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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
8,740 4.2 % $17.80 $37,010 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.26 $13.32 $16.97 $21.79 $25.98
Annual Wage (2) $23,430 $27,710 $35,290 $45,320 $54,050


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,730 0.52 $17.33 $36,040
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,980 1.31 $18.60 $38,690
Beverage Manufacturing 850 0.31 $14.59 $30,340
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 650 0.39 $19.58 $40,720
Warehousing and Storage 450 0.04 $19.25 $40,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,980 1.31 $18.60 $38,690
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,730 0.52 $17.33 $36,040
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 120 0.39 $13.35 $27,760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 650 0.39 $19.58 $40,720
Beverage Manufacturing 850 0.31 $14.59 $30,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places (8) (8) $25.30 $52,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $20.81 $43,270
Support Activities for Crop Production 120 0.03 $20.21 $42,040
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 650 0.39 $19.58 $40,720
Warehousing and Storage 450 0.04 $19.25 $40,030


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)
California 1,280 0.07 1.23 $17.21 $35,800
Texas 600 0.05 0.81 $18.26 $37,980
Iowa 580 0.37 6.28 $19.35 $40,250
Minnesota 420 0.15 2.46 $21.38 $44,470
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.16 $17.00 $35,350




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)
Iowa 580 0.37 6.28 $19.35 $40,250
Arkansas 310 0.26 4.31 $16.90 $35,160
Mississippi 260 0.23 3.84 $15.81 $32,890
Minnesota 420 0.15 2.46 $21.38 $44,470
Missouri 380 0.14 2.27 $20.40 $42,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 420 0.15 2.46 $21.38 $44,470
New Jersey 160 0.04 0.65 $20.97 $43,620
Oregon 80 0.04 0.71 $20.92 $43,510
Missouri 380 0.14 2.27 $20.40 $42,440
Iowa 580 0.37 6.28 $19.35 $40,250





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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 340 0.22 3.72 $19.42 $40,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 2.10 $19.48 $40,510
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.27 $19.50 $40,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 160 0.02 0.42 $15.74 $32,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 150 0.03 0.54 $16.90 $35,150
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 0.82 $17.16 $35,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 130 0.05 0.78 $14.45 $30,050
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 1.04 $15.63 $32,510
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 80 0.03 0.49 $17.78 $36,970
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 70 0.29 4.96 $15.13 $31,470




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)
Merced, CA 60 0.73 12.26 $23.51 $48,910
Gainesville, GA 40 0.50 8.36 $18.70 $38,890
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 70 0.29 4.96 $15.13 $31,470
Chattanooga, TN-GA 60 0.23 3.79 $14.96 $31,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 340 0.22 3.72 $19.42 $40,390
Lancaster, PA 40 0.15 2.49 $20.94 $43,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 2.10 $19.48 $40,510
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 30 0.07 1.15 $15.13 $31,470
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.14 $17.67 $36,750
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 1.04 $15.63 $32,510




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)
Merced, CA 60 0.73 12.26 $23.51 $48,910
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $23.40 $48,670
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 30 0.02 0.27 $22.20 $46,180
Lancaster, PA 40 0.15 2.49 $20.94 $43,550
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $20.86 $43,380
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.35 $42,330
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.04 0.65 $19.73 $41,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.27 $19.50 $40,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 2.10 $19.48 $40,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 340 0.22 3.72 $19.42 $40,390

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 Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.55 9.31 $15.28 $31,770
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 14.71 $15.11 $31,430
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.32 5.35 $18.58 $38,650
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 9.30 $17.98 $37,400
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 110 0.33 5.56 $16.72 $34,780

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)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.95 15.89 $18.75 $39,000
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 0.87 14.71 $15.11 $31,430
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 11.37 $19.71 $41,010
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 9.76 $17.87 $37,160
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 9.49 $14.46 $30,090

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.27 $48,410
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.43 $46,660
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 6.32 $19.95 $41,500
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 11.37 $19.71 $41,010
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 4.00 $19.50 $40,560


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