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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
370,910 1.3 % $ 16.94 $ 35,220 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.38 $ 13.21 $ 15.69 $ 19.54 $ 24.56
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,670 $ 27,490 $ 32,640 $ 40,640 $ 51,080


Industry profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 33,690 1.05 $ 14.75 $ 30,690
Other Food Manufacturing 29,680 13.04 $ 17.34 $ 36,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 29,310 9.83 $ 17.47 $ 36,340
Beverage Manufacturing 27,210 10.40 $ 19.38 $ 40,320
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 26,380 16.01 $ 17.48 $ 36,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,020 20.49 $ 24.85 $ 51,700
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 26,380 16.01 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Dairy Product Manufacturing 22,310 14.87 $ 18.02 $ 37,480
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 22,460 13.15 $ 16.66 $ 34,660
Other Food Manufacturing 29,680 13.04 $ 17.34 $ 36,060

Top paying industries for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 30 (7) $ 28.72 $ 59,730
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,020 20.49 $ 24.85 $ 51,700
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $ 23.67 $ 49,240
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,030 1.13 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 330 0.39 $ 20.68 $ 43,020


Geographic profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 46,750 2.85 1.07 $ 17.38 $ 36,150
Texas 21,610 1.79 0.67 $ 15.26 $ 31,740
Wisconsin 20,490 7.56 2.84 $ 17.69 $ 36,800
Ohio 19,720 3.84 1.44 $ 17.41 $ 36,220
Pennsylvania 19,390 3.52 1.32 $ 17.68 $ 36,780




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 20,490 7.56 2.84 $ 17.69 $ 36,800
Idaho 3,750 5.22 1.96 $ 17.99 $ 37,420
Kentucky 8,710 4.89 1.83 $ 17.97 $ 37,380
Iowa 6,310 4.30 1.61 $ 17.19 $ 35,760
Nebraska 3,980 4.22 1.58 $ 17.41 $ 36,210




Top paying states for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 310 1.17 0.44 $ 22.16 $ 46,090
Maine 1,670 2.90 1.09 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
Missouri 10,960 4.07 1.53 $ 19.17 $ 39,870
Rhode Island 550 1.23 0.46 $ 18.32 $ 38,110
Minnesota 8,290 3.06 1.15 $ 18.28 $ 38,030





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 17,020 1.93 0.72 $ 15.80 $ 32,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,280 2.80 1.05 $ 17.18 $ 35,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 14,800 3.39 1.27 $ 17.24 $ 35,850
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,900 2.20 0.83 $ 16.05 $ 33,380
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 7,520 7.31 2.74 $ 17.82 $ 37,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,550 2.43 0.91 $ 17.30 $ 35,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,690 2.27 0.85 $ 13.57 $ 28,230
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,510 4.24 1.59 $ 20.41 $ 42,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,170 1.99 0.75 $ 16.88 $ 35,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,940 1.88 0.70 $ 17.59 $ 36,580




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Twin Falls, ID 760 16.47 6.17 $ 16.23 $ 33,760
Sheboygan, WI 910 15.76 5.91 $ 17.98 $ 37,400
Logan, UT-ID 900 15.33 5.75 $ 18.61 $ 38,700
Gettysburg, PA 460 15.08 5.66 $ 16.92 $ 35,180
Danville, IL 360 14.13 5.30 $ 19.16 $ 39,850
Enid, OK 320 14.04 5.27 $ 14.44 $ 30,030
St. Joseph, MO-KS 670 12.88 4.83 $ 17.35 $ 36,090
Fond du Lac, WI 550 12.72 4.77 $ 18.63 $ 38,740
Appleton, WI 1,470 12.58 4.72 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Joplin, MO 880 11.51 4.32 $ 16.25 $ 33,790