Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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)
67,650 3.0 % $23.87 $49,640 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.17 $16.96 $22.70 $29.62 $36.61
Annual Wage (2) $27,390 $35,280 $47,220 $61,620 $76,150


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 20,000 13.47 $26.38 $54,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 9,640 10.40 $26.37 $54,850
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 9,090 3.23 $20.56 $42,770
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,550 6.80 $21.81 $45,370
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 4,200 6.92 $20.74 $43,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 20,000 13.47 $26.38 $54,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 9,640 10.40 $26.37 $54,850
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 4,200 6.92 $20.74 $43,140
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,550 6.80 $21.81 $45,370
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 1,990 5.37 $22.85 $47,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,060 1.86 $31.97 $66,500
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 50 0.08 $27.11 $56,380
Waste Treatment and Disposal 550 0.58 $26.98 $56,110
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 20,000 13.47 $26.38 $54,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 9,640 10.40 $26.37 $54,850


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)
Texas 12,550 1.08 2.21 $29.39 $61,140
Ohio 5,230 0.99 2.02 $22.32 $46,420
Pennsylvania 4,990 0.87 1.78 $21.75 $45,240
New Jersey 3,270 0.84 1.71 $23.64 $49,180
North Carolina 2,850 0.69 1.41 $21.34 $44,390



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)
Delaware 930 2.15 4.38 $25.30 $52,620
West Virginia 1,240 1.75 3.57 $25.97 $54,020
Louisiana 2,170 1.12 2.28 $30.16 $62,740
Texas 12,550 1.08 2.21 $29.39 $61,140
Ohio 5,230 0.99 2.02 $22.32 $46,420



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.28 0.56 $34.09 $70,910
Louisiana 2,170 1.12 2.28 $30.16 $62,740
Texas 12,550 1.08 2.21 $29.39 $61,140
Indiana 1,530 0.52 1.06 $26.48 $55,080
West Virginia 1,240 1.75 3.57 $25.97 $54,020




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,580 2.59 5.28 $31.82 $66,180
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,580 1.56 3.18 $21.03 $43,750
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,530 1.50 3.06 $20.55 $42,750
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.14 2.33 $26.67 $55,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.53 1.08 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,180 3.03 6.17 $33.64 $69,980
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,080 6.57 13.39 $31.31 $65,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.30 0.61 $21.12 $43,920
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,060 3.10 6.32 $25.45 $52,940
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 920 0.89 1.82 $23.31 $48,480



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)
Decatur, AL 370 7.02 14.30 $30.82 $64,100
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,080 6.57 13.39 $31.31 $65,120
Longview, TX 430 4.36 8.88 $33.56 $69,810
Longview, WA 150 4.24 8.63 $37.34 $77,660
Charleston, WV 470 4.03 8.22 $29.01 $60,350
Evansville, IN-KY 570 3.73 7.60 $31.30 $65,100
Lake Charles, LA 320 3.30 6.73 $27.31 $56,810
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,060 3.10 6.32 $25.45 $52,940
Baton Rouge, LA 1,180 3.03 6.17 $33.64 $69,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,580 2.59 5.28 $31.82 $66,180



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)
Longview, WA 150 4.24 8.63 $37.34 $77,660
Corpus Christi, TX 270 1.42 2.89 $35.71 $74,280
Baton Rouge, LA 1,180 3.03 6.17 $33.64 $69,980
Longview, TX 430 4.36 8.88 $33.56 $69,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,580 2.59 5.28 $31.82 $66,180
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,080 6.57 13.39 $31.31 $65,120
Evansville, IN-KY 570 3.73 7.60 $31.30 $65,100
Decatur, AL 370 7.02 14.30 $30.82 $64,100
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $29.69 $61,750
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 310 1.45 2.96 $29.60 $61,570

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 570 5.83 11.88 $25.20 $52,420
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 560 4.07 8.31 $27.11 $56,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 450 2.97 6.06 $25.42 $52,870
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 360 2.37 4.83 $19.04 $39,610
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 1.70 3.47 $29.91 $62,220

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 570 5.83 11.88 $25.20 $52,420
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 560 4.07 8.31 $27.11 $56,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 450 2.97 6.06 $25.42 $52,870
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 2.87 5.86 $29.65 $61,670
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 360 2.37 4.83 $19.04 $39,610

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 1.70 3.47 $29.91 $62,220
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 2.87 5.86 $29.65 $61,670
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 300 2.01 4.10 $28.44 $59,160
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 0.90 1.84 $27.32 $56,830
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 560 4.07 8.31 $27.11 $56,390


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016