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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.


National estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Industry profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Geographic profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

National estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
99,890 2.5 % $ 19.94 $ 41,480 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.57 $ 15.06 $ 19.15 $ 24.04 $ 29.57
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,150 $ 31,320 $ 39,820 $ 50,000 $ 61,510


Industry profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 62,840 23.87 $ 18.99 $ 39,510
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 22,330 24.38 $ 24.91 $ 51,820
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,420 1.13 $ 17.72 $ 36,860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,750 0.33 $ 17.96 $ 37,360
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 780 0.15 $ 15.33 $ 31,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 22,330 24.38 $ 24.91 $ 51,820
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 62,840 23.87 $ 18.99 $ 39,510
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,420 1.13 $ 17.72 $ 36,860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,750 0.33 $ 17.96 $ 37,360
Other Food Manufacturing 380 0.17 $ 17.24 $ 35,860

Top paying industries for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 22,330 24.38 $ 24.91 $ 51,820
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 80 0.02 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 80 0.03 $ 20.05 $ 41,710
Dairy Product Manufacturing 110 0.07 $ 19.58 $ 40,720
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 62,840 23.87 $ 18.99 $ 39,510


Geographic profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 8,350 3.08 4.29 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Pennsylvania 6,960 1.26 1.76 $ 20.95 $ 43,570
Ohio 5,920 1.15 1.60 $ 18.86 $ 39,230
Texas 5,650 0.47 0.65 $ 16.61 $ 34,550
California 4,810 0.29 0.41 $ 19.31 $ 40,160




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 8,350 3.08 4.29 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Arkansas 2,410 2.04 2.85 $ 20.05 $ 41,710
Alabama 3,680 1.93 2.69 $ 23.94 $ 49,800
South Carolina 3,160 1.57 2.18 $ 24.21 $ 50,360
Missouri 3,920 1.46 2.03 $ 20.74 $ 43,150




Top paying states for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,200 0.66 0.92 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
South Carolina 3,160 1.57 2.18 $ 24.21 $ 50,360
Idaho 300 0.42 0.58 $ 24.17 $ 50,260
Alabama 3,680 1.93 2.69 $ 23.94 $ 49,800
Washington 2,060 0.64 0.90 $ 23.67 $ 49,230





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,970 0.91 1.27 $ 18.41 $ 38,290
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,700 0.42 0.58 $ 17.47 $ 36,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,760 0.77 1.07 $ 16.22 $ 33,730
Green Bay, WI 1,760 10.79 15.02 $ 20.31 $ 42,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,750 0.66 0.92 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,720 1.67 2.33 $ 19.42 $ 40,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,670 0.29 0.40 $ 20.29 $ 42,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,440 0.53 0.74 $ 20.29 $ 42,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,350 0.73 1.02 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,330 14.61 20.34 $ 23.05 $ 47,950




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,330 14.61 20.34 $ 23.05 $ 47,950
Pine Bluff, AR 340 12.21 17.01 $ 24.08 $ 50,090
Wausau, WI 740 10.80 15.05 $ 25.63 $ 53,300
Green Bay, WI 1,760 10.79 15.02 $ 20.31 $ 42,240
Longview, WA 350 9.48 13.20 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Glens Falls, NY 410 8.81 12.27 $ 23.24 $ 48,350
Gettysburg, PA 250 8.08 11.25 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Appleton, WI 770 6.62 9.22 $ 22.01 $ 45,790
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 350 6.13 8.53 $ 13.61 $ 28,310
Leominster-Gardner, MA 260 5.49 7.64 $ 19.54 $ 40,630




Top paying metropolitan areas for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 130 0.55 0.76 $ 29.01 $ 60,340
Columbia, SC 780 2.09 2.92 $ 28.97 $ 60,250
Charleston-North Charleston, SC (8) (8) (8) $ 28.83 $ 59,970
Longview, WA 350 9.48 13.20 $ 27.89 $ 58,020
Wausau, WI 740 10.80 15.05 $ 25.63 $ 53,300
Savannah, GA 560 3.26 4.54 $ 24.74 $ 51,450
Cedar Rapids, IA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.59 $ 51,140
Danbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 24.49 $ 50,940
Pine Bluff, AR 340 12.21 17.01 $ 24.08 $ 50,090
Richmond, VA 1,280 2.05 2.85 $ 23.74 $ 49,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,210 18.68 26.01 $ 26.27 $ 54,630
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,150 6.07 8.45 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 980 3.14 4.38 $ 17.71 $ 36,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 820 3.42 4.76 $ 19.34 $ 40,230
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 720 2.67 3.72 $ 22.14 $ 46,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,210 18.68 26.01 $ 26.27 $ 54,630
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 600 9.66 13.45 $ 22.89 $ 47,620
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 580 6.12 8.53 $ 28.52 $ 59,330
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,150 6.07 8.45 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 420 4.14 5.77 $ 30.22 $ 62,850

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 290 2.71 3.77 $ 30.94 $ 64,350
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 420 4.14 5.77 $ 30.22 $ 62,850
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 580 6.12 8.53 $ 28.52 $ 59,330
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,210 18.68 26.01 $ 26.27 $ 54,630
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 0.58 $ 26.03 $ 54,130


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