Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
367,700 1.3 % $13.54 $28,160 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.49 $9.69 $12.43 $16.60 $20.80
Annual Wage (2) $17,660 $20,160 $25,860 $34,520 $43,260


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 59,160 1.90 $11.09 $23,060
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 25,640 15.32 $13.80 $28,700
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 21,240 7.93 $14.57 $30,310
Other Food Manufacturing 19,950 11.48 $14.26 $29,650
Beverage Manufacturing 19,320 10.99 $16.16 $33,610

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 25,640 15.32 $13.80 $28,700
Dairy Product Manufacturing 17,180 13.05 $15.46 $32,160
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 12,030 11.72 $13.99 $29,090
Other Food Manufacturing 19,950 11.48 $14.26 $29,650
Beverage Manufacturing 19,320 10.99 $16.16 $33,610

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) 60 (7) $25.03 $52,070
Local Government (OES Designation) 230 (7) $20.02 $41,640
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,100 8.05 $19.82 $41,220
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,560 1.65 $18.90 $39,310
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.07 $18.81 $39,120


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 42,680 2.98 1.06 $13.32 $27,700
Texas 22,900 2.16 0.77 $12.40 $25,800
Illinois 19,060 3.38 1.20 $13.95 $29,010
Pennsylvania 18,590 3.32 1.18 $15.11 $31,430
Wisconsin 18,430 6.89 2.44 $13.89 $28,890




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 18,430 6.89 2.44 $13.89 $28,890
Vermont 1,740 5.92 2.10 $14.01 $29,150
Tennessee 12,800 4.82 1.71 $13.26 $27,590
Iowa 6,930 4.71 1.67 $14.04 $29,210
Missouri 11,260 4.32 1.53 $13.23 $27,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 420 1.52 0.54 $20.34 $42,300
Pennsylvania 18,590 3.32 1.18 $15.11 $31,430
Kansas 4,260 3.22 1.14 $15.03 $31,260
New Hampshire 810 1.32 0.47 $14.83 $30,850
Ohio 16,400 3.24 1.15 $14.54 $30,230





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 13,160 3.61 1.28 $13.78 $28,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,820 3.31 1.17 $12.57 $26,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 7,380 3.26 1.16 $13.40 $27,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,050 1.37 0.48 $11.82 $24,580
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,690 7.06 2.50 $13.52 $28,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,410 2.58 0.91 $12.00 $24,960
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 5,290 5.44 1.93 $11.94 $24,840
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 4,830 8.18 2.90 $13.65 $28,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,680 3.67 1.30 $13.16 $27,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,580 1.73 0.61 $12.65 $26,320