Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.


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)
386,520 1.3 % $14.86 $30,910 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.48 $10.84 $13.60 $17.77 $22.90
Annual Wage (2) $19,720 $22,540 $28,290 $36,970 $47,620


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 66,270 1.83 $12.71 $26,430
Beverage Manufacturing 26,700 11.75 $18.05 $37,550
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 24,630 8.68 $15.38 $31,990
Other Food Manufacturing 23,050 11.24 $15.27 $31,750
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 22,520 4.58 $13.62 $28,340

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 2,190 16.83 $20.46 $42,560
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 22,360 13.36 $15.26 $31,740
Dairy Product Manufacturing 17,530 12.52 $16.86 $35,080
Beverage Manufacturing 26,700 11.75 $18.05 $37,550
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 12,410 11.59 $15.09 $31,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $26.24 $54,580
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 60 0.01 $23.05 $47,940
Local Government (OES Designation) 240 (7) $21.04 $43,750
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 150 0.18 $20.65 $42,950
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,190 16.83 $20.46 $42,560


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 50,440 3.16 1.15 $14.46 $30,080
Texas 22,220 1.89 0.69 $13.67 $28,430
Illinois 20,000 3.39 1.23 $15.65 $32,560
Pennsylvania 18,800 3.27 1.19 $15.78 $32,820
Ohio 17,460 3.27 1.19 $16.25 $33,790




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)
Wisconsin 16,790 5.98 2.17 $15.64 $32,530
Vermont 1,500 4.91 1.78 $16.00 $33,270
Kentucky 8,880 4.75 1.73 $15.64 $32,530
Kansas 6,160 4.48 1.63 $16.52 $34,360
Nebraska 4,080 4.22 1.53 $14.88 $30,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 250 0.89 0.32 $20.48 $42,610
Connecticut 2,730 1.64 0.59 $16.85 $35,050
New Hampshire 1,180 1.83 0.67 $16.80 $34,950
Kansas 6,160 4.48 1.63 $16.52 $34,360
Ohio 17,460 3.27 1.19 $16.25 $33,790





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,610 3.74 1.36 $15.87 $33,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,870 3.05 1.11 $14.25 $29,640
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,740 1.63 0.59 $13.65 $28,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 8,870 3.47 1.26 $14.84 $30,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,390 3.35 1.22 $15.21 $31,640
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,570 5.34 1.94 $17.02 $35,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,930 2.03 0.74 $13.17 $27,390
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,850 4.19 1.52 $14.58 $30,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,550 1.55 0.56 $15.44 $32,100
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,510 2.88 1.05 $12.49 $25,970