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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


National estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,020 4.5 % $ 19.05 $ 39,610 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.59 $ 14.39 $ 18.10 $ 23.19 $ 28.02
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,190 $ 29,920 $ 37,650 $ 48,230 $ 58,290


Industry profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,100 0.58 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,600 1.06 $ 19.34 $ 40,230
Beverage Manufacturing 610 0.23 $ 16.26 $ 33,820
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 510 0.31 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Warehousing and Storage 410 0.03 $ 19.80 $ 41,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,600 1.06 $ 19.34 $ 40,230
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,100 0.58 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 110 0.38 $ 14.40 $ 29,940
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 510 0.31 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Beverage Manufacturing 610 0.23 $ 16.26 $ 33,820

Top paying industries for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) (8) (8) $ 28.42 $ 59,120
Support Activities for Crop Production 190 0.05 $ 21.16 $ 44,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $ 20.88 $ 43,440
Other Food Manufacturing 30 0.01 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Warehousing and Storage 410 0.03 $ 19.80 $ 41,180


Geographic profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,130 0.07 1.19 $ 17.88 $ 37,200
Iowa 570 0.39 6.71 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Texas 530 0.04 0.76 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Missouri 520 0.19 3.33 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Georgia 410 0.10 1.66 $ 17.00 $ 35,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 570 0.39 6.71 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Arkansas 340 0.29 5.06 $ 18.16 $ 37,770
Missouri 520 0.19 3.33 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Mississippi 180 0.17 2.98 $ 17.10 $ 35,580
Nebraska 150 0.16 2.85 $ 19.17 $ 39,870




Top paying states for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 170 0.05 0.79 $ 26.73 $ 55,600
Kansas 190 0.14 2.48 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
Minnesota 400 0.15 2.59 $ 21.87 $ 45,490
Michigan 80 0.02 0.36 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Arizona 50 0.02 0.33 $ 21.29 $ 44,280





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.19 3.37 $ 18.08 $ 37,610
Rochester, MN 180 1.56 27.12 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.31 $ 26.47 $ 55,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 140 0.03 0.55 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 140 0.05 0.91 $ 16.12 $ 33,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 140 0.04 0.66 $ 22.99 $ 47,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 130 0.02 0.39 $ 17.53 $ 36,470
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.40 6.98 $ 16.94 $ 35,230
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.03 0.48 (8) (8)
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.43 7.46 $ 19.83 $ 41,240




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rochester, MN 180 1.56 27.12 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
Gainesville, GA 60 0.63 10.89 $ 18.58 $ 38,640
St. Cloud, MN 60 0.55 9.62 $ 17.71 $ 36,830
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.43 7.46 $ 19.83 $ 41,240
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.40 6.98 $ 16.94 $ 35,230
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.20 3.54 $ 15.34 $ 31,910
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.19 3.37 $ 18.08 $ 37,610
Lancaster, PA 40 0.18 3.17 (8) (8)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 2.09 $ 18.40 $ 38,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 140 0.05 0.91 $ 16.12 $ 33,520




Top paying metropolitan areas for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 30 0.01 0.18 $ 27.40 $ 56,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.31 $ 26.47 $ 55,070
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.04 0.71 $ 24.85 $ 51,700
Rochester, MN 180 1.56 27.12 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 140 0.04 0.66 $ 22.99 $ 47,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 40 0.02 0.34 $ 22.45 $ 46,690
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 21.50 $ 44,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 30 0.01 0.24 $ 21.13 $ 43,950
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $ 19.99 $ 41,580
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.43 7.46 $ 19.83 $ 41,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.64 11.10 $ 16.85 $ 35,040
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.37 6.49 $ 22.13 $ 46,020
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 130 0.43 7.39 $ 18.55 $ 38,570
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 8.73 $ 21.22 $ 44,140
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.06 18.47 $ 19.06 $ 39,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.06 18.47 $ 19.06 $ 39,640
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.64 11.10 $ 16.85 $ 35,040
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 9.60 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 9.58 $ 19.27 $ 40,090
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 9.00 $ 18.21 $ 37,880

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.01 $ 49,940
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.37 6.49 $ 22.13 $ 46,020
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 5.97 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 4.71 $ 21.24 $ 44,180
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 8.73 $ 21.22 $ 44,140


About May 2020 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021