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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.


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)
18,970 3.3 % $19.88 $41,350 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.01 $15.63 $19.27 $23.64 $28.33
Annual Wage (2) $27,050 $32,510 $40,090 $49,180 $58,920


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 7,070 1.69 $20.04 $41,670
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,200 1.47 $18.67 $38,820
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,170 1.28 $18.17 $37,790
Rubber Product Manufacturing 1,030 0.76 $21.02 $43,730
Plastics Product Manufacturing 520 0.09 $18.46 $38,400

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 7,070 1.69 $20.04 $41,670
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,200 1.47 $18.67 $38,820
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,170 1.28 $18.17 $37,790
Rubber Product Manufacturing 1,030 0.76 $21.02 $43,730
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 360 0.60 $21.49 $44,710

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 360 0.32 $25.52 $53,090
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 300 0.48 $22.96 $47,750
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 170 0.05 $22.67 $47,150
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.03 $22.07 $45,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 400 0.08 $22.07 $45,900


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)
Ohio 1,510 0.28 2.14 $18.32 $38,100
Georgia 1,140 0.26 1.98 $19.49 $40,530
North Carolina 1,130 0.25 1.96 $20.54 $42,730
Texas 840 0.07 0.52 $19.16 $39,860
Indiana 840 0.27 2.10 $18.49 $38,450




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)
Nebraska 460 0.47 3.63 $18.72 $38,940
West Virginia 320 0.45 3.51 $21.85 $45,440
Alabama 780 0.40 3.06 $21.98 $45,710
Kentucky 740 0.39 3.01 $19.36 $40,270
Mississippi 340 0.30 2.35 $15.32 $31,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 60 0.09 0.73 $23.12 $48,100
Maryland 220 0.08 0.63 $22.96 $47,750
Illinois 560 0.09 0.72 $22.66 $47,130
Nevada 40 0.03 0.20 $22.04 $45,850
Alabama 780 0.40 3.06 $21.98 $45,710





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.09 0.72 $22.74 $47,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 400 0.15 1.13 $18.63 $38,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 350 0.06 0.43 $20.49 $42,620
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 300 0.24 1.86 $21.84 $45,430
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 260 0.50 3.85 $21.05 $43,780
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 250 0.09 0.68 $19.31 $40,170
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 240 0.02 0.19 $22.06 $45,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.61 $21.97 $45,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 0.75 $23.17 $48,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 200 0.05 0.41 $17.43 $36,260




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)
Elmira, NY 70 1.94 15.05 $23.34 $48,540
Albany, OR 80 1.77 13.67 $18.96 $39,440
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 110 1.74 13.45 $22.69 $47,190
Bay City, MI 40 1.15 8.88 $19.50 $40,570
Toledo, OH 180 0.62 4.78 $14.87 $30,920
Tuscaloosa, AL 70 0.61 4.74 $20.21 $42,040
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 140 0.58 4.53 $22.16 $46,100
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 260 0.50 3.85 $21.05 $43,780
Eugene, OR 80 0.49 3.81 $21.70 $45,140
Medford, OR 40 0.47 3.61 $19.70 $40,980




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)
Roanoke, VA 40 0.28 2.15 $31.40 $65,310
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.08 0.59 $24.80 $51,590
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 60 0.15 1.19 $24.54 $51,050
Elmira, NY 70 1.94 15.05 $23.34 $48,540
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI (8) (8) (8) $23.30 $48,460
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI (8) (8) (8) $23.21 $48,280
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 0.75 $23.17 $48,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.09 0.72 $22.74 $47,290
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 110 1.74 13.45 $22.69 $47,190
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $22.62 $47,050

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 400 1.57 12.13 $20.15 $41,900
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 320 2.23 17.30 $17.94 $37,320
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 2.06 15.92 $17.77 $36,960
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.63 4.87 $16.40 $34,100
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 170 0.50 3.88 $18.85 $39,220

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)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 320 2.23 17.30 $17.94 $37,320
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 2.06 15.92 $17.77 $36,960
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 400 1.57 12.13 $20.15 $41,900
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 9.41 $19.73 $41,030
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.09 8.46 $18.88 $39,270

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 3.06 $27.75 $57,730
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 4.63 $26.71 $55,550
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.22 $24.38 $50,710
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.62 $24.05 $50,030
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 3.50 $23.40 $48,670


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 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020