Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
73,840 2.7 % $24.18 $50,300 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.39 $17.04 $22.97 $29.98 $37.33
Annual Wage (2) $27,840 $35,450 $47,780 $62,360 $77,640


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 22,640 15.06 $27.09 $56,350
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 12,030 13.03 $26.58 $55,280
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 10,530 3.71 $21.24 $44,180
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,240 6.49 $21.50 $44,720
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 5,030 8.22 $21.17 $44,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 22,640 15.06 $27.09 $56,350
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 12,030 13.03 $26.58 $55,280
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 5,030 8.22 $21.17 $44,020
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 2,340 6.55 $23.59 $49,070
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,240 6.49 $21.50 $44,720

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 1,730 1.55 $28.78 $59,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $27.28 $56,740
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 22,640 15.06 $27.09 $56,350
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 12,030 13.03 $26.58 $55,280
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 980 0.98 $25.61 $53,260


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 14,760 1.26 2.39 $29.84 $62,080
Ohio 5,590 1.05 1.99 $22.71 $47,230
Pennsylvania 4,540 0.79 1.50 $22.06 $45,880
North Carolina 3,500 0.83 1.57 $21.39 $44,480
New Jersey 3,240 0.82 1.56 $24.56 $51,090




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 1,170 1.68 3.19 $28.78 $59,860
Delaware 650 1.47 2.79 $24.39 $50,720
Alabama 2,650 1.39 2.64 $25.70 $53,460
Texas 14,760 1.26 2.39 $29.84 $62,080
South Carolina 2,170 1.09 2.08 $20.69 $43,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.28 0.53 $36.34 $75,590
Texas 14,760 1.26 2.39 $29.84 $62,080
West Virginia 1,170 1.68 3.19 $28.78 $59,860
Louisiana 1,380 0.72 1.36 $28.52 $59,310
Indiana 1,430 0.48 0.91 $25.75 $53,560





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 8,300 2.83 5.38 $32.01 $66,580
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,710 1.66 3.16 $21.21 $44,110
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,640 10.11 19.23 $36.18 $75,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.25 0.47 $21.56 $44,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.54 1.02 $17.82 $37,070
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,290 1.26 2.39 $20.56 $42,760
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,250 1.08 2.06 $26.03 $54,140
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,020 0.76 1.44 $22.61 $47,030
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 990 0.85 1.62 $21.82 $45,380
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 940 0.90 1.72 $24.03 $49,980




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)
Decatur, AL 570 10.78 20.50 $30.17 $62,750
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,640 10.11 19.23 $36.18 $75,250
Lima, OH 230 4.75 9.02 $25.38 $52,790
Charleston, WV 480 4.22 8.02 $30.84 $64,150
Evansville, IN-KY 500 3.29 6.25 $31.46 $65,450
Spartanburg, SC 440 3.08 5.85 $18.65 $38,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,300 2.83 5.38 $32.01 $66,580
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 850 2.45 4.66 $25.95 $53,970
Lake Charles, LA 240 2.39 4.54 (8) (8)
St. Joseph, MO-KS 120 2.26 4.31 $20.24 $42,100




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 380 2.02 3.85 $37.00 $76,950
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,640 10.11 19.23 $36.18 $75,250
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.93 $74,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,300 2.83 5.38 $32.01 $66,580
Evansville, IN-KY 500 3.29 6.25 $31.46 $65,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 250 0.44 0.84 $30.84 $64,150
Charleston, WV 480 4.22 8.02 $30.84 $64,150
Decatur, AL 570 10.78 20.50 $30.17 $62,750
Baton Rouge, LA 630 1.59 3.01 $29.79 $61,960
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.35 0.66 $29.48 $61,320

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 680 6.90 13.11 $23.68 $49,250
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 570 3.64 6.93 $23.15 $48,150
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 3.52 6.69 $25.39 $52,800
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 450 2.30 4.38 $28.46 $59,190
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 420 3.09 5.88 $27.38 $56,950

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 680 6.90 13.11 $23.68 $49,250
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 340 5.07 9.64 $31.33 $65,160
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 570 3.64 6.93 $23.15 $48,150
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 3.52 6.69 $25.39 $52,800
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 3.16 6.02 $17.13 $35,640

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 340 5.07 9.64 $31.33 $65,160
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 320 2.22 4.21 $28.61 $59,500
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 450 2.30 4.38 $28.46 $59,190
East Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.93 $58,090
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.84 $57,900


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017