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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
390,540 1.3 % $16.15 $33,590 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.62 $12.30 $14.90 $18.87 $23.83
Annual Wage (2) $22,090 $25,580 $30,990 $39,250 $49,570


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 45,770 1.24 $14.07 $29,270
Beverage Manufacturing 28,940 10.66 $18.90 $39,320
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 27,750 16.47 $16.62 $34,570
Other Food Manufacturing 27,170 12.08 $16.61 $34,550
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 25,690 8.64 $16.89 $35,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,130 20.09 $23.02 $47,890
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 27,750 16.47 $16.62 $34,570
Dairy Product Manufacturing 23,190 15.36 $17.72 $36,860
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 21,280 12.18 $15.87 $33,020
Other Food Manufacturing 27,170 12.08 $16.61 $34,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $27.42 $57,030
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,130 20.09 $23.02 $47,890
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 100 0.02 $22.12 $46,020
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 320 0.37 $19.92 $41,440
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,140 1.23 $19.77 $41,130


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)
California 47,860 2.75 1.04 $16.12 $33,530
Wisconsin 24,360 8.49 3.19 $16.90 $35,160
Texas 22,970 1.85 0.69 $14.82 $30,820
Pennsylvania 19,320 3.27 1.23 $17.03 $35,420
New York 18,860 1.98 0.74 $15.89 $33,060




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)
Wisconsin 24,360 8.49 3.19 $16.90 $35,160
Idaho 4,210 5.79 2.18 $16.44 $34,200
Kentucky 9,430 4.97 1.87 $17.51 $36,430
Nebraska 4,200 4.27 1.61 $17.27 $35,920
Iowa 6,400 4.13 1.55 $16.55 $34,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 420 1.54 0.58 $22.39 $46,560
Missouri 10,720 3.80 1.43 $18.94 $39,390
Minnesota 9,220 3.20 1.20 $17.72 $36,850
Connecticut 2,200 1.32 0.50 $17.62 $36,640
Kentucky 9,430 4.97 1.87 $17.51 $36,430





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 20,240 2.10 0.79 $14.55 $30,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,190 2.60 0.98 $15.39 $32,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 13,820 2.95 1.11 $16.57 $34,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,060 2.48 0.93 $15.52 $32,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,760 2.70 1.02 $15.84 $32,950
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 6,590 6.08 2.29 $17.78 $36,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,880 2.10 0.79 $15.28 $31,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 5,740 4.19 1.57 $19.78 $41,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,710 2.16 0.81 $13.24 $27,540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,180 6.05 2.28 $14.91 $31,020