Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-0000 Production Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers ; Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers ; Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers ; Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers ; Engine and Other Machine Assemblers ; Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters ; Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators ; Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters ; Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers ; Bakers ; Butchers and Meat Cutters ; Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers ; Slaughterers and Meat Packers ; Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders ; Food Batchmakers ; Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders ; Food Processing Workers, All Other ; Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic ; Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic ; Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Machinists ; Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders ; Pourers and Casters, Metal ; Model Makers, Metal and Plastic ; Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic ; Foundry Mold and Coremakers ; Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Tool and Die Makers ; Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers ; Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic ; Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic ; Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners ; Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other ; Prepress Technicians and Workers ; Printing Press Operators ; Print Binding and Finishing Workers ; Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers ; Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials ; Sewing Machine Operators ; Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers ; Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders ; Sewers, Hand ; Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers ; Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders ; Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers ; Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers ; Upholsterers ; Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other ; Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters ; Furniture Finishers ; Model Makers, Wood ; Patternmakers, Wood ; Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood ; Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing ; Woodworkers, All Other ; Nuclear Power Reactor Operators ; Power Distributors and Dispatchers ; Power Plant Operators ; Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators ; Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators ; Chemical Plant and System Operators ; Gas Plant Operators ; Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers ; Plant and System Operators, All Other ; Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand ; Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Cutters and Trimmers, Hand ; Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders ; Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers ; Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers ; Dental Laboratory Technicians ; Medical Appliance Technicians ; Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians ; Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders ; Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Painters, Transportation Equipment ; Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers ; Semiconductor Processors ; Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators ; Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders ; Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders ; Etchers and Engravers ; Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic ; Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Tire Builders ; Helpers--Production Workers ; Production Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
9,024,560 0.3 % $18.30 $38,070 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.27 $12.36 $16.34 $22.26 $29.46
Annual Wage (2) $21,360 $25,720 $33,990 $46,290 $61,280


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)
Employment Services 740,410 20.61 $13.88 $28,880
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 379,830 64.58 $18.41 $38,290
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 352,750 50.51 $19.52 $40,600
Plastics Product Manufacturing 340,510 59.29 $16.77 $34,890
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 324,050 64.14 $14.10 $29,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 164,390 75.58 $23.68 $49,260
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 242,180 69.51 $20.51 $42,670
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 101,990 68.98 $18.34 $38,150
Foundries 79,730 68.80 $18.73 $38,950
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 7,560 68.58 $13.56 $28,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 49,920 12.81 $39.15 $81,430
Natural Gas Distribution 11,760 10.46 $38.39 $79,850
Other Pipeline Transportation 3,100 38.17 $34.34 $71,420
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 3,130 25.94 $34.27 $71,290
Postal Service (federal government) 150 0.02 $32.97 $68,580


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 849,170 50.86 0.80 $18.48 $38,430
Texas 658,450 55.37 0.87 $18.75 $38,990
Ohio 490,870 91.40 1.44 $18.44 $38,340
Michigan 452,040 105.71 1.67 $18.62 $38,720
Illinois 436,540 73.64 1.16 $18.13 $37,700




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)
Indiana 373,540 123.75 1.95 $17.97 $37,370
Wisconsin 326,800 115.68 1.83 $18.33 $38,130
Alabama 217,870 113.32 1.79 $16.73 $34,800
Kentucky 199,090 106.10 1.68 $18.05 $37,540
Michigan 452,040 105.71 1.67 $18.62 $38,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,150 7.27 0.11 $27.43 $57,050
Wyoming 12,330 46.01 0.73 $26.07 $54,220
Washington 177,920 55.83 0.88 $22.27 $46,310
Louisiana 111,860 58.81 0.93 $21.61 $44,960
Connecticut 94,010 56.83 0.90 $21.41 $44,530



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 246,840 55.71 0.88 $17.44 $36,280
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 245,030 66.90 1.06 $17.80 $37,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 184,270 27.53 0.43 $18.87 $39,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 176,250 60.17 0.95 $20.96 $43,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 134,270 51.26 0.81 $16.97 $35,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 133,220 68.94 1.09 $19.45 $40,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 125,480 50.36 0.80 $17.08 $35,520
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 121,400 98.57 1.56 $19.31 $40,160
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 103,640 64.13 1.01 $17.51 $36,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 91,960 55.82 0.88 $23.70 $49,300