Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
537,500 0.7 % $19.73 $41,040 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.85 $13.64 $17.95 $23.95 $30.99
Annual Wage (2) $22,560 $28,370 $37,340 $49,810 $64,450


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 42,190 1.17 $16.04 $33,370
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 27,830 1.96 $23.33 $48,530
Plastics Product Manufacturing 23,180 4.04 $17.23 $35,830
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,470 3.65 $18.37 $38,200
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 21,270 4.45 $27.95 $58,130

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 730 6.82 $12.15 $25,270
Foundries 6,530 5.63 $19.52 $40,610
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,440 4.90 $16.04 $33,360
Fabric Mills 2,610 4.86 $15.41 $32,060
Rubber Product Manufacturing 6,490 4.83 $18.81 $39,130

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 920 0.24 $34.10 $70,930
Other Pipeline Transportation 170 2.09 $31.94 $66,440
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 120 1.02 $31.34 $65,180
Natural Gas Distribution 1,090 0.97 $30.54 $63,510
Nonresidential Building Construction 590 0.08 $30.22 $62,860


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 56,610 3.39 0.90 $20.84 $43,350
Texas 51,580 4.34 1.15 $21.07 $43,820
Ohio 31,380 5.84 1.55 $19.21 $39,960
Michigan 28,440 6.65 1.76 $16.99 $35,350
Illinois 26,510 4.47 1.19 $19.48 $40,510




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)
Michigan 28,440 6.65 1.76 $16.99 $35,350
Indiana 19,180 6.35 1.69 $18.33 $38,120
South Carolina 12,740 6.34 1.68 $18.56 $38,610
Kentucky 11,050 5.89 1.56 $18.29 $38,050
Ohio 31,380 5.84 1.55 $19.21 $39,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.33 0.35 $31.40 $65,320
District of Columbia 60 0.09 0.02 $28.69 $59,670
Washington 11,840 3.71 0.99 $27.82 $57,860
Wyoming 930 3.48 0.92 $25.26 $52,550
North Dakota 1,260 3.02 0.80 $24.72 $51,410



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 16,650 5.69 1.51 $22.75 $47,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,390 3.70 0.98 $20.17 $41,950
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 15,180 4.15 1.10 $19.02 $39,570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,900 1.78 0.47 $19.61 $40,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,830 4.35 1.15 $19.50 $40,550
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 10,370 8.42 2.23 $17.66 $36,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 9,290 3.55 0.94 $18.11 $37,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,800 4.73 1.26 $29.94 $62,270
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,580 4.69 1.24 $20.22 $42,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,710 3.47 0.92 $20.23 $42,070


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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)
Columbus, IN 1,050 21.35 5.66 $17.33 $36,040
Dalton, GA 980 14.92 3.96 $16.18 $33,640
Morristown, TN 590 13.77 3.65 $15.44 $32,120
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,560 12.28 3.26 $17.90 $37,230
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,000 11.88 3.15 $23.67 $49,220
Kankakee, IL 490 11.12 2.95 $25.63 $53,310
Burlington, NC 650 10.87 2.88 $15.59 $32,420
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,600 10.38 2.75 $15.52 $32,290
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 440 10.28 2.73 $15.83 $32,920
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 5,540 10.04 2.66 $14.98 $31,160