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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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)
82,880 2.4 % $24.55 $51,070 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.96 $17.67 $23.45 $30.47 $37.34
Annual Wage (2) $29,050 $36,750 $48,770 $63,380 $77,660


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 49,940 13.77 $25.87 $53,810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,730 3.99 $22.25 $46,290
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 10,400 6.10 $21.27 $44,240
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.68 $31.49 $65,510
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 1,010 1.77 $24.19 $50,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 49,940 13.77 $25.87 $53,810
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 10,400 6.10 $21.27 $44,240
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,730 3.99 $22.25 $46,290
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 1,010 1.77 $24.19 $50,310
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.68 $31.49 $65,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,890 1.68 $31.49 $65,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $28.76 $59,820
Other Food Manufacturing 200 0.09 $28.67 $59,630
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $27.73 $57,670
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 370 0.08 $27.72 $57,650


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)
Texas 13,280 1.10 1.91 $28.58 $59,450
Ohio 6,170 1.14 1.99 $22.87 $47,570
Pennsylvania 4,270 0.73 1.28 $22.55 $46,900
Michigan 3,660 0.85 1.48 $26.19 $54,470
New Jersey 3,320 0.82 1.43 $23.58 $49,050




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)
West Virginia 1,290 1.85 3.23 $30.37 $63,170
Delaware 830 1.85 3.23 $29.32 $60,990
Alabama 2,470 1.27 2.22 $27.04 $56,240
Ohio 6,170 1.14 1.99 $22.87 $47,570
Kentucky 2,120 1.12 1.96 $25.60 $53,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 260 0.96 1.67 $35.27 $73,370
Louisiana 1,830 0.96 1.67 $31.19 $64,870
West Virginia 1,290 1.85 3.23 $30.37 $63,170
Delaware 830 1.85 3.23 $29.32 $60,990
Texas 13,280 1.10 1.91 $28.58 $59,450





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,930 2.32 4.06 $29.38 $61,120
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,690 0.39 0.68 $22.05 $45,850
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,790 0.98 1.71 $25.40 $52,840
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,010 0.43 0.76 $25.34 $52,700
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,820 11.40 19.91 $34.46 $71,680
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,730 1.67 2.91 $22.54 $46,880
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,720 1.26 2.20 $21.12 $43,940
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,630 0.83 1.44 $25.72 $53,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,540 0.43 0.76 $21.25 $44,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,360 0.51 0.89 $17.71 $36,840




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,820 11.40 19.91 $34.46 $71,680
Decatur, AL 520 9.79 17.09 $32.43 $67,450
Evansville, IN-KY 710 4.54 7.93 $28.54 $59,370
Greenville, NC 330 4.32 7.54 $22.82 $47,470
Lima, OH 200 3.94 6.88 $29.79 $61,960
Baton Rouge, LA 1,140 2.89 5.04 $32.69 $67,990
Charleston, WV 310 2.75 4.81 $32.93 $68,500
Joplin, MO 210 2.67 4.67 $26.77 $55,680
Spartanburg, SC 400 2.61 4.57 $20.74 $43,150
Mobile, AL 450 2.59 4.52 $28.64 $59,570