Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
7,660 5.3 % $14.24 $29,620 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.06 $10.59 $13.31 $17.73 $21.40
Annual Wage (2) $18,850 $22,040 $27,680 $36,880 $44,520


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,310 0.48 $12.79 $26,610
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,950 1.47 $16.31 $33,910
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 850 0.51 $13.80 $28,700
Beverage Manufacturing 770 0.42 $13.42 $27,910
Warehousing and Storage 250 0.03 $15.44 $32,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,950 1.47 $16.31 $33,910
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 210 0.61 $10.79 $22,440
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 850 0.51 $13.80 $28,700
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,310 0.48 $12.79 $26,610
Beverage Manufacturing 770 0.42 $13.42 $27,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) (8) $20.82 $43,300
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.01 $17.87 $37,170
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 80 0.03 $17.00 $35,360
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,950 1.47 $16.31 $33,910
Warehousing and Storage 250 0.03 $15.44 $32,110


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)
Mississippi 670 0.62 10.65 $11.20 $23,290
California 660 0.04 0.77 $13.49 $28,060
Iowa 530 0.35 6.09 $16.65 $34,620
Pennsylvania 490 0.09 1.52 $14.69 $30,550
Arkansas 450 0.39 6.79 $11.58 $24,090




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)
Mississippi 670 0.62 10.65 $11.20 $23,290
Arkansas 450 0.39 6.79 $11.58 $24,090
Iowa 530 0.35 6.09 $16.65 $34,620
Nebraska 250 0.27 4.61 $14.66 $30,490
Indiana 360 0.13 2.17 $15.49 $32,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 120 0.04 0.76 $18.00 $37,440
New Mexico 30 0.04 0.73 $17.67 $36,750
Utah 140 0.11 1.91 $17.61 $36,630
Oregon 140 0.08 1.43 $16.72 $34,790
Iowa 530 0.35 6.09 $16.65 $34,620





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.88 $13.01 $27,070
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.79 13.65 $11.39 $23,700
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.14 2.36 $18.54 $38,570
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 80 0.18 3.16 $13.90 $28,900
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 60 0.08 1.34 $16.61 $34,560
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.58 10.10 $13.40 $27,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.17 $15.96 $33,200
Jackson, MS 50 0.20 3.50 $10.80 $22,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 50 0.04 0.63 $15.61 $32,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.43 $15.66 $32,580




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.79 13.65 $11.39 $23,700
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.58 10.10 $13.40 $27,870
Jackson, MS 50 0.20 3.50 $10.80 $22,450
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 80 0.18 3.16 $13.90 $28,900
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 30 0.17 2.94 $14.41 $29,970
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.14 2.36 $18.54 $38,570
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 60 0.08 1.34 $16.61 $34,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.88 $13.01 $27,070
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 50 0.04 0.63 $15.61 $32,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 0.69 $16.99 $35,340




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.14 2.36 $18.54 $38,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $17.14 $35,640
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 0.69 $16.99 $35,340
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 60 0.08 1.34 $16.61 $34,560
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $16.29 $33,880
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.17 $15.96 $33,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 0.02 0.43 $15.66 $32,580
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 50 0.04 0.63 $15.61 $32,460
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.19 $14.75 $30,680
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $14.55 $30,250

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 36.14 $17.96 $37,360
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 2.16 37.42 $10.08 $20,970
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.41 7.07 $11.53 $23,990
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 12.21 $12.34 $25,670
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 6.94 $12.66 $26,320

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 2.16 37.42 $10.08 $20,970
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 36.14 $17.96 $37,360
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 12.21 $12.34 $25,670
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.41 7.07 $11.53 $23,990
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 6.94 $12.66 $26,320

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 3.47 $19.40 $40,350
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 36.14 $17.96 $37,360
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.08 1.42 $14.40 $29,960
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.23 $29,590
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.04 $29,200


About May 2013 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 mean 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014