Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
8,765,180 0.3 % $16.79 $34,930 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.08 $11.17 $15.03 $20.50 $27.44
Annual Wage (2) $18,890 $23,240 $31,250 $42,650 $57,080


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)
Employment Services 696,330 21.25 $12.23 $25,430
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 326,240 67.39 $12.68 $26,380
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 318,020 63.07 $17.20 $35,770
Plastics Product Manufacturing 305,570 58.15 $15.44 $32,120
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 256,200 69.97 $18.49 $38,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 131,440 73.84 $23.39 $48,640
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 256,200 69.97 $18.49 $38,470
Foundries 88,450 69.48 $16.91 $35,180
Footwear Manufacturing 9,580 68.90 $12.89 $26,800
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 89,450 67.61 $15.67 $32,590

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 58,440 15.08 $34.51 $71,790
Scheduled Air Transportation 920 0.22 $33.59 $69,870
Natural Gas Distribution 11,440 10.50 $33.47 $69,620
Spectator Sports 750 0.57 $31.35 $65,210
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,080 23.96 $30.66 $63,770


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 807,060 54.85 0.83 $16.63 $34,580
Texas 665,050 60.94 0.92 $16.68 $34,700
Ohio 485,370 94.69 1.43 $16.71 $34,760
Illinois 437,280 76.65 1.16 $17.01 $35,390
Michigan 411,600 102.93 1.56 $17.50 $36,390




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 346,100 121.26 1.83 $16.32 $33,950
Wisconsin 307,190 113.57 1.72 $16.88 $35,120
Alabama 197,810 107.27 1.62 $15.85 $32,970
Kentucky 185,200 103.88 1.57 $16.41 $34,130
Iowa 154,370 103.49 1.57 $16.08 $33,440




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 5,340 8.02 0.12 $24.82 $51,620
Wyoming 12,850 46.08 0.70 $22.86 $47,550
Alaska 14,170 43.93 0.66 $20.45 $42,530
Louisiana 117,210 62.17 0.94 $19.76 $41,100
Washington 166,990 59.07 0.89 $19.72 $41,020





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 259,640 65.32 0.99 $15.49 $32,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 259,350 70.08 1.06 $16.65 $34,630
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 191,390 69.40 1.05 $18.47 $38,410
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 146,020 27.86 0.42 $17.21 $35,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 129,680 72.39 1.10 $17.78 $36,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 122,510 53.08 0.80 $15.44 $32,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 117,690 54.75 0.83 $15.10 $31,400
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 117,030 105.23 1.59 $17.50 $36,410
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 104,260 71.78 1.09 $15.97 $33,210
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 91,880 90.96 1.38 $17.00 $35,370