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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 ; Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators ; 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 ; 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 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 ; Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers ; Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders ; Semiconductor Processing Technicians ; Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators ; Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators ; Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers ; 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)
9,158,980 0.3 % $19.30 $40,140 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.14 $13.39 $17.31 $23.21 $30.41
Annual Wage (2) $23,160 $27,860 $36,000 $48,270 $63,250


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 702,580 19.09 $14.96 $31,130
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 395,100 65.54 $19.35 $40,250
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 377,160 50.14 $20.19 $42,000
Plastics Product Manufacturing 351,590 59.18 $17.55 $36,510
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 323,790 61.39 $15.20 $31,620

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 174,120 74.35 $23.93 $49,770
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 2,100 71.28 $16.49 $34,290
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 115,350 70.20 $19.23 $40,000
Footwear Manufacturing 8,730 69.66 $15.49 $32,230
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 254,270 69.35 $21.38 $44,470

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 47,180 12.27 $41.30 $85,910
Natural Gas Distribution 11,230 10.26 $40.12 $83,450
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,800 23.74 $38.11 $79,280
Other Pipeline Transportation 3,050 36.54 $34.89 $72,570
Postal Service (federal government) 140 0.02 $34.77 $72,310


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 836,780 48.14 0.77 $19.99 $41,580
Texas 705,670 56.77 0.91 $19.27 $40,090
Ohio 509,690 93.56 1.50 $19.12 $39,780
Michigan 476,190 109.61 1.76 $19.61 $40,790
Illinois 430,840 71.50 1.15 $19.26 $40,060




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 386,740 125.82 2.02 $19.11 $39,750
Wisconsin 335,380 116.86 1.87 $19.23 $39,990
Alabama 219,280 111.07 1.78 $17.51 $36,410
Michigan 476,190 109.61 1.76 $19.61 $40,790
Kentucky 189,220 99.75 1.60 $19.09 $39,700




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 5,690 7.87 0.13 $27.24 $56,660
Wyoming 13,300 48.66 0.78 $27.13 $56,430
Washington 178,980 53.93 0.86 $23.67 $49,240
Alaska 9,810 30.95 0.50 $22.98 $47,790
Connecticut 93,440 56.12 0.90 $22.93 $47,700





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-Anaheim, CA 341,020 54.65 0.88 $19.00 $39,520
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 311,220 66.55 1.07 $19.22 $39,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 286,420 29.66 0.48 $20.25 $42,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 205,810 56.28 0.90 $18.30 $38,070
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 200,890 101.42 1.63 $20.75 $43,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 193,460 63.38 1.02 $21.50 $44,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 144,500 52.67 0.84 $17.73 $36,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 129,290 65.58 1.05 $20.80 $43,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 117,340 40.79 0.65 $20.82 $43,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 107,040 38.26 0.61 $21.44 $44,590