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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
49,770 2.6 % $21.22 $44,140 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.54 $15.42 $19.62 $25.86 $32.51
Annual Wage (2) $26,070 $32,060 $40,810 $53,790 $67,630


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 19,100 7.36 $21.76 $45,270
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,520 4.48 $20.68 $43,010
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 3,260 1.11 $23.78 $49,450
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 2,990 0.82 $22.20 $46,180
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 1,600 0.94 $19.00 $39,510

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 880 7.67 $23.11 $48,070
Beverage Manufacturing 19,100 7.36 $21.76 $45,270
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,520 4.48 $20.68 $43,010
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,480 2.50 $19.79 $41,160
Metal Ore Mining 690 1.72 $25.30 $52,630

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 260 0.23 $30.50 $63,430
Support Activities for Mining 50 0.01 $28.62 $59,520
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 710 0.72 $27.68 $57,560
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 30 0.01 $25.97 $54,010
Metal Ore Mining 690 1.72 $25.30 $52,630


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 9,370 0.55 1.60 $22.83 $47,490
Texas 3,160 0.26 0.76 $21.35 $44,420
Pennsylvania 2,980 0.51 1.48 $20.23 $42,080
Colorado 2,150 0.82 2.38 $21.40 $44,500
New York 2,150 0.23 0.67 $21.70 $45,140




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 350 1.31 3.80 $35.26 $73,340
Oregon 1,650 0.87 2.54 $19.33 $40,210
Colorado 2,150 0.82 2.38 $21.40 $44,500
Maine 470 0.78 2.28 $23.02 $47,890
New Hampshire 490 0.75 2.18 $27.13 $56,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 350 1.31 3.80 $35.26 $73,340
Nevada 420 0.31 0.91 $27.88 $57,990
New Hampshire 490 0.75 2.18 $27.13 $56,440
New Jersey 930 0.23 0.67 $26.55 $55,230
North Carolina 1,870 0.43 1.24 $23.42 $48,720





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 1,580 20.93 60.85 $24.86 $51,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,380 0.48 1.40 $19.80 $41,170
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,360 0.14 0.42 $24.92 $51,840
Santa Rosa, CA 1,210 5.90 17.16 $24.79 $51,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,130 0.19 0.54 $21.79 $45,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,050 0.23 0.66 $20.40 $42,430
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 820 0.56 1.62 $20.45 $42,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 800 0.67 1.96 $20.32 $42,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 800 0.22 0.65 $19.14 $39,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 790 0.26 0.77 $23.25 $48,360




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 1,580 20.93 60.85 $24.86 $51,720
Santa Rosa, CA 1,210 5.90 17.16 $24.79 $51,560
Kankakee, IL 170 3.92 11.40 $34.12 $70,960
Merced, CA 280 3.87 11.26 $20.71 $43,080
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 430 3.63 10.56 $19.21 $39,950
St. Joseph, MO-KS 170 3.17 9.23 $21.43 $44,570
Greeley, CO 270 2.57 7.47 $21.05 $43,790
Visalia-Porterville, CA 330 2.15 6.24 $24.58 $51,120
Bend-Redmond, OR 170 2.01 5.85 $18.16 $37,760
Kennewick-Richland, WA 220 1.91 5.57 $20.15 $41,920