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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes “Chemical Plant and System Operators” (51-8091).


National estimates for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
106,170 1.5 % $ 25.22 $ 52,450 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.51 $ 18.08 $ 23.12 $ 29.66 $ 38.03
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,180 $ 37,610 $ 48,090 $ 61,690 $ 79,100


Industry profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 57,400 16.34 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 22,540 7.18 $ 22.49 $ 46,780
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 16,790 9.49 $ 21.25 $ 44,200
Plastics Product Manufacturing 830 0.14 $ 27.90 $ 58,040
Employment Services 740 0.02 $ 18.82 $ 39,140

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 57,400 16.34 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 16,790 9.49 $ 21.25 $ 44,200
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 22,540 7.18 $ 22.49 $ 46,780
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 590 1.06 $ 27.13 $ 56,430
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 710 0.68 $ 36.10 $ 75,080

Top paying industries for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 710 0.68 $ 36.10 $ 75,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 (7) $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 510 0.58 $ 30.19 $ 62,800
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) (8) (8) $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Plastics Product Manufacturing 830 0.14 $ 27.90 $ 58,040


Geographic profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

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



Map of employment of chemical equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 12,400 1.01 1.35 $ 31.14 $ 64,760
New Jersey 6,840 1.78 2.36 $ 24.01 $ 49,940
California 6,090 0.37 0.49 $ 25.26 $ 52,540
Ohio 5,970 1.15 1.52 $ 24.18 $ 50,280
Pennsylvania 5,860 1.05 1.39 $ 23.08 $ 48,000


Map of location quotient of chemical equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,340 2.04 2.70 $ 26.72 $ 55,580
Delaware 850 1.96 2.60 $ 30.91 $ 64,280
Tennessee 5,380 1.80 2.39 $ 24.56 $ 51,090
Kentucky 3,290 1.79 2.38 $ 26.17 $ 54,430
New Jersey 6,840 1.78 2.36 $ 24.01 $ 49,940


Map of annual mean wages of chemical equipment operators and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 300 1.15 1.53 $ 38.82 $ 80,740
Montana 70 0.15 0.19 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Louisiana 2,510 1.40 1.86 $ 34.74 $ 72,260
Texas 12,400 1.01 1.35 $ 31.14 $ 64,760
Delaware 850 1.96 2.60 $ 30.91 $ 64,280



Map of employment of chemical equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Chemical Equipment 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 7,230 0.83 1.11 $ 23.45 $ 48,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,720 1.97 2.62 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,810 1.44 1.91 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,750 0.89 1.18 $ 24.64 $ 51,240
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,550 2.00 2.65 $ 24.29 $ 50,530
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,430 0.68 0.90 $ 24.15 $ 50,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,040 0.36 0.47 $ 23.77 $ 49,440
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,560 1.52 2.02 $ 24.78 $ 51,540
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,460 1.51 2.01 $ 23.76 $ 49,420
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,280 0.71 0.94 $ 25.04 $ 52,090


Map of location quotient of chemical equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, MI 800 23.12 30.68 $ 31.88 $ 66,310
Decatur, AL 370 6.75 8.95 $ 32.60 $ 67,810
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 990 6.71 8.91 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
East Stroudsburg, PA 330 6.16 8.18 $ 19.43 $ 40,420
Sheboygan, WI 300 5.21 6.92 $ 21.51 $ 44,750
Evansville, IN-KY 610 4.17 5.53 $ 23.21 $ 48,270
Spartanburg, SC 640 4.10 5.45 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 540 4.07 5.40 $ 24.27 $ 50,490
Johnson City, TN 310 3.97 5.26 $ 25.18 $ 52,380
Longview, WA 140 3.71 4.93 $ 33.98 $ 70,680


Map of annual mean wages of chemical equipment operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Billings, MT 30 0.40 0.53 $ 42.51 $ 88,420
Baton Rouge, LA 1,190 3.24 4.29 $ 36.56 $ 76,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,720 1.97 2.62 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 990 6.71 8.91 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
Longview, WA 140 3.71 4.93 $ 33.98 $ 70,680
Kennewick-Richland, WA 160 1.35 1.79 $ 33.04 $ 68,710
Decatur, AL 370 6.75 8.95 $ 32.60 $ 67,810
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 0.70 0.93 $ 32.46 $ 67,520
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 90 0.85 1.13 $ 32.13 $ 66,830
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 330 2.25 2.99 $ 32.09 $ 66,750

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 830 3.12 4.14 (8) (8)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 700 4.87 6.46 $ 26.91 $ 55,980
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 610 1.95 2.59 $ 25.22 $ 52,450
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 570 2.27 3.01 $ 24.24 $ 50,420
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 570 2.37 3.14 $ 28.44 $ 59,160

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 530 5.82 7.72 $ 28.00 $ 58,240
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 420 5.43 7.20 $ 22.45 $ 46,690
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 700 4.87 6.46 $ 26.91 $ 55,980
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 4.61 6.11 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 460 3.65 4.84 $ 24.51 $ 50,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.83 2.42 $ 43.89 $ 91,300
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.73 2.29 $ 34.41 $ 71,580
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 4.61 6.11 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 0.62 $ 29.45 $ 61,260
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.72 0.95 $ 28.77 $ 59,840


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.

(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 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