Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
392,910 1.4 % $15.38 $31,990 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.82 $11.31 $14.11 $18.31 $23.34
Annual Wage (2) $20,430 $23,530 $29,350 $38,090 $48,550


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 59,590 1.66 $13.34 $27,750
Beverage Manufacturing 28,660 11.73 $18.45 $38,370
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 25,220 8.77 $16.58 $34,480
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 25,160 15.21 $15.75 $32,750
Other Food Manufacturing 24,460 11.30 $15.50 $32,240

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 2,060 17.05 $19.40 $40,360
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 25,160 15.21 $15.75 $32,750
Dairy Product Manufacturing 18,730 13.31 $17.33 $36,040
Beverage Manufacturing 28,660 11.73 $18.45 $38,370
Other Food Manufacturing 24,460 11.30 $15.50 $32,240

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) $27.18 $56,540
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 70 0.01 $25.28 $52,580
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,060 17.05 $19.40 $40,360
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,280 0.28 $18.72 $38,940
Grain and Oilseed Milling 6,310 10.49 $18.53 $38,530


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 50,810 3.04 1.10 $15.04 $31,290
Wisconsin 21,430 7.59 2.75 $15.91 $33,090
Illinois 20,580 3.47 1.26 $16.03 $33,350
Pennsylvania 19,930 3.45 1.25 $16.25 $33,800
Texas 19,080 1.60 0.58 $14.85 $30,890




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 21,430 7.59 2.75 $15.91 $33,090
Kansas 6,930 5.06 1.84 $17.06 $35,480
Idaho 3,450 5.03 1.82 $15.85 $32,970
Kentucky 9,310 4.96 1.80 $17.10 $35,570
Nebraska 3,900 4.02 1.46 $17.55 $36,510




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 1.18 0.43 $21.32 $44,340
Nebraska 3,900 4.02 1.46 $17.55 $36,510
Connecticut 2,370 1.43 0.52 $17.28 $35,950
Kentucky 9,310 4.96 1.80 $17.10 $35,570
Kansas 6,930 5.06 1.84 $17.06 $35,480



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,310 3.00 1.09 $14.63 $30,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,250 3.62 1.31 $16.52 $34,360
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,770 1.61 0.58 $13.71 $28,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,380 2.82 1.02 $16.49 $34,300
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 5,940 10.77 3.91 $14.65 $30,470
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,920 3.06 1.11 $16.60 $34,530
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,390 5.10 1.85 $16.18 $33,660
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,210 3.22 1.17 $13.30 $27,670
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,200 4.46 1.62 $15.20 $31,610
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 4,490 5.33 1.94 $13.08 $27,200


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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)
Logan, UT-ID 1,000 18.35 6.66 $15.95 $33,170
Gettysburg, PA 540 16.50 5.99 $15.64 $32,530
Wausau, WI 1,100 15.74 5.71 $18.12 $37,680
St. Joseph, MO-KS 780 14.69 5.33 $16.28 $33,860
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 620 14.67 5.32 $17.55 $36,510
Yakima, WA 1,250 13.98 5.07 $15.20 $31,620
Racine, WI 1,020 13.63 4.95 $16.33 $33,960
Merced, CA 870 12.57 4.56 $14.89 $30,980
Bowling Green, KY 900 12.12 4.40 $19.28 $40,100
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 480 12.01 4.36 $16.52 $34,370