Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.


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)
518,950 0.7 % $19.40 $40,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.52 $13.35 $17.68 $23.68 $30.57
Annual Wage (2) $21,880 $27,760 $36,780 $49,250 $63,590


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)
Employment Services 39,580 1.09 $15.65 $32,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 27,340 1.95 $22.68 $47,170
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 22,250 4.53 $27.22 $56,610
Plastics Product Manufacturing 20,950 3.71 $16.93 $35,220
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 20,460 3.53 $17.97 $37,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel Knitting Mills 840 6.74 $11.50 $23,920
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 4,810 5.64 $18.85 $39,210
Foundries 6,680 5.52 $18.64 $38,780
Fabric Mills 2,710 4.94 $14.88 $30,950
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 13,040 4.59 $22.15 $46,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 970 0.25 $33.65 $69,980
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil (8) (8) $31.07 $64,620
Other Pipeline Transportation (8) (8) $29.89 $62,170
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 670 2.28 $29.86 $62,110
Natural Gas Distribution 910 0.80 $28.24 $58,730


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 54,840 3.43 0.93 $20.55 $42,740
Texas 51,360 4.37 1.18 $20.42 $42,480
Ohio 31,040 5.82 1.57 $18.92 $39,350
Michigan 26,900 6.39 1.73 $17.04 $35,450
Illinois 23,710 4.02 1.09 $18.84 $39,200




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)
Indiana 19,220 6.42 1.74 $18.09 $37,620
Michigan 26,900 6.39 1.73 $17.04 $35,450
Kentucky 11,700 6.26 1.69 $18.49 $38,450
South Carolina 11,850 5.98 1.62 $18.00 $37,440
Ohio 31,040 5.82 1.57 $18.92 $39,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 610 1.89 0.51 $30.17 $62,760
Washington 11,860 3.87 1.05 $26.80 $55,730
North Dakota 1,280 3.00 0.81 $26.37 $54,860
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.03 $25.38 $52,790
Wyoming 810 2.93 0.79 $25.06 $52,120





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,570 3.92 1.06 $20.27 $42,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 16,540 5.63 1.52 $22.82 $47,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,430 3.69 1.00 $18.39 $38,260
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,970 1.51 0.41 $19.58 $40,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,900 4.07 1.10 $19.17 $39,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 8,990 7.45 2.02 $18.45 $38,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,800 3.06 0.83 $17.87 $37,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,570 4.76 1.29 $28.80 $59,910
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,400 4.74 1.28 $19.92 $41,440
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 6,580 6.40 1.73 $19.98 $41,550