Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes "Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).


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)
48,450 2.7 % $20.45 $42,540 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.78 $14.65 $18.77 $24.79 $31.20
Annual Wage (2) $24,510 $30,470 $39,040 $51,570 $64,900


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)
Beverage Manufacturing 16,940 6.93 $20.60 $42,840
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,120 4.35 $19.96 $41,510
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 3,560 0.99 $23.03 $47,910
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,010 1.05 $22.45 $46,690
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,620 0.96 $18.89 $39,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 990 8.21 $26.19 $54,470
Beverage Manufacturing 16,940 6.93 $20.60 $42,840
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,120 4.35 $19.96 $41,510
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,570 2.62 $18.69 $38,870
Metal Ore Mining 930 2.44 $25.86 $53,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 720 0.76 $28.43 $59,140
Tobacco Manufacturing 990 8.21 $26.19 $54,470
Metal Ore Mining 930 2.44 $25.86 $53,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.26 $25.07 $52,150
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 3,560 0.99 $23.03 $47,910


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 9,360 0.56 1.65 $21.47 $44,660
Texas 2,670 0.22 0.66 $21.78 $45,310
Pennsylvania 2,600 0.45 1.32 $20.43 $42,490
North Carolina 2,070 0.48 1.41 $24.38 $50,710
Colorado 1,910 0.75 2.20 $19.20 $39,930




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)
Wyoming 290 1.09 3.19 $36.85 $76,640
Idaho 580 0.84 2.48 $17.95 $37,330
Maine 470 0.79 2.33 $22.05 $45,860
Colorado 1,910 0.75 2.20 $19.20 $39,930
New Hampshire 480 0.73 2.16 $26.08 $54,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 290 1.09 3.19 $36.85 $76,640
Nevada 480 0.37 1.08 $27.72 $57,650
New Hampshire 480 0.73 2.16 $26.08 $54,250
North Carolina 2,070 0.48 1.41 $24.38 $50,710
North Dakota 250 0.60 1.77 $23.79 $49,490



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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)
Napa, CA 1,470 20.23 59.54 $23.26 $48,370
Santa Rosa, CA 1,250 6.19 18.20 $24.72 $51,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.24 0.71 $20.29 $42,210
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 890 0.13 0.39 $21.48 $44,670
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 770 0.54 1.57 $17.69 $36,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 750 0.55 1.62 $20.21 $42,030
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 750 0.72 2.12 $18.72 $38,930
Winston-Salem, NC 650 2.47 7.26 $29.52 $61,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 610 0.53 1.55 $19.70 $40,980
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 550 0.52 1.52 $17.14 $35,650


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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)
Napa, CA 1,470 20.23 59.54 $23.26 $48,370
Santa Rosa, CA 1,250 6.19 18.20 $24.72 $51,420
Albany, GA 280 4.63 13.63 $28.55 $59,380
Walla Walla, WA 120 4.59 13.51 $19.23 $39,990
Merced, CA 180 2.63 7.73 $21.32 $44,350
Greeley, CO 250 2.54 7.48 $21.86 $45,480
Winston-Salem, NC 650 2.47 7.26 $29.52 $61,400
Idaho Falls, ID 150 2.25 6.63 $17.61 $36,630
Visalia-Porterville, CA 330 2.18 6.43 $22.85 $47,520
Kennewick-Richland, WA 180 1.62 4.75 $19.89 $41,380


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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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 170 1.31 3.84 $31.32 $65,140
Winston-Salem, NC 650 2.47 7.26 $29.52 $61,400
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.46 1.36 $29.44 $61,230
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.08 0.22 $29.27 $60,880
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (8) (8) (8) $29.20 $60,730
Jacksonville, FL 180 0.27 0.78 $28.91 $60,120
Greenville, NC 90 1.23 3.61 $28.70 $59,690
Albany, GA 280 4.63 13.63 $28.55 $59,380
Columbus, OH 220 0.21 0.62 $27.11 $56,390
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.49 1.46 $26.76 $55,670

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 320 7.58 22.31 $30.87 $64,210
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.16 3.43 $16.43 $34,170
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.26 3.70 $19.65 $40,880
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 0.78 2.28 $18.52 $38,520
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.64 1.87 $19.23 $39,990

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 320 7.58 22.31 $30.87 $64,210
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 200 3.33 9.79 $43.38 $90,240
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 3.05 8.98 $16.39 $34,090
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 2.09 6.16 $18.83 $39,170
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.97 5.79 $18.33 $38,130

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 200 3.33 9.79 $43.38 $90,240
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.71 5.04 $30.95 $64,380
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 320 7.58 22.31 $30.87 $64,210
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 1.59 $28.97 $60,270
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 1.57 $27.17 $56,510


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