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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
51,160 2.6 % $21.81 $45,370 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.84 $15.80 $19.87 $26.54 $34.04
Annual Wage (2) $26,710 $32,870 $41,330 $55,190 $70,800


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 20,940 7.71 $22.94 $47,710
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,010 3.98 $20.19 $41,990
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 2,840 0.96 $24.03 $49,990
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 2,740 0.75 $23.40 $48,670
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,610 0.01 $18.96 $39,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beverage Manufacturing 20,940 7.71 $22.94 $47,710
Dairy Product Manufacturing 6,010 3.98 $20.19 $41,990
Tobacco Manufacturing 270 2.55 $28.23 $58,720
Metal Ore Mining 610 1.46 $25.77 $53,600
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,180 1.28 $23.43 $48,740

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 $32.70 $68,010
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 510 0.50 $30.12 $62,650
Support Activities for Mining 30 0.01 $30.00 $62,410
Tobacco Manufacturing 270 2.55 $28.23 $58,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 270 0.04 $26.53 $55,190


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 8,810 0.51 1.45 $24.72 $51,410
Texas 3,480 0.28 0.80 $21.74 $45,210
Pennsylvania 2,450 0.42 1.19 $20.25 $42,110
Colorado 2,130 0.79 2.28 $22.34 $46,460
New York 2,100 0.22 0.63 $20.98 $43,640




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 320 1.19 3.41 $37.99 $79,030
Vermont 320 1.06 3.04 $19.70 $40,970
Maine 560 0.91 2.61 $22.54 $46,880
Nebraska 850 0.86 2.48 $17.26 $35,900
Oregon 1,600 0.84 2.41 $20.45 $42,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 320 1.19 3.41 $37.99 $79,030
Nevada 350 0.25 0.73 $29.79 $61,960
New Hampshire 530 0.80 2.31 $26.90 $55,950
Ohio 1,610 0.30 0.85 $26.61 $55,340
New Jersey 880 0.22 0.62 $26.28 $54,660





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 1,810 23.45 67.31 $29.41 $61,180
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,330 0.28 0.81 $20.40 $42,420
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,270 0.13 0.38 $25.19 $52,400
Santa Rosa, CA 1,120 5.37 15.40 $27.67 $57,550
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,040 0.36 1.04 $20.05 $41,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,030 0.28 0.81 $18.74 $38,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,000 0.16 0.46 $19.58 $40,730
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 890 0.59 1.68 $20.99 $43,660
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 830 0.68 1.96 $20.73 $43,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 750 0.24 0.70 $25.17 $52,350




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 1,810 23.45 67.31 $29.41 $61,180
Santa Rosa, CA 1,120 5.37 15.40 $27.67 $57,550
Merced, CA 350 4.53 13.01 $21.17 $44,040
Walla Walla, WA 110 4.40 12.65 $21.41 $44,530
Kankakee, IL 180 3.91 11.23 $35.14 $73,100
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 390 3.33 9.57 $22.08 $45,920
St. Joseph, MO-KS 180 3.25 9.32 $17.99 $37,410
Portsmouth, NH-ME 280 2.93 8.41 $25.22 $52,460
Sheboygan, WI 150 2.49 7.16 $16.71 $34,760
Greeley, CO 250 2.31 6.62 $21.38 $44,480