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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.


National estimates for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,580 3.2 % $ 17.22 $ 35,820 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.42 $ 14.06 $ 16.87 $ 18.72 $ 22.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,840 $ 29,250 $ 35,090 $ 38,940 $ 47,330


Industry profile for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,710 0.33 $ 14.84 $ 30,870
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 1,290 0.44 $ 16.86 $ 35,080
Employment Services 1,030 0.03 $ 13.47 $ 28,010
Other Food Manufacturing 760 0.32 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 740 0.60 $ 17.69 $ 36,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 740 0.60 $ 17.69 $ 36,780
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 1,290 0.44 $ 16.86 $ 35,080
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 630 0.37 $ 17.76 $ 36,940
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,710 0.33 $ 14.84 $ 30,870
Other Food Manufacturing 760 0.32 $ 18.30 $ 38,060

Top paying industries for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 90 0.17 $ 30.64 $ 63,740
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 100 0.12 $ 26.38 $ 54,880
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 80 0.08 $ 24.95 $ 51,900
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 60 0.08 $ 23.46 $ 48,800
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 50 0.09 $ 23.15 $ 48,160


Geographic profile for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,800 0.11 1.13 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Texas 1,370 0.11 1.17 $ 14.57 $ 30,310
Georgia 830 0.19 1.96 $ 15.38 $ 31,990
Pennsylvania 820 0.15 1.52 $ 20.17 $ 41,950
Michigan 810 0.20 2.07 $ 16.73 $ 34,790


Map of location quotient of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 170 0.25 2.63 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
Oklahoma 330 0.21 2.19 $ 14.51 $ 30,180
Kentucky 390 0.21 2.18 $ 17.43 $ 36,260
Tennessee 610 0.20 2.11 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
Michigan 810 0.20 2.07 $ 16.73 $ 34,790


Map of annual mean wages of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 230 0.06 0.65 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.40 $ 21.35 $ 44,400
Illinois 140 0.02 0.26 $ 20.86 $ 43,380
West Virginia 170 0.25 2.63 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
Pennsylvania 820 0.15 1.52 $ 20.17 $ 41,950



Map of employment of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 470 0.13 1.36 $ 14.59 $ 30,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 430 0.07 0.78 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.46 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.15 1.52 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.10 1.03 $ 15.33 $ 31,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.10 1.08 $ 16.44 $ 34,200
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 220 0.43 4.44 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 220 0.22 2.30 $ 15.49 $ 32,210
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 210 0.12 1.23 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
Salinas, CA 180 1.07 11.10 $ 15.76 $ 32,780


Map of location quotient of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, GA 170 1.95 20.20 $ 14.05 $ 29,220
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.31 13.61 $ 20.76 $ 43,170
Fort Smith, AR-OK 110 1.07 11.11 $ 14.42 $ 29,990
Salinas, CA 180 1.07 11.10 $ 15.76 $ 32,780
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 0.84 8.76 $ 19.62 $ 40,800
Albany, OR 40 0.84 8.69 $ 24.25 $ 50,430
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.50 5.19 $ 18.05 $ 37,540
Stockton-Lodi, CA 110 0.43 4.51 $ 16.43 $ 34,170
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 220 0.43 4.44 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
Athens-Clarke County, GA 40 0.42 4.33 $ 13.55 $ 28,190


Map of annual mean wages of cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Albany, OR 40 0.84 8.69 $ 24.25 $ 50,430
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 0.96 $ 23.56 $ 49,010
Richmond, VA 60 0.10 0.99 $ 22.37 $ 46,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 21.51 $ 44,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 0.73 $ 21.29 $ 44,280
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 40 0.15 1.54 $ 20.88 $ 43,420
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 60 0.11 1.17 $ 20.76 $ 43,190
Provo-Orem, UT 50 0.19 1.94 $ 20.77 $ 43,190
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.31 13.61 $ 20.76 $ 43,170
Knoxville, TN 30 0.09 0.93 $ 20.60 $ 42,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.52 5.40 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 6.44 $ 14.55 $ 30,260
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 9.27 $ 16.53 $ 34,390
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 5.96 $ 14.26 $ 29,670
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 8.21 $ 12.57 $ 26,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.89 9.27 $ 16.53 $ 34,390
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 8.21 $ 12.57 $ 26,150
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 6.56 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 6.44 $ 14.55 $ 30,260
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 6.19 $ 14.01 $ 29,150

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 6.56 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.77 $ 21.61 $ 44,950
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.31 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.52 $ 20.24 $ 42,090
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.79 $ 16.84 $ 35,020


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022