Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.


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)
20,140 3.1 % $17.83 $37,080 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.14 $13.42 $17.08 $21.67 $26.35
Annual Wage (2) $23,170 $27,910 $35,530 $45,080 $54,810


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)
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 3,090 3.87 $17.76 $36,930
Rubber Product Manufacturing 2,330 1.80 $19.19 $39,920
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 1,690 4.20 $15.40 $32,030
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,260 1.86 $16.85 $35,040
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,030 1.24 $16.08 $33,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 1,690 4.20 $15.40 $32,030
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 3,090 3.87 $17.76 $36,930
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 340 2.86 $18.96 $39,430
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,260 1.86 $16.85 $35,040
Rubber Product Manufacturing 2,330 1.80 $19.19 $39,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 450 1.06 $24.43 $50,820
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 610 0.56 $23.72 $49,340
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 60 0.06 $22.59 $46,980
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 460 0.27 $22.19 $46,150
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $20.99 $43,670


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)
North Carolina 1,360 0.35 2.27 $20.52 $42,680
Ohio 1,350 0.27 1.73 $17.39 $36,170
Texas 1,150 0.11 0.70 $15.43 $32,080
Indiana 1,130 0.40 2.59 $18.71 $38,910
Pennsylvania 990 0.18 1.14 $16.38 $34,070




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)
Alabama 880 0.48 3.13 $17.46 $36,320
Arkansas 540 0.47 3.01 $21.61 $44,940
Iowa 590 0.40 2.58 $16.56 $34,450
Indiana 1,130 0.40 2.59 $18.71 $38,910
Oklahoma 580 0.38 2.46 $18.99 $39,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 540 0.47 3.01 $21.61 $44,940
Virginia 470 0.13 0.84 $21.22 $44,140
Michigan 690 0.18 1.14 $21.12 $43,930
Minnesota 600 0.23 1.46 $20.92 $43,510
North Carolina 1,360 0.35 2.27 $20.52 $42,680





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 390 0.10 0.65 $19.01 $39,550
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 1.84 $15.89 $33,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 310 0.09 0.55 $20.67 $42,990
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 280 0.28 1.82 $16.62 $34,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 270 0.12 0.78 $14.39 $29,930
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.28 $21.62 $44,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.14 0.89 $17.62 $36,660
Morristown, TN 230 5.17 33.44 $13.64 $28,360
Duluth, MN-WI 210 1.74 11.23 $24.98 $51,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 210 0.10 0.65 $15.29 $31,800




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)
Morristown, TN 230 5.17 33.44 $13.64 $28,360
Duluth, MN-WI 210 1.74 11.23 $24.98 $51,970
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 90 1.61 10.42 $18.64 $38,770
Wausau, WI 50 0.85 5.48 $15.22 $31,670
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.75 4.84 $18.17 $37,800
Evansville, IN-KY 110 0.66 4.29 $17.87 $37,170
Medford, OR 40 0.57 3.68 $16.44 $34,190
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.28 $21.62 $44,960
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.44 2.87 $20.11 $41,830
York-Hanover, PA 70 0.38 2.44 $16.10 $33,480




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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 40 0.14 0.92 $28.78 $59,860
Duluth, MN-WI 210 1.74 11.23 $24.98 $51,970
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.17 1.10 $23.16 $48,180
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $22.57 $46,950
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.28 $21.62 $44,960
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.16 1.05 $21.33 $44,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 310 0.09 0.55 $20.67 $42,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.13 0.83 $20.60 $42,850
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.44 2.87 $20.11 $41,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.13 $20.09 $41,780

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 370 1.28 8.29 $23.34 $48,540
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 370 2.71 17.53 $12.98 $26,990
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 360 1.61 10.42 $19.75 $41,070
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.97 6.25 $14.44 $30,040
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.37 8.86 $19.58 $40,720

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 370 2.71 17.53 $12.98 $26,990
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 2.29 14.84 $12.82 $26,660
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 360 1.61 10.42 $19.75 $41,070
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.59 10.31 $23.64 $49,180
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 220 1.37 8.86 $19.58 $40,720

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 3.97 $26.75 $55,650
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.67 $51,320
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.62 $51,210
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.59 10.31 $23.64 $49,180
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 1.28 8.29 $23.34 $48,540


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