Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes "Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).


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)
41,430 2.7 % $19.39 $40,340 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.95 $14.06 $18.55 $23.68 $28.89
Annual Wage (2) $22,770 $29,240 $38,570 $49,260 $60,080


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)
Beverage Manufacturing 10,080 5.73 $19.55 $40,650
Dairy Product Manufacturing 4,990 3.79 $17.92 $37,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,160 1.55 $23.08 $48,000
Grain and Oilseed Milling 2,220 3.71 $19.52 $40,590
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 2,110 1.47 $19.47 $40,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beverage Manufacturing 10,080 5.73 $19.55 $40,650
Dairy Product Manufacturing 4,990 3.79 $17.92 $37,280
Grain and Oilseed Milling 2,220 3.71 $19.52 $40,590
Metal Ore Mining 1,350 3.18 $23.24 $48,340
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,810 1.68 $21.63 $44,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing (8) (8) $30.94 $64,340
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 720 0.86 $24.58 $51,120
Metal Ore Mining 1,350 3.18 $23.24 $48,340
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 4,160 1.55 $23.08 $48,000
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 760 0.83 $22.97 $47,770


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 7,130 0.50 1.57 $19.32 $40,180
North Carolina 3,290 0.85 2.67 $24.97 $51,930
Texas 2,770 0.26 0.82 $19.61 $40,780
Illinois 1,820 0.32 1.01 $17.97 $37,380
Pennsylvania 1,750 0.31 0.99 $19.63 $40,830




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)
Vermont 330 1.11 3.50 $16.65 $34,630
North Carolina 3,290 0.85 2.67 $24.97 $51,930
Idaho 480 0.80 2.50 $16.46 $34,240
Wyoming 220 0.79 2.48 $35.17 $73,150
Oregon 1,160 0.72 2.27 $16.81 $34,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 220 0.79 2.48 $35.17 $73,150
Massachusetts 260 0.08 0.25 $26.25 $54,600
Nevada 530 0.47 1.47 $25.26 $52,540
North Carolina 3,290 0.85 2.67 $24.97 $51,930
Alabama 360 0.20 0.62 $22.68 $47,180





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)
Napa, CA 1,160 18.59 58.48 $17.63 $36,660
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 960 0.53 1.65 $20.15 $41,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 850 0.32 1.02 $23.41 $48,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 0.55 $19.43 $40,400
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 670 3.87 12.17 $25.25 $52,520
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 640 0.64 2.01 $16.92 $35,190
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 580 2.13 6.69 $28.24 $58,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 520 0.10 0.32 $17.71 $36,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.53 1.65 $23.94 $49,800
Visalia-Porterville, CA 500 3.83 12.03 $20.85 $43,380




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)
Napa, CA 1,160 18.59 58.48 $17.63 $36,660
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 670 3.87 12.17 $25.25 $52,520
Visalia-Porterville, CA 500 3.83 12.03 $20.85 $43,380
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 410 3.11 9.76 $24.36 $50,670
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 210 3.05 9.58 $11.78 $24,510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 250 2.44 7.68 $16.88 $35,100
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 190 2.25 7.08 $17.35 $36,080
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 580 2.13 6.69 $28.24 $58,730
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 200 2.07 6.52 $16.36 $34,030
Portsmouth, NH-ME 100 1.77 5.56 $20.38 $42,380




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.59 1.87 $30.44 $63,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 180 0.10 0.32 $29.24 $60,810
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 580 2.13 6.69 $28.24 $58,730
Duluth, MN-WI 140 1.12 3.53 $26.37 $54,840
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $26.35 $54,810
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 670 3.87 12.17 $25.25 $52,520
Stockton, CA 190 0.99 3.12 $24.37 $50,680
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 410 3.11 9.76 $24.36 $50,670
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.19 0.59 $24.32 $50,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.53 1.65 $23.94 $49,800

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 530 1.84 5.79 $21.69 $45,120
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 360 6.37 20.05 $27.07 $56,310
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 350 2.28 7.16 $17.16 $35,690
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 290 1.95 6.14 $24.10 $50,130
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 270 1.18 3.72 $17.31 $36,000

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)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 180 6.60 20.76 $16.86 $35,080
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 360 6.37 20.05 $27.07 $56,310
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 6.13 19.28 $20.96 $43,600
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 3.33 10.46 $35.92 $74,710
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 2.74 8.61 $20.26 $42,140

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 210 3.33 10.46 $35.92 $74,710
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.94 $30.00 $62,390
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 360 6.37 20.05 $27.07 $56,310
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 2.94 $26.68 $55,490
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.78 2.45 $24.18 $50,290


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