Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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)
77,870 2.4 % $24.37 $50,690 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.39 $17.08 $22.98 $30.38 $37.72
Annual Wage (2) $27,860 $35,530 $47,800 $63,200 $78,460


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)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 46,320 12.90 $25.99 $54,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 10,560 3.67 $21.66 $45,050
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 9,560 5.69 $20.73 $43,110
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,780 1.57 $30.11 $62,640
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,160 0.20 $23.36 $48,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 46,320 12.90 $25.99 $54,060
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 9,560 5.69 $20.73 $43,110
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 10,560 3.67 $21.66 $45,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,780 1.57 $30.11 $62,640
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 830 0.86 $26.05 $54,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,780 1.57 $30.11 $62,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 190 0.01 $29.07 $60,460
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 830 0.86 $26.05 $54,190
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 46,320 12.90 $25.99 $54,060
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing (8) (8) $25.67 $53,390


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)
Texas 14,080 1.18 2.17 $31.15 $64,780
Ohio 6,660 1.24 2.27 $21.99 $45,750
Pennsylvania 4,470 0.77 1.42 $22.09 $45,940
New Jersey 3,450 0.86 1.58 $22.50 $46,790
California 3,160 0.19 0.35 $24.55 $51,060




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)
West Virginia 1,290 1.87 3.43 $30.61 $63,670
Delaware 770 1.73 3.17 $28.32 $58,900
Ohio 6,660 1.24 2.27 $21.99 $45,750
South Carolina 2,390 1.19 2.18 $21.99 $45,740
Texas 14,080 1.18 2.17 $31.15 $64,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 60 0.24 0.44 $33.19 $69,040
Louisiana 1,560 0.82 1.50 $31.17 $64,830
Texas 14,080 1.18 2.17 $31.15 $64,780
West Virginia 1,290 1.87 3.43 $30.61 $63,670
Delaware 770 1.73 3.17 $28.32 $58,900



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,600 2.60 4.75 $33.62 $69,920
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,100 2.04 3.74 $20.61 $42,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.31 0.56 $20.74 $43,130
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,590 9.92 18.17 $37.45 $77,900
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,440 1.39 2.55 $20.73 $43,130
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,290 0.95 1.74 $20.22 $42,070
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.08 1.98 $23.02 $47,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,200 0.46 0.84 $18.67 $38,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.47 0.86 $19.72 $41,010
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,090 1.03 1.89 $21.98 $45,720


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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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,590 9.92 18.17 $37.45 $77,900
Decatur, AL 440 8.44 15.46 $31.52 $65,570
Greenville, NC 310 4.14 7.57 $22.12 $46,000
Charleston, WV 410 3.66 6.69 $31.57 $65,660
Spartanburg, SC 480 3.21 5.87 $20.11 $41,840
Joplin, MO 220 2.81 5.14 $25.73 $53,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,600 2.60 4.75 $33.62 $69,920
Baton Rouge, LA 1,010 2.58 4.73 $31.80 $66,150
St. Joseph, MO-KS 140 2.57 4.71 $21.37 $44,450
Mobile, AL 420 2.46 4.50 $23.83 $49,570


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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)
Corpus Christi, TX 250 1.32 2.41 $39.04 $81,210
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,590 9.92 18.17 $37.45 $77,900
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $36.91 $76,770
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.24 0.45 $33.83 $70,370
Lake Charles, LA (8) (8) (8) $33.64 $69,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,600 2.60 4.75 $33.62 $69,920
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 260 0.27 0.50 $32.74 $68,100
Baton Rouge, LA 1,010 2.58 4.73 $31.80 $66,150
Charleston, WV 410 3.66 6.69 $31.57 $65,660
Decatur, AL 440 8.44 15.46 $31.52 $65,570

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 670 4.68 8.56 $26.84 $55,820
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 670 4.23 7.75 $23.40 $48,670
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 500 2.61 4.78 $28.52 $59,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 440 2.92 5.35 $28.47 $59,220
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 430 3.14 5.74 $27.55 $57,300

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 350 5.29 9.68 $31.20 $64,900
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 670 4.68 8.56 $26.84 $55,820
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 670 4.23 7.75 $23.40 $48,670
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 3.44 6.31 $25.03 $52,060
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 430 3.14 5.74 $27.55 $57,300

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 350 5.29 9.68 $31.20 $64,900
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.32 0.58 $29.08 $60,480
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.29 2.36 $28.90 $60,120
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 500 2.61 4.78 $28.52 $59,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 440 2.92 5.35 $28.47 $59,220


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018