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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.


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)
26,570 3.4 % $16.58 $34,480 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.02 $13.04 $15.53 $19.18 $24.20
Annual Wage (2) $22,930 $27,130 $32,300 $39,890 $50,340


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)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 4,940 6.76 $15.38 $32,000
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 3,810 0.64 $15.83 $32,930
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 1,930 0.15 $17.53 $36,460
Warehousing and Storage 1,580 0.16 $15.06 $31,320
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,040 0.26 $18.30 $38,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 4,940 6.76 $15.38 $32,000
Grain and Oilseed Milling 920 1.53 $17.18 $35,740
Coal Mining 640 1.29 $28.09 $58,430
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 610 0.66 $15.07 $31,350
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 3,810 0.64 $15.83 $32,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $29.15 $60,630
Coal Mining 640 1.29 $28.09 $58,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $24.48 $50,930
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 110 0.12 $22.89 $47,610
Freight Transportation Arrangement 320 0.15 $20.83 $43,330


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 2,440 0.15 0.78 $16.00 $33,270
Pennsylvania 1,710 0.29 1.58 $18.33 $38,130
Texas 1,640 0.14 0.74 $13.06 $27,160
Illinois 1,410 0.24 1.27 $15.34 $31,910
Tennessee 1,360 0.47 2.50 $17.59 $36,580




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)
South Dakota 650 1.54 8.26 $14.98 $31,160
Nebraska 980 1.01 5.44 $15.02 $31,250
Kansas 1,340 0.98 5.25 $15.66 $32,580
Iowa 1,230 0.80 4.30 $15.93 $33,140
Oklahoma 800 0.51 2.72 $16.10 $33,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.29 1.56 $28.61 $59,510
West Virginia 320 0.46 2.48 $26.45 $55,010
Kentucky 700 0.37 2.01 $23.38 $48,630
North Dakota 100 0.23 1.23 $21.73 $45,190
Utah 100 0.07 0.40 $21.51 $44,730



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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.17 0.93 $16.66 $34,660
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 450 0.31 1.68 $16.13 $33,540
Columbus, OH 420 0.40 2.17 $14.92 $31,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 410 0.16 0.85 $16.30 $33,910
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 320 0.31 1.66 $16.17 $33,630
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 300 1.16 6.23 $19.73 $41,030
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 280 0.26 1.41 $17.17 $35,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.20 1.05 $17.89 $37,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 250 0.09 0.46 $13.26 $27,590
Enid, OK 250 9.90 53.12 $15.03 $31,260


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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)
Enid, OK 250 9.90 53.12 $15.03 $31,260
Springfield, IL 250 2.33 12.52 $11.21 $23,320
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 300 1.16 6.23 $19.73 $41,030
Wheeling, WV-OH 60 1.01 5.41 $27.63 $57,460
Joplin, MO 70 0.96 5.15 $14.67 $30,520
Grand Island, NE 30 0.89 4.77 $14.34 $29,830
Sioux Falls, SD 130 0.88 4.74 $13.60 $28,280
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.68 3.65 $19.68 $40,940
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 50 0.63 3.36 $15.44 $32,110
Tulsa, OK 240 0.57 3.07 $17.65 $36,700


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 60 1.01 5.41 $27.63 $57,460
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $24.10 $50,120
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $23.65 $49,190
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 0.32 $21.34 $44,390
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 0.38 $21.19 $44,070
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 140 0.19 1.01 $21.06 $43,810
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.15 0.80 $20.16 $41,930
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.09 0.50 $19.82 $41,220
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 300 1.16 6.23 $19.73 $41,030
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.68 3.65 $19.68 $40,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 2.90 15.58 $16.54 $34,410
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 2.98 15.98 $14.54 $30,240
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 300 3.95 21.20 $15.10 $31,400
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 280 2.15 11.51 $15.64 $32,530
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 1.20 6.44 $14.97 $31,130

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 300 3.95 21.20 $15.10 $31,400
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 3.09 16.60 $15.03 $31,270
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 2.98 15.98 $14.54 $30,240
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 2.90 15.58 $16.54 $34,410
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 2.57 13.81 $14.90 $30,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.92 4.95 $27.97 $58,180
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 3.81 $26.83 $55,800
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 2.66 $24.67 $51,320
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.06 $45,890
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.43 7.68 $21.49 $44,700


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018