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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Apprentice workers are classified in the appropriate production occupations (51-0000).


National estimates for Helpers--Production Workers
Industry profile for Helpers--Production Workers
Geographic profile for Helpers--Production Workers

National estimates for Helpers--Production Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Helpers--Production Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
239,340 1.7 % $ 15.39 $ 32,000 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Helpers--Production Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.43 $ 12.47 $ 14.66 $ 17.96 $ 21.72
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,700 $ 25,930 $ 30,500 $ 37,360 $ 45,180


Industry profile for Helpers--Production Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Helpers--Production Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Helpers--Production Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Helpers--Production Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 48,610 1.52 $ 13.97 $ 29,050
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 20,120 3.78 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 10,990 3.76 $ 15.39 $ 32,020
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 10,740 2.27 $ 15.04 $ 31,280
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 9,690 3.68 $ 16.58 $ 34,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Helpers--Production Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 160 5.84 $ 15.62 $ 32,490
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 3,830 4.18 $ 19.05 $ 39,620
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,150 3.92 $ 15.12 $ 31,450
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 20,120 3.78 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 10,990 3.76 $ 15.39 $ 32,020

Top paying industries for Helpers--Production Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.04 $ 27.94 $ 58,110
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 250 0.02 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 300 0.08 $ 20.07 $ 41,730
Metal Ore Mining 40 0.11 $ 19.94 $ 41,480
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 350 0.16 $ 19.43 $ 40,410


Geographic profile for Helpers--Production Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Helpers--Production Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Helpers--Production Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Helpers--Production Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 25,620 2.12 1.23 $ 14.54 $ 30,250
California 25,010 1.52 0.88 $ 16.30 $ 33,890
Alabama 14,000 7.35 4.27 $ 12.91 $ 26,860
Indiana 12,540 4.30 2.50 $ 15.29 $ 31,800
Illinois 11,370 2.02 1.17 $ 15.73 $ 32,720




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Production Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 9,010 7.65 4.44 $ 14.19 $ 29,520
Alabama 14,000 7.35 4.27 $ 12.91 $ 26,860
Indiana 12,540 4.30 2.50 $ 15.29 $ 31,800
Idaho 2,710 3.77 2.19 $ 16.33 $ 33,960
Mississippi 3,100 2.88 1.67 $ 13.98 $ 29,080




Top paying states for Helpers--Production Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 280 1.08 0.63 $ 18.48 $ 38,450
Connecticut 1,220 0.79 0.46 $ 18.11 $ 37,670
Hawaii 280 0.49 0.28 $ 18.09 $ 37,620
Washington 2,360 0.74 0.43 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Massachusetts 3,970 1.18 0.69 $ 17.67 $ 36,750





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Helpers--Production Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,480 1.97 1.15 $ 15.91 $ 33,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,670 1.99 1.16 $ 16.39 $ 34,090
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,030 2.24 1.30 $ 13.77 $ 28,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,950 2.68 1.56 $ 15.57 $ 32,380
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,710 0.53 0.31 $ 16.44 $ 34,200
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 3,670 3.60 2.09 $ 14.21 $ 29,560
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,510 2.90 1.68 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,240 1.75 1.02 $ 16.94 $ 35,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,120 1.19 0.69 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,930 1.09 0.63 $ 16.51 $ 34,340




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Production Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gettysburg, PA 490 16.14 9.38 $ 15.18 $ 31,570
Kokomo, IN 550 15.15 8.80 $ 12.36 $ 25,700
Tuscaloosa, AL 1,440 14.33 8.33 $ 17.45 $ 36,300
Twin Falls, ID 540 11.69 6.79 $ 14.44 $ 30,030
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,450 11.51 6.69 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,720 10.99 6.39 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Auburn-Opelika, AL 610 10.68 6.21 $ 10.14 $ 21,100
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 460 8.94 5.20 $ 10.60 $ 22,050
Mobile, AL 1,270 7.51 4.36 $ 12.20 $ 25,380
Harrisonburg, VA 460 7.46 4.34 $ 16.52 $ 34,360