Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
56,030 2.4 % $23.06 $47,950 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.51 $17.14 $22.64 $28.73 $33.94
Annual Wage (2) $28,100 $35,650 $47,100 $59,750 $70,590


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 17,120 11.94 $25.41 $52,850
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,950 9.79 $24.84 $51,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 7,800 2.91 $21.38 $44,470
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 4,050 4.81 $19.66 $40,900
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 3,480 3.39 $19.65 $40,870

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 17,120 11.94 $25.41 $52,850
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,950 9.79 $24.84 $51,670
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 4,050 4.81 $19.66 $40,900
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,620 4.49 $20.23 $42,080
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 1,240 3.43 $20.43 $42,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $26.95 $56,060
Scientific Research and Development Services 450 0.07 $25.98 $54,050
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 17,120 11.94 $25.41 $52,850
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 8,950 9.79 $24.84 $51,670
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,410 1.27 $24.37 $50,690


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 9,110 0.86 2.00 $27.60 $57,410
Illinois 4,390 0.78 1.81 $23.70 $49,300
Pennsylvania 3,970 0.71 1.65 $20.69 $43,030
New Jersey 3,000 0.79 1.84 $22.69 $47,200
Ohio 2,450 0.49 1.13 $21.65 $45,020




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)
Delaware 700 1.73 4.01 $24.02 $49,970
Louisiana 2,410 1.29 3.00 $27.17 $56,500
West Virginia 830 1.17 2.71 $24.18 $50,290
Texas 9,110 0.86 2.00 $27.60 $57,410
Alabama 1,560 0.85 1.99 $24.85 $51,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.31 0.71 $30.55 $63,550
Texas 9,110 0.86 2.00 $27.60 $57,410
Louisiana 2,410 1.29 3.00 $27.17 $56,500
Indiana 1,640 0.58 1.36 $25.58 $53,210
Kansas 320 0.24 0.56 $25.47 $52,990





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 5,030 1.91 4.43 $28.62 $59,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.74 1.73 $24.15 $50,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.03 2.40 $22.09 $45,950
Baton Rouge, LA 1,260 3.48 8.08 $28.59 $59,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.53 1.23 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,100 0.86 2.01 $19.23 $40,000
Pittsburgh, PA 1,060 0.94 2.19 $19.34 $40,230
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 990 1.02 2.36 $21.34 $44,390
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 970 0.97 2.26 $21.15 $43,990
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 2.75 6.41 $28.38 $59,030




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 860 5.49 12.77 $31.07 $64,620
Decatur, AL 240 4.53 10.53 $25.25 $52,520
Lake Charles, LA 320 3.62 8.41 $24.60 $51,160
Baton Rouge, LA 1,260 3.48 8.08 $28.59 $59,460
Evansville, IN-KY 570 3.32 7.71 $32.59 $67,790
Mobile, AL 530 3.14 7.29 $27.71 $57,630
Sheboygan, WI 160 2.91 6.76 $20.51 $42,670
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 2.75 6.41 $28.38 $59,030
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 260 2.58 6.01 $21.95 $45,670
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 170 2.52 5.87 $24.31 $50,570




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.03 $74,940
Evansville, IN-KY 570 3.32 7.71 $32.59 $67,790
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 860 5.49 12.77 $31.07 $64,620
Corpus Christi, TX 220 1.21 2.82 $28.71 $59,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,030 1.91 4.43 $28.62 $59,540
Baton Rouge, LA 1,260 3.48 8.08 $28.59 $59,460
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.35 0.82 $28.56 $59,400
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 2.75 6.41 $28.38 $59,030
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 450 0.88 2.04 $28.23 $58,710
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI (8) (8) (8) $27.97 $58,180

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 400 2.74 6.37 $25.50 $53,040
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 370 2.74 6.38 $24.85 $51,680
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 1.44 3.35 $25.08 $52,170
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.16 5.02 $26.74 $55,610
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 1.91 4.45 $25.38 $52,780

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)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 260 3.73 8.66 $20.65 $42,940
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 400 2.74 6.37 $25.50 $53,040
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 370 2.74 6.38 $24.85 $51,680
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.16 5.02 $26.74 $55,610
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 1.91 4.45 $25.38 $52,780

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.11 2.57 $32.82 $68,260
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.58 $61,530
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 0.81 $28.95 $60,210
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.30 $56,780
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 2.16 5.02 $26.74 $55,610


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013