Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into 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)
91,400 2.2 % $17.87 $37,160 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.16 $13.18 $17.17 $21.93 $27.19
Annual Wage (2) $21,140 $27,420 $35,710 $45,610 $56,560


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)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 58,030 21.57 $16.99 $35,330
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 19,810 19.45 $22.13 $46,040
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,720 1.27 $16.77 $34,890
Employment Services 2,010 0.06 $11.14 $23,170
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,560 0.39 $16.71 $34,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 58,030 21.57 $16.99 $35,330
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 19,810 19.45 $22.13 $46,040
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,720 1.27 $16.77 $34,890
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 600 0.50 $17.15 $35,670
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,560 0.39 $16.71 $34,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 19,810 19.45 $22.13 $46,040
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.03 $18.71 $38,920
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $18.62 $38,730
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.94 $37,310
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 60 0.02 $17.37 $36,130


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)
Wisconsin 7,910 2.86 4.31 $18.42 $38,310
Pennsylvania 6,680 1.17 1.76 $18.45 $38,390
California 6,610 0.43 0.64 $16.99 $35,340
Texas 5,210 0.45 0.68 $15.92 $33,120
New York 4,920 0.55 0.83 $16.98 $35,320



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 7,910 2.86 4.31 $18.42 $38,310
Arkansas 1,930 1.64 2.47 $20.18 $41,970
South Carolina 3,140 1.63 2.46 $23.43 $48,730
Pennsylvania 6,680 1.17 1.76 $18.45 $38,390
Kentucky 2,140 1.16 1.76 $17.32 $36,030



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $23.65 $49,190
South Carolina 3,140 1.63 2.46 $23.43 $48,730
Maryland 480 0.18 0.28 $22.79 $47,400
Washington 1,500 0.50 0.76 $21.75 $45,240
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) $21.23 $44,160




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 2,900 0.81 1.22 $16.09 $33,460
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.36 0.55 $15.51 $32,270
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,950 21.81 32.90 $20.98 $43,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.40 0.61 $16.53 $34,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.65 0.99 $16.11 $33,520
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 1,410 5.52 8.33 (8) (8)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,380 1.35 2.03 $16.91 $35,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,160 0.62 0.93 $18.28 $38,010
Green Bay, WI 1,140 6.82 10.29 $17.41 $36,220
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,140 1.02 1.54 $17.58 $36,570



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)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,950 21.81 32.90 $20.98 $43,650
Pine Bluff, AR 400 12.64 19.08 $22.00 $45,750
Gettysburg, PA 310 9.69 14.63 $20.33 $42,280
Sheboygan, WI 560 9.59 14.47 $16.18 $33,650
Green Bay, WI 1,140 6.82 10.29 $17.41 $36,220
Glens Falls, NY 350 6.67 10.06 $20.70 $43,060
Altoona, PA 360 6.08 9.17 $17.74 $36,900
Longview, WA 210 5.90 8.90 $24.46 $50,880
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 1,410 5.52 8.33 (8) (8)
York-Hanover, PA 930 5.28 7.96 $16.89 $35,120



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)
Columbia, SC 770 2.12 3.19 $28.54 $59,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 470 1.58 2.38 $26.80 $55,740
Longview, WA 210 5.90 8.90 $24.46 $50,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 0.21 $23.87 $49,650
Richmond, VA 1,030 1.67 2.52 $23.68 $49,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 580 0.66 1.00 $23.66 $49,220
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 110 0.36 0.54 $23.41 $48,690
Wausau, WI 270 3.91 5.89 $23.25 $48,350
Yakima, WA 130 1.52 2.30 $22.97 $47,780
Savannah, GA (8) (8) (8) $22.53 $46,860

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,130 5.57 8.40 $17.80 $37,020
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 630 5.50 8.30 $25.58 $53,200
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 520 1.90 2.86 (8) (8)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 480 1.94 2.93 $12.48 $25,960
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 460 2.53 3.82 $15.69 $32,640

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,130 5.57 8.40 $17.80 $37,020
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 630 5.50 8.30 $25.58 $53,200
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 260 4.08 6.15 $19.81 $41,210
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 3.36 5.07 $28.41 $59,100
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 330 2.59 3.90 $19.28 $40,100

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)
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 3.36 5.07 $28.41 $59,100
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 400 2.59 3.91 $27.16 $56,490
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 2.11 3.18 $26.41 $54,930
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 630 5.50 8.30 $25.58 $53,200
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.21 1.82 $23.49 $48,860


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates