Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.


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)
372,210 1.3 % $13.82 $28,740 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.54 $9.77 $12.65 $16.84 $21.39
Annual Wage (2) $17,770 $20,330 $26,310 $35,020 $44,500


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 62,770 1.92 $11.20 $23,300
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 22,670 8.17 $14.64 $30,440
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 22,540 13.53 $14.05 $29,210
Beverage Manufacturing 20,790 11.34 $17.27 $35,920
Other Food Manufacturing 20,300 11.37 $14.58 $30,320

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 22,540 13.53 $14.05 $29,210
Dairy Product Manufacturing 17,300 13.01 $15.49 $32,220
Grain and Oilseed Milling 7,660 12.92 $16.01 $33,290
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 13,080 12.61 $14.60 $30,370
Other Food Manufacturing 20,300 11.37 $14.58 $30,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $24.47 $50,900
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,110 8.17 $21.89 $45,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 220 (7) $20.43 $42,490
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,830 1.88 $18.63 $38,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 140 0.03 $17.33 $36,040


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 42,610 2.90 1.03 $13.65 $28,400
Illinois 22,830 4.00 1.43 $13.28 $27,620
Texas 21,040 1.93 0.69 $12.27 $25,520
Ohio 19,460 3.80 1.35 $14.62 $30,410
Wisconsin 18,920 6.99 2.49 $14.21 $29,560




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)
Wisconsin 18,920 6.99 2.49 $14.21 $29,560
Vermont 1,760 5.90 2.10 $14.18 $29,480
Iowa 7,870 5.27 1.88 $14.13 $29,380
Kentucky 9,300 5.22 1.86 $13.40 $27,880
Tennessee 12,050 4.46 1.59 $13.95 $29,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 430 1.53 0.55 $19.90 $41,400
Pennsylvania 16,640 2.96 1.06 $15.94 $33,150
Colorado 3,520 1.53 0.55 $15.70 $32,660
New Hampshire 760 1.23 0.44 $15.61 $32,480
Missouri 10,790 4.09 1.46 $15.20 $31,610





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 15,850 4.28 1.53 $13.13 $27,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,890 3.24 1.15 $12.68 $26,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,050 3.49 1.24 $13.89 $28,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,240 1.38 0.49 $12.41 $25,810
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,230 6.42 2.29 $14.49 $30,140
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 5,140 5.16 1.84 $14.72 $30,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,910 1.78 0.63 $12.35 $25,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,850 2.71 0.97 $14.21 $29,570
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,760 3.69 1.31 $16.14 $33,580
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 4,750 4.84 1.72 $12.47 $25,940