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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Industry profile for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Geographic profile for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

National estimates for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
47,930 2.9 % $ 22.52 $ 46,850 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.42 $ 16.46 $ 20.72 $ 26.88 $ 34.72
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,910 $ 34,230 $ 43,100 $ 55,900 $ 72,220


Industry profile for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 5,930 3.95 $ 21.12 $ 43,930
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,170 1.06 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Grain and Oilseed Milling 2,970 4.81 $ 20.25 $ 42,120
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 2,050 0.57 $ 24.37 $ 50,680
Other Food Manufacturing 1,630 0.72 $ 22.32 $ 46,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 2,970 4.81 $ 20.25 $ 42,120
Dairy Product Manufacturing 5,930 3.95 $ 21.12 $ 43,930
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 990 1.08 $ 25.60 $ 53,240
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,170 1.06 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 680 0.93 $ 19.94 $ 41,470

Top paying industries for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 210 0.19 $ 38.82 $ 80,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $ 31.65 $ 65,830
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 510 0.52 $ 31.37 $ 65,240
Support Activities for Mining 40 0.01 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Metal Ore Mining 360 0.89 $ 28.26 $ 58,790


Geographic profile for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,690 0.47 1.36 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Texas 3,280 0.27 0.79 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Illinois 2,670 0.47 1.37 $ 20.99 $ 43,650
Colorado 2,150 0.83 2.42 $ 24.07 $ 50,060
Pennsylvania 2,090 0.38 1.10 $ 20.49 $ 42,620




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 380 1.46 4.24 $ 38.41 $ 79,900
Vermont 350 1.26 3.66 $ 21.56 $ 44,840
Maine 560 0.97 2.81 $ 22.87 $ 47,580
Colorado 2,150 0.83 2.42 $ 24.07 $ 50,060
Idaho 580 0.81 2.34 $ 19.10 $ 39,720




Top paying states for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 380 1.46 4.24 $ 38.41 $ 79,900
Nevada 360 0.29 0.83 $ 28.82 $ 59,950
New Hampshire 230 0.37 1.06 $ 27.70 $ 57,610
Ohio 1,620 0.31 0.91 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Alaska 180 0.59 1.71 $ 25.83 $ 53,730





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 1,420 20.60 59.79 $ 31.16 $ 64,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 0.89 $ 17.72 $ 36,850
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,100 0.25 0.73 $ 21.25 $ 44,210
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 980 0.36 1.05 $ 21.26 $ 44,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 970 0.17 0.48 $ 21.78 $ 45,300
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 840 0.09 0.28 $ 24.26 $ 50,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 840 0.57 1.66 $ 22.53 $ 46,860
Santa Rosa, CA 810 4.20 12.19 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 770 0.33 0.96 $ 27.16 $ 56,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 640 0.21 0.62 $ 28.55 $ 59,380




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 1,420 20.60 59.79 $ 31.16 $ 64,800
Merced, CA 400 5.54 16.09 $ 23.08 $ 48,010
Santa Rosa, CA 810 4.20 12.19 $ 27.70 $ 57,620
Walla Walla, WA 100 4.13 12.00 $ 29.20 $ 60,730
St. Joseph, MO-KS 190 3.57 10.37 $ 18.46 $ 38,400
Fort Collins, CO 520 3.36 9.74 $ 32.24 $ 67,060
Sheboygan, WI 160 2.74 7.94 $ 17.23 $ 35,840
Idaho Falls, ID 170 2.45 7.10 $ 18.77 $ 39,050
Greeley, CO 240 2.28 6.63 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
Bend-Redmond, OR 180 2.22 6.44 $ 19.81 $ 41,200




Top paying metropolitan areas for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 90 0.55 1.59 $ 33.58 $ 69,860
Fort Collins, CO 520 3.36 9.74 $ 32.24 $ 67,060
Columbus, OH 540 0.53 1.54 $ 31.94 $ 66,440
Napa, CA 1,420 20.60 59.79 $ 31.16 $ 64,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.08 0.23 $ 30.12 $ 62,640
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 350 0.34 1.00 $ 29.66 $ 61,700
Syracuse, NY 180 0.63 1.83 $ 29.49 $ 61,340
Walla Walla, WA 100 4.13 12.00 $ 29.20 $ 60,730
Greensboro-High Point, NC 80 0.23 0.67 $ 28.63 $ 59,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 640 0.21 0.62 $ 28.55 $ 59,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.51 10.19 $ 40.87 $ 85,020
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 280 1.89 5.49 $ 21.63 $ 45,000
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 270 1.72 4.99 $ 27.60 $ 57,410
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 270 1.46 4.25 $ 23.08 $ 48,010
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.72 4.99 $ 19.87 $ 41,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.51 10.19 $ 40.87 $ 85,020
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 210 2.24 6.49 $ 33.75 $ 70,210
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 280 1.89 5.49 $ 21.63 $ 45,000
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 270 1.72 4.99 $ 27.60 $ 57,410
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.72 4.99 $ 19.87 $ 41,330

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 330 3.51 10.19 $ 40.87 $ 85,020
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 210 2.24 6.49 $ 33.75 $ 70,210
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 0.67 $ 30.46 $ 63,360
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 270 1.72 4.99 $ 27.60 $ 57,410
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 2.02 $ 27.41 $ 57,000


About May 2020 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021