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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
87,120 2.8 % $24.78 $51,540 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.04 $17.77 $23.62 $30.80 $37.81
Annual Wage (2) $29,210 $36,960 $49,130 $64,070 $78,650


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) 53,820 14.78 $26.07 $54,230
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 11,670 6.68 $21.83 $45,400
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,120 3.74 $22.49 $46,780
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,430 1.28 $33.81 $70,330
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 1,010 1.68 $24.29 $50,520

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) 53,820 14.78 $26.07 $54,230
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 11,670 6.68 $21.83 $45,400
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 11,120 3.74 $22.49 $46,780
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 1,010 1.68 $24.29 $50,520
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,430 1.28 $33.81 $70,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $35.18 $73,180
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,430 1.28 $33.81 $70,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $32.06 $66,690
Other Food Manufacturing 200 0.09 $29.88 $62,150
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 100 0.02 $27.47 $57,140


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 14,480 1.16 1.96 $28.88 $60,080
Ohio 5,970 1.10 1.85 $22.91 $47,640
Pennsylvania 4,620 0.78 1.32 $22.68 $47,160
Michigan 4,120 0.95 1.60 $27.63 $57,470
New Jersey 3,840 0.94 1.59 $23.78 $49,450




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 1,610 2.30 3.87 $28.90 $60,110
Delaware 660 1.45 2.45 $30.18 $62,780
Kansas 1,960 1.41 2.37 $23.69 $49,270
Missouri 3,360 1.19 2.01 $21.02 $43,710
Texas 14,480 1.16 1.96 $28.88 $60,080




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 0.95 1.60 $36.57 $76,060
Louisiana 2,190 1.14 1.92 $31.21 $64,930
Montana 70 0.15 0.25 $30.89 $64,260
Delaware 660 1.45 2.45 $30.18 $62,780
West Virginia 1,610 2.30 3.87 $28.90 $60,110





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,140 0.43 0.72 $22.78 $47,370
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,920 1.02 1.71 $25.16 $52,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,410 0.52 0.87 $25.81 $53,690
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,820 1.74 2.93 $22.81 $47,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,790 1.31 2.21 $21.23 $44,160
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,740 0.48 0.80 $19.20 $39,940
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 1,500 12.93 21.80 $25.35 $52,730
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,400 1.30 2.18 $23.84 $49,590
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,270 7.89 13.30 $32.79 $68,210
Midland, MI 1,200 35.32 59.54 $30.92 $64,320




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)
Midland, MI 1,200 35.32 59.54 $30.92 $64,320
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 1,500 12.93 21.80 $25.35 $52,730
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,270 7.89 13.30 $32.79 $68,210
Decatur, AL 370 6.67 11.25 $32.49 $67,570
Evansville, IN-KY 840 5.34 9.01 $22.25 $46,290
Lake Charles, LA 550 4.71 7.94 $28.29 $58,840
Longview, WA 140 3.58 6.04 $28.10 $58,460
Bellingham, WA 270 3.02 5.09 $19.92 $41,440
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 2.95 4.97 $33.23 $69,120
Winchester, VA-WV 160 2.64 4.45 $17.97 $37,370




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)
Billings, MT 30 0.40 0.67 $37.82 $78,670
Hattiesburg, MS (8) (8) (8) $33.91 $70,540
Tuscaloosa, AL (8) (8) (8) $33.65 $69,990
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.27 $69,190
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 2.95 4.97 $33.23 $69,120
Lima, OH 70 1.47 2.47 $32.86 $68,360
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,270 7.89 13.30 $32.79 $68,210
Decatur, AL 370 6.67 11.25 $32.49 $67,570
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 240 1.63 2.75 $32.05 $66,660
Midland, MI 1,200 35.32 59.54 $30.92 $64,320

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)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 520 6.13 10.33 $29.34 $61,020
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 500 3.34 5.63 $24.67 $51,310
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 470 4.85 8.18 $28.73 $59,750
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 460 3.37 5.68 $25.44 $52,920
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 380 1.13 1.90 $25.81 $53,690

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)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 520 6.13 10.33 $29.34 $61,020
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 470 4.85 8.18 $28.73 $59,750
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 260 3.88 6.55 $28.52 $59,330
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 460 3.37 5.68 $25.44 $52,920
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 500 3.34 5.63 $24.67 $51,310

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 1.30 2.20 $30.71 $63,880
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.30 $63,020
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 520 6.13 10.33 $29.34 $61,020
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 1.50 $29.33 $61,010
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.24 $60,820


About May 2019 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