Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Apprentice workers are classified in the appropriate production occupations (51-0000).


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)
426,670 1.2 % $12.05 $25,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.28 $9.22 $11.13 $14.13 $17.57
Annual Wage (2) $17,230 $19,170 $23,160 $29,390 $36,550


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 124,510 3.80 $10.70 $22,260
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 18,810 3.89 $10.81 $22,490
Printing and Related Support Activities 14,560 3.19 $12.46 $25,920
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,260 2.52 $12.65 $26,310
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 12,180 4.28 $11.32 $23,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 190 5.52 $12.62 $26,260
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 7,070 5.18 $12.10 $25,180
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,300 5.00 $16.06 $33,400
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 3,370 4.92 $11.98 $24,910
Textile Furnishings Mills 2,510 4.81 $12.63 $26,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 730 0.91 $22.17 $46,110
General Freight Trucking (8) (8) $19.54 $40,650
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,850 1.66 $17.11 $35,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 110 0.06 $17.05 $35,460
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $16.99 $35,340


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 44,260 3.01 0.93 $11.86 $24,660
Texas 38,760 3.55 1.10 $11.44 $23,800
Pennsylvania 23,370 4.16 1.29 $13.34 $27,740
Ohio 20,070 3.92 1.22 $12.84 $26,710
Michigan 18,590 4.65 1.44 $12.97 $26,970




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)
Arkansas 9,560 8.29 2.58 $11.74 $24,420
Alabama 13,920 7.55 2.35 $10.89 $22,660
Kentucky 11,910 6.68 2.08 $11.61 $24,150
Indiana 15,840 5.55 1.72 $11.94 $24,830
Wisconsin 13,240 4.89 1.52 $12.84 $26,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 480 1.73 0.54 $16.69 $34,720
Alaska 190 0.60 0.19 $16.28 $33,860
Maryland 3,890 1.53 0.48 $14.44 $30,040
Oregon 2,850 1.74 0.54 $13.92 $28,950
Maine 1,580 2.71 0.84 $13.57 $28,220





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 13,570 3.41 1.06 $11.30 $23,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,630 3.41 1.06 $12.70 $26,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,870 3.94 1.22 $11.83 $24,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,160 5.11 1.59 $11.03 $22,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,220 3.36 1.04 $10.11 $21,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,260 1.19 0.37 $11.23 $23,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,970 2.58 0.80 $10.74 $22,350
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,590 3.85 1.20 $12.20 $25,380
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,290 4.76 1.48 $14.83 $30,860
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,880 2.65 0.82 $13.42 $27,920