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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
9,115,530 0.3 % $18.84 $39,190 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.66 $12.89 $16.86 $22.82 $30.03
Annual Wage (2) $22,180 $26,820 $35,070 $47,470 $62,460


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 719,720 19.65 $14.60 $30,370
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 390,920 65.13 $18.96 $39,430
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 363,550 49.99 $19.94 $41,480
Plastics Product Manufacturing 346,590 59.05 $17.14 $35,650
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 331,890 64.08 $14.66 $30,500

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 176,470 75.59 $24.27 $50,480
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 7,700 71.38 $13.89 $28,890
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 114,570 70.81 $19.26 $40,050
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills 19,710 69.57 $14.63 $30,430
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 248,770 69.53 $20.95 $43,580

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 50,300 12.80 $40.24 $83,710
Natural Gas Distribution 11,310 10.36 $39.28 $81,690
Other Pipeline Transportation 3,650 40.31 $34.79 $72,370
Postal Service (federal government) 140 0.02 $34.39 $71,540
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 2,170 20.16 $33.75 $70,200


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 836,260 49.17 0.78 $19.38 $40,320
Texas 679,950 56.13 0.89 $19.05 $39,620
Ohio 497,280 91.80 1.46 $18.81 $39,130
Michigan 472,680 109.47 1.74 $19.10 $39,730
Illinois 431,220 71.97 1.14 $18.85 $39,220




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 388,180 127.35 2.02 $18.61 $38,710
Wisconsin 337,370 118.43 1.88 $18.72 $38,940
Alabama 218,860 112.60 1.79 $17.24 $35,850
Michigan 472,680 109.47 1.74 $19.10 $39,730
Kentucky 197,030 104.26 1.66 $18.77 $39,050




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 5,110 7.18 0.11 $27.00 $56,150
Wyoming 12,540 46.56 0.74 $26.61 $55,340
Washington 177,600 54.49 0.87 $22.86 $47,560
Alaska 10,120 32.11 0.51 $22.49 $46,790
Louisiana 105,450 55.10 0.87 $22.22 $46,210





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 337,830 55.21 0.88 $18.39 $38,250
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 312,900 67.41 1.07 $18.73 $38,960
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 289,850 30.52 0.48 $19.69 $40,960
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 199,070 100.95 1.60 $20.63 $42,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 194,760 54.58 0.87 $18.07 $37,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 183,520 61.54 0.98 $21.09 $43,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 137,460 51.24 0.81 $17.41 $36,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 131,820 67.38 1.07 $20.14 $41,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 118,600 41.63 0.66 $20.44 $42,520
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 107,550 38.98 0.62 $20.84 $43,350