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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-3099 Food Processing Workers, All Other

All food processing workers not listed separately


National estimates for Food Processing Workers, All Other
Industry profile for Food Processing Workers, All Other
Geographic profile for Food Processing Workers, All Other

National estimates for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,360 2.8 % $ 16.16 $ 33,600 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.46 $ 14.04 $ 15.33 $ 17.78 $ 20.26
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,840 $ 29,210 $ 31,890 $ 36,990 $ 42,140


Industry profile for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Food Processing Workers, All Other are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Food Processing Workers, All Other, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 12,340 2.37 $ 15.57 $ 32,380
Employment Services 4,780 0.14 $ 15.08 $ 31,360
Other Food Manufacturing 3,400 1.45 $ 16.40 $ 34,110
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,210 1.09 $ 16.82 $ 34,980
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 3,120 0.11 $ 17.67 $ 36,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 12,340 2.37 $ 15.57 $ 32,380
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 640 2.14 $ 13.02 $ 27,080
Other Food Manufacturing 3,400 1.45 $ 16.40 $ 34,110
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 910 1.21 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,040 1.19 $ 15.94 $ 33,160

Top paying industries for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 510 0.81 $ 23.02 $ 47,880
Beverage Manufacturing 1,080 0.39 $ 18.66 $ 38,810
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,310 0.86 $ 18.41 $ 38,290
Animal Food Manufacturing 160 0.23 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,790 0.19 $ 17.78 $ 36,990


Geographic profile for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Food Processing Workers, All Other are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Food Processing Workers, All Other, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of food processing workers, all other by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,460 0.45 1.37 $ 17.16 $ 35,680
Texas 4,070 0.33 1.01 $ 15.74 $ 32,750
North Carolina 2,600 0.59 1.79 $ 16.63 $ 34,600
Tennessee 2,470 0.83 2.51 $ 16.37 $ 34,040
Georgia 2,450 0.56 1.70 $ 13.22 $ 27,500


Map of location quotient of food processing workers, all other by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 1,160 1.21 3.68 $ 16.18 $ 33,650
Louisiana 1,780 0.99 3.01 $ 13.74 $ 28,590
Arkansas 1,040 0.87 2.65 $ 14.47 $ 30,090
Tennessee 2,470 0.83 2.51 $ 16.37 $ 34,040
Maryland 1,970 0.77 2.35 $ 15.38 $ 31,980


Map of annual mean wages of food processing workers, all other by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 80 0.18 0.54 $ 19.48 $ 40,510
North Dakota 50 0.12 0.37 $ 19.27 $ 40,080
Illinois 1,630 0.29 0.88 $ 19.09 $ 39,720
New Mexico 140 0.18 0.54 $ 18.52 $ 38,520
Washington 300 0.09 0.29 $ 18.29 $ 38,050



Map of employment of food processing workers, all other by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,070 0.54 1.63 $ 17.00 $ 35,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,430 0.40 1.21 $ 15.64 $ 32,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,070 0.12 0.37 $ 14.95 $ 31,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 920 0.32 0.96 $ 15.86 $ 32,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 910 0.21 0.65 $ 20.09 $ 41,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 830 0.46 1.39 $ 17.56 $ 36,520
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 700 0.31 0.95 $ 19.57 $ 40,700
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 680 0.70 2.13 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 620 0.24 0.72 $ 14.97 $ 31,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 540 0.36 1.08 $ 16.69 $ 34,720


Map of location quotient of food processing workers, all other by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rocky Mount, NC 250 4.67 14.18 $ 14.46 $ 30,090
Salisbury, MD-DE 520 3.33 10.11 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
Harrisonburg, VA 190 3.10 9.42 $ 15.52 $ 32,270
Decatur, IL 130 2.85 8.66 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 140 2.47 7.51 $ 16.36 $ 34,030
Merced, CA 170 2.36 7.17 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 420 1.72 5.24 $ 14.93 $ 31,060
Springfield, OH 80 1.71 5.20 $ 12.91 $ 26,860
Jackson, TN 100 1.49 4.52 $ 13.65 $ 28,400
Chattanooga, TN-GA 350 1.44 4.39 $ 18.56 $ 38,600


Map of annual mean wages of food processing workers, all other by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Danville, IL 30 1.28 3.90 $ 23.20 $ 48,250
Decatur, IL 130 2.85 8.66 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
Albuquerque, NM 80 0.23 0.68 $ 20.99 $ 43,670
Wichita, KS 40 0.12 0.38 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
Appleton, WI 30 0.26 0.78 $ 20.62 $ 42,880
Cedar Rapids, IA 100 0.74 2.25 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 910 0.21 0.65 $ 20.09 $ 41,790
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 120 1.42 4.32 $ 19.73 $ 41,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 700 0.31 0.95 $ 19.57 $ 40,700
Rochester, NY 40 0.08 0.25 $ 19.48 $ 40,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 640 6.95 21.11 $ 16.29 $ 33,880
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.19 6.65 $ 16.97 $ 35,300
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 300 1.63 4.95 $ 12.80 $ 26,630
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 6.98 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 3.80 11.56 $ 18.28 $ 38,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 640 6.95 21.11 $ 16.29 $ 33,880
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 3.80 11.56 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 190 2.90 8.80 $ 12.56 $ 26,120
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 6.98 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.19 6.65 $ 16.97 $ 35,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Food Processing Workers, All Other:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.71 2.16 $ 19.73 $ 41,040
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.19 $ 19.25 $ 40,030
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.13 $ 18.29 $ 38,030
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 3.80 11.56 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 2.34 $ 18.11 $ 37,680


About May 2021 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022