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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


National estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,500 2.4 % $ 20.63 $ 42,910 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.04 $ 16.90 $ 19.42 $ 23.24 $ 28.83
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,200 $ 35,150 $ 40,390 $ 48,330 $ 59,970


Industry profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,420 0.66 $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,710 1.12 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 460 0.27 $ 19.33 $ 40,210
Warehousing and Storage 340 0.02 $ 22.65 $ 47,120
Beverage Manufacturing 230 0.08 $ 17.52 $ 36,440

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,710 1.12 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,420 0.66 $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 170 0.55 $ 12.67 $ 26,340
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 460 0.27 $ 19.33 $ 40,210
Animal Food Manufacturing 180 0.26 $ 18.36 $ 38,180

Top paying industries for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warehousing and Storage 340 0.02 $ 22.65 $ 47,120
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,710 1.12 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Other Food Manufacturing 30 0.01 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,420 0.66 $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 100 0.01 $ 19.56 $ 40,690


Geographic profile for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

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



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


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 1,130 0.42 7.80 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Texas 600 0.05 0.92 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
California 520 0.03 0.59 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Arkansas 520 0.44 8.19 $ 22.93 $ 47,690
North Carolina 370 0.08 1.58 $ 19.42 $ 40,390


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


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 520 0.44 8.19 $ 22.93 $ 47,690
Missouri 1,130 0.42 7.80 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Iowa 240 0.16 3.07 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
Nebraska 150 0.15 2.87 $ 22.54 $ 46,870
Mississippi 160 0.15 2.77 $ 17.60 $ 36,610


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


Top paying states for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 70 0.02 0.32 $ 27.32 $ 56,830
Pennsylvania 250 0.05 0.85 $ 25.67 $ 53,400
Kansas 160 0.12 2.27 $ 25.51 $ 53,060
Tennessee 130 0.04 0.84 $ 22.99 $ 47,810
Washington 80 0.03 0.48 $ 22.94 $ 47,720



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


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.82 15.46 $ 23.24 $ 48,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.06 1.20 $ 17.19 $ 35,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.28 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.12 2.19 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 110 0.02 0.37 $ 20.15 $ 41,920
Gainesville, GA 110 1.26 23.59 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 0.70 $ 19.94 $ 41,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 90 0.03 0.49 $ 28.27 $ 58,810
Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 0.52 9.76 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
St. Cloud, MN 60 0.62 11.62 $ 17.67 $ 36,760


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


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, GA 110 1.26 23.59 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.82 15.46 $ 23.24 $ 48,330
St. Cloud, MN 60 0.62 11.62 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 0.52 9.76 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
Rochester, MN 40 0.35 6.66 $ 22.26 $ 46,310
Fort Smith, AR-OK 30 0.32 5.98 $ 18.70 $ 38,890
Modesto, CA 50 0.27 5.06 $ 22.73 $ 47,270
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 2.27 $ 24.74 $ 51,450
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.12 2.19 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.06 1.20 $ 17.19 $ 35,760


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 50 0.02 0.37 $ 29.50 $ 61,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 90 0.03 0.49 $ 28.27 $ 58,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 50 0.02 0.31 $ 27.39 $ 56,960
Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 0.52 9.76 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 2.27 $ 24.74 $ 51,450
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.12 2.19 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.82 15.46 $ 23.24 $ 48,330
Modesto, CA 50 0.27 5.06 $ 22.73 $ 47,270
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 22.40 $ 46,590
Rochester, MN 40 0.35 6.66 $ 22.26 $ 46,310

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.75 14.10 $ 18.36 $ 38,190
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.56 29.25 (8) (8)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 11.35 $ 14.47 $ 30,090
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.28 5.26 $ 23.54 $ 48,960
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 9.56 $ 18.85 $ 39,200

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.56 29.25 (8) (8)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.82 15.39 $ 16.53 $ 34,380
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.75 14.10 $ 18.36 $ 38,190
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 11.35 $ 14.47 $ 30,090
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 10.79 $ 25.35 $ 52,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 10.79 $ 25.35 $ 52,730
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 3.17 $ 24.09 $ 50,110
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.28 5.26 $ 23.54 $ 48,960
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 6.12 $ 21.89 $ 45,520
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 6.74 $ 21.52 $ 44,760


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.

(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