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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.


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)
576,950 0.7 % $20.67 $43,000 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.85 $14.61 $18.82 $24.99 $31.86
Annual Wage (2) $24,660 $30,390 $39,140 $51,990 $66,260


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 43,800 1.19 $17.24 $35,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 28,880 1.93 $22.83 $47,480
Plastics Product Manufacturing 25,650 4.32 $17.91 $37,260
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 24,570 4.08 $20.09 $41,790
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 23,450 4.50 $29.35 $61,040

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel Knitting Mills 570 6.04 $13.73 $28,560
Foundries 6,330 5.28 $20.48 $42,610
Fabric Mills 2,710 5.20 $15.79 $32,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 15,030 5.06 $23.60 $49,090
Rubber Product Manufacturing 6,700 4.91 $20.05 $41,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 370 0.08 $43.68 $90,840
Other Pipeline Transportation 140 1.71 $35.96 $74,790
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,060 0.27 $33.91 $70,540
Natural Gas Distribution 770 0.70 $32.57 $67,750
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 120 0.03 $32.45 $67,500


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 58,360 3.36 0.85 $21.84 $45,420
Texas 52,250 4.20 1.07 $20.96 $43,590
Michigan 32,890 7.57 1.93 $17.96 $37,360
Ohio 32,450 5.96 1.52 $20.60 $42,840
Illinois 29,730 4.93 1.26 $20.12 $41,850




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)
Michigan 32,890 7.57 1.93 $17.96 $37,360
South Carolina 14,060 6.67 1.70 $19.12 $39,770
Indiana 20,330 6.61 1.68 $19.59 $40,740
Kentucky 12,090 6.38 1.62 $19.44 $40,440
Alabama 12,380 6.27 1.60 $16.96 $35,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 220 0.68 0.17 $38.80 $80,710
District of Columbia 80 0.11 0.03 $30.65 $63,760
Washington 12,510 3.77 0.96 $29.09 $60,510
Wyoming 1,150 4.22 1.07 $26.56 $55,240
Connecticut 8,100 4.87 1.24 $25.81 $53,680





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 23,840 3.82 0.97 $21.21 $44,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 22,010 4.71 1.20 $20.35 $42,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 20,240 2.10 0.53 $21.40 $44,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 16,740 5.49 1.40 $21.57 $44,860
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 15,740 7.95 2.02 $18.36 $38,200
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,930 4.08 1.04 $20.48 $42,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 10,550 3.85 0.98 $17.99 $37,410
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 8,760 4.33 1.10 $32.11 $66,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,560 3.83 0.98 $22.07 $45,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,470 2.67 0.68 $24.65 $51,260