Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
395,330 1.5 % $15.74 $32,740 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.22 $11.81 $14.50 $18.62 $23.50
Annual Wage (2) $21,260 $24,570 $30,160 $38,730 $48,890


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 50,710 1.38 $13.78 $28,650
Beverage Manufacturing 28,360 10.92 $18.30 $38,060
Other Food Manufacturing 26,650 11.89 $15.96 $33,200
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 26,430 15.62 $16.20 $33,700
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 26,130 8.88 $17.02 $35,400

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 19.09 $18.74 $38,970
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 26,430 15.62 $16.20 $33,700
Dairy Product Manufacturing 20,060 13.79 $17.60 $36,600
Other Food Manufacturing 26,650 11.89 $15.96 $33,200
Grain and Oilseed Milling 6,510 10.96 $19.36 $40,270

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) 30 (7) $27.96 $58,160
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $20.67 $42,980
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $19.37 $40,290
Grain and Oilseed Milling 6,510 10.96 $19.36 $40,270
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,190 19.09 $18.74 $38,970


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 48,570 2.86 1.05 $15.62 $32,480
Wisconsin 23,510 8.25 3.02 $16.64 $34,600
Texas 20,870 1.72 0.63 $14.70 $30,570
Pennsylvania 20,630 3.53 1.29 $16.92 $35,200
Illinois 17,960 3.00 1.10 $16.30 $33,900




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 23,510 8.25 3.02 $16.64 $34,600
Idaho 3,860 5.47 2.00 $16.24 $33,790
Kentucky 10,100 5.34 1.96 $17.57 $36,550
Kansas 6,480 4.71 1.72 $17.28 $35,950
Iowa 6,610 4.29 1.57 $15.93 $33,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 360 1.33 0.49 $21.97 $45,690
Connecticut 2,330 1.41 0.51 $18.50 $38,480
Nebraska 4,170 4.27 1.56 $17.59 $36,580
Kentucky 10,100 5.34 1.96 $17.57 $36,550
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.02 $17.57 $36,540





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,020 2.00 0.73 $14.25 $29,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 17,470 2.85 1.05 $15.03 $31,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 14,120 3.04 1.11 $16.04 $33,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,200 2.88 1.05 $15.68 $32,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,680 2.15 0.79 $14.66 $30,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,450 2.40 0.88 $17.21 $35,790
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 6,420 11.30 4.14 $15.42 $32,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,910 3.02 1.11 $16.93 $35,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,700 2.07 0.76 $15.99 $33,260
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,580 5.21 1.91 $16.93 $35,220