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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
93,060 2.8 % $ 25.64 $ 53,330 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.52 $ 18.36 $ 24.29 $ 32.04 $ 39.29
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,200 $ 38,200 $ 50,510 $ 66,650 $ 81,730


Industry profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders: Top

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) 56,220 15.64 $ 27.06 $ 56,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 14,120 4.74 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 12,580 7.36 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,060 0.98 $ 34.39 $ 71,540
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 990 1.78 $ 21.87 $ 45,490

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) 56,220 15.64 $ 27.06 $ 56,280
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 12,580 7.36 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 14,120 4.74 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 990 1.78 $ 21.87 $ 45,490
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 760 1.29 $ 24.83 $ 51,640

Top paying industries for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $ 37.84 $ 78,700
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,060 0.98 $ 34.39 $ 71,540
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 100 0.02 $ 27.41 $ 57,010
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 56,220 15.64 $ 27.06 $ 56,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 180 0.02 $ 26.90 $ 55,950


Geographic profile for Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders: Top

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.





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 14,460 1.19 1.79 $ 29.45 $ 61,250
Ohio 5,280 1.03 1.54 $ 24.46 $ 50,870
Pennsylvania 4,990 0.90 1.35 $ 21.83 $ 45,410
Michigan 4,780 1.22 1.82 $ 27.71 $ 57,630
California 4,630 0.28 0.42 $ 26.24 $ 54,590




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 1,880 2.89 4.32 $ 26.67 $ 55,470
Kansas 2,140 1.60 2.40 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Louisiana 2,870 1.59 2.38 $ 34.66 $ 72,100
Missouri 3,490 1.30 1.94 $ 23.01 $ 47,860
Kentucky 2,220 1.25 1.86 $ 23.96 $ 49,840




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 310 1.17 1.75 $ 42.24 $ 87,850
Alaska 50 0.15 0.23 $ 35.31 $ 73,440
Louisiana 2,870 1.59 2.38 $ 34.66 $ 72,100
Montana 110 0.24 0.35 $ 29.45 $ 61,250
Texas 14,460 1.19 1.79 $ 29.45 $ 61,250





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,890 2.66 3.97 $ 30.67 $ 63,790
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,890 0.55 0.83 $ 24.51 $ 50,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,280 1.22 1.82 $ 23.80 $ 49,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,010 0.69 1.03 $ 25.59 $ 53,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,270 1.75 2.61 $ 24.55 $ 51,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,810 0.51 0.76 $ 20.73 $ 43,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,410 0.24 0.36 $ 26.33 $ 54,770
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,320 1.35 2.01 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,260 1.22 1.83 $ 25.71 $ 53,480
Baton Rouge, LA 1,240 3.33 4.97 $ 34.44 $ 71,630




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 1,110 35.75 53.43 $ 31.44 $ 65,390
Decatur, AL 520 9.68 14.47 $ 32.68 $ 67,980
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,070 7.00 10.47 $ 32.85 $ 68,320
Lake Charles, LA 680 6.71 10.03 $ 32.43 $ 67,460
Evansville, IN-KY 870 5.98 8.93 $ 22.89 $ 47,610
Longview, WA 140 3.70 5.52 $ 30.28 $ 62,970
Baton Rouge, LA 1,240 3.33 4.97 $ 34.44 $ 71,630
Mobile, AL 530 3.12 4.67 $ 29.55 $ 61,470
Winchester, VA-WV 170 2.89 4.33 $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,890 2.66 3.97 $ 30.67 $ 63,790




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 40 0.52 0.78 $ 37.02 $ 77,010
Hattiesburg, MS (8) (8) (8) $ 35.47 $ 73,780
Baton Rouge, LA 1,240 3.33 4.97 $ 34.44 $ 71,630
Lima, OH 90 1.90 2.84 $ 33.91 $ 70,530
Johnson City, TN 180 2.40 3.59 $ 33.12 $ 68,880
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 450 0.86 1.29 $ 32.89 $ 68,400
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,070 7.00 10.47 $ 32.85 $ 68,320
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 290 2.06 3.09 $ 32.72 $ 68,060
Decatur, AL 520 9.68 14.47 $ 32.68 $ 67,980
Lake Charles, LA 680 6.71 10.03 $ 32.43 $ 67,460

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 810 3.01 4.50 $ 36.50 $ 75,910
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 680 4.87 7.28 $ 24.42 $ 50,790
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 530 2.16 3.22 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 480 5.17 7.73 $ 27.38 $ 56,960
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 450 3.54 5.29 $ 26.09 $ 54,280

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 480 5.17 7.73 $ 27.38 $ 56,960
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 680 4.87 7.28 $ 24.42 $ 50,790
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 4.59 6.86 $ 20.82 $ 43,300
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 450 3.54 5.29 $ 26.09 $ 54,280
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 220 3.42 5.11 $ 31.08 $ 64,650

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 240 2.53 3.78 $ 45.71 $ 95,070
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 810 3.01 4.50 $ 36.50 $ 75,910
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 440 2.29 3.43 $ 32.34 $ 67,280
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 300 1.41 2.10 $ 32.09 $ 66,760
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.50 $ 65,520


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.

(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