Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
471,750 0.7 % $18.20 $37,860 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.92 $12.69 $16.80 $22.17 $28.71
Annual Wage (2) $20,630 $26,390 $34,940 $46,120 $59,710


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 31,040 0.95 $14.54 $30,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 25,290 1.90 $20.05 $41,710
Plastics Product Manufacturing 21,150 4.03 $15.56 $32,360
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 20,580 4.09 $25.31 $52,650
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 17,190 3.41 $17.68 $36,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel Knitting Mills 750 6.07 $11.13 $23,140
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 4,840 5.98 $16.49 $34,310
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,720 5.28 $13.27 $27,590
Fabric Mills 2,680 4.79 $14.43 $30,020
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 12,710 4.63 $18.24 $37,930

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 1,260 0.32 $32.33 $67,250
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 140 1.56 $27.89 $58,010
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 370 1.32 $27.83 $57,880
Other Pipeline Transportation 130 1.99 $27.78 $57,770
Natural Gas Distribution 870 0.80 $27.39 $56,970


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 47,340 3.22 0.90 $18.99 $39,510
Texas 44,150 4.04 1.14 $18.76 $39,020
Ohio 24,300 4.74 1.33 $17.49 $36,370
Michigan 23,420 5.86 1.65 $17.10 $35,570
Illinois 20,560 3.60 1.01 $17.40 $36,180




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 19,770 6.93 1.95 $16.87 $35,100
Michigan 23,420 5.86 1.65 $17.10 $35,570
South Carolina 10,590 5.80 1.63 $16.55 $34,420
New Hampshire 3,450 5.57 1.56 $18.64 $38,780
Kentucky 9,840 5.52 1.55 $17.26 $35,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 410 1.28 0.36 $31.90 $66,340
District of Columbia 100 0.15 0.04 $26.96 $56,070
Washington 10,810 3.83 1.08 $24.26 $50,470
New Mexico 1,580 2.01 0.57 $23.07 $47,980
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $22.98 $47,800





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,680 5.32 1.50 $20.29 $42,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,920 3.50 0.98 $18.51 $38,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,660 3.15 0.89 $17.32 $36,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 8,000 7.19 2.02 $17.53 $36,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,090 3.30 0.93 $18.19 $37,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,990 4.82 1.35 $27.14 $56,460
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,880 4.73 1.33 $18.73 $38,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,540 1.25 0.35 $19.15 $39,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,880 2.55 0.72 $16.60 $34,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 5,700 3.20 0.90 $19.03 $39,580