Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.


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)
489,750 0.7 % $18.46 $38,400 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.01 $12.79 $16.99 $22.54 $29.06
Annual Wage (2) $20,820 $26,610 $35,330 $46,870 $60,440


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 35,100 1.02 $15.01 $31,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 25,260 1.85 $19.91 $41,410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 21,040 4.28 $26.28 $54,660
Plastics Product Manufacturing 20,170 3.76 $16.01 $33,300
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 18,000 3.37 $17.56 $36,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 4,710 5.77 $16.99 $35,340
Apparel Knitting Mills 750 5.65 $12.19 $25,350
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,550 4.83 $13.33 $27,730
Fabric Mills 2,650 4.75 $14.57 $30,300
Foundries 5,920 4.70 $17.72 $36,860

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 1,180 0.30 $32.39 $67,370
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 260 2.49 $28.78 $59,870
Natural Gas Distribution 830 0.75 $28.33 $58,930
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 370 1.29 $28.24 $58,740
Other Pipeline Transportation 170 2.34 $27.54 $57,280


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 49,350 3.26 0.90 $19.40 $40,360
Texas 46,390 4.13 1.14 $18.73 $38,960
Ohio 27,220 5.23 1.44 $17.77 $36,950
Michigan 26,120 6.41 1.77 $16.65 $34,640
Illinois 21,570 3.74 1.03 $17.61 $36,640



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 19,750 6.80 1.88 $17.22 $35,820
Michigan 26,120 6.41 1.77 $16.65 $34,640
Kentucky 11,340 6.27 1.73 $17.66 $36,740
South Carolina 11,250 6.00 1.65 $17.17 $35,700
Alabama 10,260 5.52 1.52 $15.25 $31,710



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 550 1.68 0.46 $32.20 $66,980
North Dakota 1,280 2.91 0.80 $29.81 $62,010
District of Columbia 80 0.12 0.03 $27.49 $57,170
Washington 11,340 3.91 1.08 $25.42 $52,880
Wyoming 790 2.79 0.77 $24.64 $51,240




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 15,440 5.43 1.50 $20.30 $42,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,170 3.74 1.03 $19.18 $39,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,200 3.25 0.90 $17.59 $36,590
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 8,230 7.19 1.98 $17.32 $36,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,350 4.93 1.36 $27.84 $57,900
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,180 4.84 1.34 $19.01 $39,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,100 3.17 0.87 $18.42 $38,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,610 2.77 0.76 $16.94 $35,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,150 1.14 0.31 $18.20 $37,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 6,130 3.36 0.93 $20.59 $42,820