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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
303,030 1.9 % $14.68 $30,540 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.90 $11.59 $13.99 $17.32 $20.48
Annual Wage (2) $20,590 $24,120 $29,100 $36,030 $42,600


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 78,690 2.14 $13.51 $28,100
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 24,120 4.57 $14.97 $31,140
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,090 4.45 $15.61 $32,470
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 11,710 2.38 $14.53 $30,230
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 10,810 3.44 $14.50 $30,160

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 250 8.42 $14.04 $29,190
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 24,120 4.57 $14.97 $31,140
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,090 4.45 $15.61 $32,470
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 3,560 3.85 $18.79 $39,090
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,400 3.83 $14.36 $29,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $22.59 $46,980
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 $19.17 $39,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 850 0.10 $18.87 $39,250
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 3,560 3.85 $18.79 $39,090
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 500 0.03 $18.62 $38,740


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)
Texas 33,760 2.72 1.32 $14.32 $29,780
California 26,810 1.54 0.75 $14.87 $30,920
Alabama 17,370 8.80 4.27 $12.47 $25,940
Indiana 16,760 5.45 2.64 $14.82 $30,830
Illinois 13,980 2.32 1.12 $15.15 $31,500




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)
Alabama 17,370 8.80 4.27 $12.47 $25,940
Arkansas 9,480 7.78 3.77 $13.56 $28,210
Indiana 16,760 5.45 2.64 $14.82 $30,830
Idaho 2,890 3.97 1.92 $16.23 $33,760
Iowa 6,130 3.96 1.92 $15.94 $33,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 270 0.97 0.47 $17.71 $36,830
North Dakota 600 1.42 0.69 $17.66 $36,730
Washington 3,020 0.91 0.44 $17.53 $36,460
Connecticut 1,440 0.87 0.42 $17.26 $35,910
Wisconsin 7,040 2.45 1.19 $16.63 $34,590





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-Anaheim, CA 12,110 1.94 0.94 $14.30 $29,750
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,340 2.83 1.37 $13.74 $28,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,750 3.20 1.55 $14.78 $30,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,200 1.97 0.95 $15.37 $31,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,650 0.58 0.28 $15.21 $31,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,340 2.71 1.31 $15.07 $31,340
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 4,750 4.49 2.18 $14.05 $29,220
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 4,590 3.68 1.79 $13.01 $27,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,020 1.47 0.71 $13.76 $28,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,940 1.37 0.66 $15.93 $33,130