Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
8,630 4.4 % $16.15 $33,590 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.18 $12.02 $14.84 $19.25 $24.35
Annual Wage (2) $21,170 $25,000 $30,860 $40,040 $50,640


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,820 0.56 $15.10 $31,410
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,870 1.33 $18.87 $39,250
Beverage Manufacturing 1,020 0.42 $13.32 $27,700
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 920 0.55 $15.79 $32,850
Warehousing and Storage 320 0.03 $17.43 $36,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,870 1.33 $18.87 $39,250
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,820 0.56 $15.10 $31,410
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 920 0.55 $15.79 $32,850
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 160 0.49 $11.92 $24,790
Beverage Manufacturing 1,020 0.42 $13.32 $27,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 50 0.02 $22.08 $45,930
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $20.41 $42,440
Other Food Manufacturing 90 0.04 $19.24 $40,020
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,870 1.33 $18.87 $39,250
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 60 (7) $17.95 $37,340


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 820 0.05 0.81 $16.19 $33,670
Texas 700 0.06 0.98 $15.64 $32,540
Missouri 610 0.22 3.62 $19.53 $40,630
Pennsylvania 570 0.10 1.64 $17.31 $36,010
Arkansas 550 0.45 7.52 $14.96 $31,110




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)
Arkansas 550 0.45 7.52 $14.96 $31,110
Mississippi 450 0.40 6.59 $13.54 $28,170
Vermont 120 0.38 6.35 $13.61 $28,310
Iowa 420 0.27 4.53 $17.02 $35,400
Missouri 610 0.22 3.62 $19.53 $40,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 80 0.12 1.94 $20.79 $43,240
Missouri 610 0.22 3.62 $19.53 $40,630
Washington 120 0.04 0.63 $19.43 $40,410
Nebraska 130 0.13 2.14 $18.81 $39,130
Colorado 70 0.03 0.47 $18.03 $37,500



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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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 0.14 2.27 $19.17 $39,860
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.79 13.13 $13.94 $29,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.06 1.06 $13.51 $28,100
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 150 1.83 30.16 $18.65 $38,790
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 0.61 $14.55 $30,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.46 $13.88 $28,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.30 $18.29 $38,050
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 80 0.13 2.18 $15.50 $32,230
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 80 0.08 1.27 (8) (8)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 1.27 $13.68 $28,460


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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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 150 1.83 30.16 $18.65 $38,790
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.86 14.23 $13.84 $28,790
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.79 13.13 $13.94 $29,000
Gainesville, GA 50 0.65 10.66 $16.30 $33,900
Merced, CA 40 0.64 10.50 (8) (8)
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.62 10.23 $17.57 $36,550
Modesto, CA 40 0.21 3.44 $20.36 $42,340
Reading, PA 30 0.18 3.00 $13.45 $27,980
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 40 0.16 2.60 $14.34 $29,820
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 0.14 2.27 $19.17 $39,860


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $21.64 $45,010
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.06 1.04 $20.77 $43,210
Modesto, CA 40 0.21 3.44 $20.36 $42,340
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 0.14 2.27 $19.17 $39,860
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 150 1.83 30.16 $18.65 $38,790
Pittsburgh, PA 30 0.03 0.47 $18.64 $38,780
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.30 $18.29 $38,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.29 $17.81 $37,030
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.62 10.23 $17.57 $36,550
Rochester, NY 70 0.13 2.21 $17.49 $36,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 1.77 29.23 $12.92 $26,870
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 1.14 18.84 $14.70 $30,580
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 14.95 $11.96 $24,870
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.58 9.51 $14.90 $30,990
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.44 23.72 $14.98 $31,160

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 1.77 29.23 $12.92 $26,870
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 130 1.44 23.72 $14.98 $31,160
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 1.14 18.84 $14.70 $30,580
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 14.95 $11.96 $24,870
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 14.01 $13.58 $28,250

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.01 $47,850
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.64 $40,840
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 2.84 $17.32 $36,010
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.97 $35,310
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 6.15 $15.73 $32,720


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018