Table 3. Employment and mean hourly wages for the largest occupations in manufacturing, May 2008

Occupation Employment Percent of total industry employment Mean hourly wage
Team assemblers 833,870 6.1 $14.00
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 487,880 3.6 25.87
Machinists 334,020 2.4 18.17
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 325,310 2.4 12.86
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 324,910 2.4 16.51
Helpers—production workers 320,240 2.3 11.66
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 261,070 1.9 16.30
Maintenance and repair workers, general 246,180 1.8 19.60
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 242,090 1.8 13.51
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 233,010 1.7 30.90
Industry total 13,655,340 100.0 20.80

 

Last Modified Date: November 25, 2009