Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
378,560 1.3 % $14.31 $29,770 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $10.25 $13.02 $17.14 $22.31
Annual Wage (2) $18,860 $21,330 $27,080 $35,650 $46,400


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 68,060 1.90 $12.10 $25,170
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 24,030 8.54 $14.52 $30,210
Beverage Manufacturing 23,680 11.53 $18.10 $37,650
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 21,920 13.31 $14.65 $30,480
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 21,620 4.46 $13.04 $27,110

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 21,920 13.31 $14.65 $30,480
Dairy Product Manufacturing 17,680 12.94 $16.31 $33,930
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 13,060 12.54 $14.61 $30,380
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,580 11.89 $22.04 $45,840
Grain and Oilseed Milling 6,980 11.74 $16.87 $35,090

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) 40 (7) $26.04 $54,160
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,580 11.89 $22.04 $45,840
Local Government (OES Designation) 220 (7) $20.56 $42,770
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 180 0.20 $19.81 $41,200
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,360 1.38 $18.55 $38,580


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 48,730 3.14 1.15 $13.97 $29,060
Illinois 23,360 3.99 1.45 $14.22 $29,580
Texas 22,130 1.91 0.70 $12.75 $26,520
Ohio 19,760 3.74 1.36 $15.52 $32,280
Wisconsin 16,650 6.01 2.19 $15.11 $31,420



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 16,650 6.01 2.19 $15.11 $31,420
Vermont 1,360 4.49 1.64 $15.35 $31,920
Kentucky 8,180 4.45 1.62 $14.14 $29,410
Nebraska 3,880 4.07 1.48 $14.76 $30,700
Iowa 6,110 4.00 1.46 $15.39 $32,010



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 290 1.04 0.38 $19.96 $41,510
Delaware 830 1.92 0.70 $16.95 $35,250
New Hampshire 1,060 1.66 0.61 $16.07 $33,420
Pennsylvania 16,510 2.89 1.05 $15.95 $33,170
Missouri 7,600 2.80 1.02 $15.93 $33,140




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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 16,320 4.57 1.66 $14.40 $29,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,930 3.15 1.15 $13.55 $28,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,160 1.72 0.63 $13.24 $27,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 8,400 3.39 1.23 $13.27 $27,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,420 3.41 1.24 $14.32 $29,790
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,550 5.40 1.97 $16.39 $34,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,980 2.14 0.78 $12.91 $26,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,880 1.66 0.61 $13.51 $28,110
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,570 3.00 1.09 $11.75 $24,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,560 3.48 1.27 $13.13 $27,300