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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes "Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).


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)
47,160 2.8 % $19.93 $41,450 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.43 $14.30 $18.44 $24.13 $30.30
Annual Wage (2) $23,780 $29,750 $38,360 $50,200 $63,020


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)
Beverage Manufacturing 14,290 6.29 $19.54 $40,650
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,810 4.86 $19.49 $40,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,140 1.11 $21.88 $45,510
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 2,000 1.33 $23.92 $49,750
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1,730 1.62 $18.28 $38,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,270 9.73 $25.98 $54,030
Beverage Manufacturing 14,290 6.29 $19.54 $40,650
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,810 4.86 $19.49 $40,530
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,650 2.76 $18.01 $37,460
Metal Ore Mining 850 2.13 $26.56 $55,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $26.95 $56,050
Metal Ore Mining 850 2.13 $26.56 $55,240
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,270 9.73 $25.98 $54,030
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,350 1.35 $24.79 $51,570
Coal Mining (8) (8) $24.35 $50,650


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 8,850 0.55 1.65 $20.26 $42,130
North Carolina 2,650 0.63 1.87 $25.08 $52,160
Texas 2,490 0.21 0.63 $21.11 $43,910
Pennsylvania 2,420 0.42 1.26 $20.09 $41,780
Wisconsin 2,010 0.72 2.13 $17.63 $36,670




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)
Wyoming 310 1.12 3.35 $33.19 $69,040
Idaho 520 0.79 2.35 $18.11 $37,660
Wisconsin 2,010 0.72 2.13 $17.63 $36,670
Colorado 1,660 0.66 1.97 $18.39 $38,260
Alaska 210 0.65 1.94 $21.45 $44,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 310 1.12 3.35 $33.19 $69,040
North Carolina 2,650 0.63 1.87 $25.08 $52,160
Nevada 590 0.47 1.39 $23.79 $49,490
Georgia 1,140 0.27 0.81 $23.40 $48,670
New Hampshire 260 0.41 1.21 $22.98 $47,790





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)
Santa Rosa, CA 1,210 6.26 18.62 $21.67 $45,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.26 0.77 $20.38 $42,390
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.16 0.49 $19.48 $40,520
Napa, CA 990 13.99 41.64 $21.94 $45,630
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 940 0.92 2.74 $18.53 $38,540
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 920 0.31 0.94 $19.86 $41,310
Winston-Salem, NC 850 3.30 9.81 $29.32 $60,990
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 820 0.58 1.73 $17.19 $35,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 710 0.53 1.57 $20.67 $42,990
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 640 0.61 1.82 $17.39 $36,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 990 13.99 41.64 $21.94 $45,630
Walla Walla, WA 160 6.27 18.67 $17.80 $37,030
Santa Rosa, CA 1,210 6.26 18.62 $21.67 $45,070
Lewiston, ID-WA 90 3.61 10.76 (8) (8)
Winston-Salem, NC 850 3.30 9.81 $29.32 $60,990
St. Joseph, MO-KS 130 2.43 7.25 (8) (8)
Goldsboro, NC 100 2.40 7.16 $14.08 $29,290
Visalia-Porterville, CA 330 2.24 6.66 $20.30 $42,230
Greeley, CO 200 2.12 6.30 $21.07 $43,830
Bend-Redmond, OR 160 2.11 6.29 $16.38 $34,070