Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
8,934,050 0.3 % $17.06 $35,490 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.22 $11.36 $15.25 $20.83 $27.85
Annual Wage (2) $19,180 $23,630 $31,720 $43,320 $57,930


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 746,920 21.62 $12.55 $26,110
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 335,710 62.91 $17.23 $35,830
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 325,900 67.18 $12.92 $26,870
Plastics Product Manufacturing 314,040 58.48 $15.56 $32,370
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 258,800 69.71 $18.83 $39,160

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 144,560 76.40 $23.37 $48,610
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 258,800 69.71 $18.83 $39,160
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills 19,380 69.13 $13.40 $27,880
Foundries 86,060 68.40 $17.06 $35,480
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 94,600 68.12 $16.09 $33,460

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 59,020 15.14 $35.61 $74,080
Natural Gas Distribution 12,690 11.55 $34.35 $71,440
Scheduled Air Transportation 970 0.24 $33.38 $69,420
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,380 22.84 $31.84 $66,230
Oil and Gas Extraction 12,730 6.62 $31.38 $65,270


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 829,740 54.88 0.83 $16.93 $35,220
Texas 681,300 60.67 0.92 $17.19 $35,750
Ohio 491,110 94.43 1.43 $17.15 $35,670
Illinois 434,790 75.41 1.14 $17.13 $35,640
Michigan 432,800 106.24 1.61 $17.13 $35,630



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 371,350 127.82 1.93 $16.53 $34,380
Wisconsin 311,250 114.10 1.73 $17.11 $35,590
Alabama 199,730 107.52 1.63 $16.26 $33,820
Michigan 432,800 106.24 1.61 $17.13 $35,630
Kentucky 191,520 105.93 1.60 $16.64 $34,620



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 5,080 7.52 0.11 $25.99 $54,060
Wyoming 13,230 46.79 0.71 $23.77 $49,450
Alaska 13,230 40.71 0.62 $20.52 $42,680
Louisiana 123,840 64.64 0.98 $20.32 $42,270
Washington 174,640 60.26 0.91 $20.10 $41,800




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 263,650 64.99 0.98 $15.79 $32,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 262,080 69.85 1.06 $16.82 $34,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 194,480 68.40 1.03 $18.87 $39,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 146,380 27.15 0.41 $17.37 $36,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 131,230 54.95 0.83 $15.60 $32,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130,000 71.24 1.08 $17.86 $37,150
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 126,800 110.84 1.68 $17.17 $35,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 119,950 53.58 0.81 $15.38 $31,990
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110,250 74.27 1.12 $16.12 $33,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 92,810 62.18 0.94 $21.22 $44,130