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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.


National estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Industry profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Geographic profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

National estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
358,640 1.1 % $ 17.67 $ 36,750 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.00 $ 14.06 $ 17.29 $ 20.22 $ 23.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,960 $ 29,250 $ 35,960 $ 42,050 $ 48,620


Industry profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 34,230 10.89 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
Other Food Manufacturing 32,740 13.97 $ 17.91 $ 37,250
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 29,500 17.25 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Employment Services 27,680 0.79 $ 14.19 $ 29,520
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 25,690 4.94 $ 16.26 $ 33,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 29,500 17.25 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,740 16.16 $ 23.54 $ 48,960
Other Food Manufacturing 32,740 13.97 $ 17.91 $ 37,250
Dairy Product Manufacturing 21,320 13.91 $ 19.20 $ 39,930
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 19,830 11.21 $ 17.07 $ 35,500

Top paying industries for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 130 0.16 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,000 1.14 $ 24.18 $ 50,300
Tobacco Manufacturing 1,740 16.16 $ 23.54 $ 48,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 100 0.01 $ 23.04 $ 47,920
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,140 1.10 $ 22.37 $ 46,520


Geographic profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 43,070 2.61 1.02 $ 19.10 $ 39,730
Illinois 22,190 3.95 1.55 $ 17.69 $ 36,780
Texas 19,430 1.59 0.62 $ 15.90 $ 33,070
Pennsylvania 18,870 3.38 1.33 $ 18.95 $ 39,410
Wisconsin 18,710 6.79 2.67 $ 18.31 $ 38,090


Map of location quotient of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 18,710 6.79 2.67 $ 18.31 $ 38,090
Kentucky 9,410 5.12 2.01 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Iowa 7,010 4.72 1.86 $ 17.00 $ 35,370
Kansas 6,080 4.54 1.78 $ 16.42 $ 34,150
Idaho 3,300 4.36 1.71 $ 16.33 $ 33,970


Map of annual mean wages of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 320 1.23 0.48 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
New Hampshire 820 1.29 0.51 $ 21.12 $ 43,940
Missouri 8,080 2.96 1.16 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Colorado 4,790 1.83 0.72 $ 19.45 $ 40,460
California 43,070 2.61 1.02 $ 19.10 $ 39,730



Map of employment of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

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 18,280 2.11 0.83 $ 17.26 $ 35,890
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 16,810 3.97 1.56 $ 17.98 $ 37,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,800 2.41 0.95 $ 18.50 $ 38,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,690 1.86 0.73 $ 16.57 $ 34,460
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,570 2.48 0.97 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,170 2.39 0.94 $ 17.51 $ 36,430
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,840 5.70 2.24 $ 18.65 $ 38,790
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,100 2.27 0.89 $ 22.17 $ 46,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,420 3.46 1.36 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,400 1.79 0.70 $ 14.80 $ 30,780


Map of location quotient of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sheboygan, WI 1,010 17.47 6.86 $ 19.01 $ 39,540
Gettysburg, PA 520 16.27 6.39 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Twin Falls, ID 690 14.98 5.89 $ 16.00 $ 33,290
Merced, CA 960 13.32 5.23 $ 18.36 $ 38,180
Kankakee, IL 550 13.10 5.14 $ 17.90 $ 37,230
Owensboro, KY 650 13.03 5.12 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
Wausau, WI 860 12.67 4.98 $ 19.92 $ 41,420
St. Joseph, MO-KS 660 12.54 4.93 $ 18.64 $ 38,770
Harrisonburg, VA 760 12.32 4.84 $ 21.67 $ 45,070
Napa, CA 830 12.02 4.72 $ 21.41 $ 44,520