16.85 $35,040
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 251,440 70.31 $18.41 $38,300
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 116,410 68.87 $23.10 $48,040
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills 18,850 67.41 $12.93 $26,880
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 324,110 66.80 $12.51 $26,020

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 60,750 15.26 $33.36 $69,390
Natural Gas Distribution 9,350 8.76 $33.14 $68,940
Postal Service 180 0.03 $31.70 $65,940
Spectator Sports 670 0.51 $31.57 $65,660
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,250 25.92 $30.42 $63,280


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 787,240 55.04 0.83 $16.50 $34,330
Texas 649,510 61.39 0.93 $16.37 $34,060
Ohio 468,520 92.70 1.41 $16.63 $34,580
Illinois 431,250 76.45 1.16 $16.86 $35,070
Pennsylvania 403,780 72.15 1.09 $17.21 $35,800




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 342,050 121.64 1.84 $16.22 $33,740
Wisconsin 300,540 112.42 1.70 $16.78 $34,910
Alabama 190,450 104.39 1.58 $15.64 $32,530
Iowa 153,000 104.03 1.58 $15.82 $32,900
Michigan 394,210 100.61 1.53 $17.48 $36,350




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 (8) (8) (8) $23.90 $49,710
Wyoming 13,260 47.70 0.72 $22.26 $46,300
Alaska 14,400 45.19 0.69 $20.20 $42,010
Louisiana 112,330 60.13 0.91 $19.57 $40,710
Washington 160,020 57.89 0.88 $19.40 $40,340





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 253,120 69.53 1.05 $16.66 $34,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 249,130 64.36 0.98 $15.29 $31,800
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 182,900 69.27 1.05 $18.24 $37,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 144,890 28.10 0.43 $17.08 $35,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 128,450 73.40 1.11 $17.59 $36,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 116,730 55.67 0.84 $15.01 $31,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 116,330 51.44 0.78 $15.40 $32,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 107,700 100.46 1.52 $17.90 $37,230
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 103,330 73.24 1.11 $15.78 $32,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90,880 49.85 0.76 $18.64 $38,770