Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
8,170 5.0 % $15.43 $32,100 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.70 $11.41 $14.04 $18.43 $24.14
Annual Wage (2) $20,170 $23,730 $29,190 $38,330 $50,210


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 2,950 0.60 $14.37 $29,890
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,890 1.35 $18.12 $37,690
Beverage Manufacturing 950 0.42 $12.94 $26,910
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.46 $15.71 $32,680
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 240 0.74 $11.18 $23,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,890 1.35 $18.12 $37,690
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 240 0.74 $11.18 $23,240
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,950 0.60 $14.37 $29,890
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.46 $15.71 $32,680
Beverage Manufacturing 950 0.42 $12.94 $26,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $22.47 $46,740
Other Food Manufacturing 40 0.02 $20.52 $42,680
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 40 (7) $18.87 $39,250
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,890 1.35 $18.12 $37,690
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.03 $16.35 $34,010


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)
Texas 790 0.07 1.16 $15.26 $31,730
Arkansas 670 0.56 9.60 $13.88 $28,860
Missouri 590 0.21 3.69 $17.63 $36,670
California 540 0.03 0.58 $14.85 $30,890
Pennsylvania 520 0.09 1.57 $17.18 $35,730




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 670 0.56 9.60 $13.88 $28,860
Mississippi 480 0.43 7.33 $13.15 $27,350
Vermont 120 0.40 6.80 $13.23 $27,510
Iowa 410 0.27 4.56 $15.24 $31,690
Missouri 590 0.21 3.69 $17.63 $36,670




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 90 0.14 2.33 $21.41 $44,530
Washington 90 0.03 0.51 $20.79 $43,230
Massachusetts 70 0.02 0.36 $19.35 $40,250
Illinois 380 0.06 1.11 $18.42 $38,310
Colorado 50 0.02 0.35 $18.33 $38,130





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 200 0.06 0.95 $22.74 $47,300
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.83 14.23 $13.85 $28,800
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 140 1.68 28.93 $17.86 $37,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.02 0.37 $17.67 $36,750
Fort Smith, AR-OK 130 1.17 20.10 $10.42 $21,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 90 0.04 0.63 $14.70 $30,580
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 90 1.46 25.04 $13.25 $27,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.33 $14.18 $29,490
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.20 $18.38 $38,240
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 2.05 $13.93 $28,970




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 140 1.68 28.93 $17.86 $37,140
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 90 1.46 25.04 $13.25 $27,560
Fort Smith, AR-OK 130 1.17 20.10 $10.42 $21,670
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.83 14.23 $13.85 $28,800
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.46 7.97 $16.20 $33,700
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 3.35 $20.54 $42,710
Reading, PA 30 0.18 3.07 $13.06 $27,160
Fresno, CA 50 0.14 2.39 $14.10 $29,320
Jackson, MS 30 0.13 2.15 $14.68 $30,530
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.12 2.05 $13.93 $28,970




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.39 $26.16 $54,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 200 0.06 0.95 $22.74 $47,300
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $20.59 $42,830
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 3.35 $20.54 $42,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.34 $19.71 $41,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.66 $40,900
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.20 $18.38 $38,240
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 140 1.68 28.93 $17.86 $37,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 140 0.02 0.37 $17.67 $36,750
Tulsa, OK 40 0.08 1.39 $17.60 $36,620

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 150 1.49 25.56 $12.65 $26,320
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.39 23.94 $14.57 $30,300
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 8.35 $14.30 $29,750
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.52 8.90 $12.86 $26,760
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 9.92 $11.91 $24,760

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 150 1.49 25.56 $12.65 $26,320
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.39 23.94 $14.57 $30,300
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.66 11.34 $13.23 $27,510
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 9.92 $11.91 $24,760
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 9.39 $13.44 $27,950

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 6.34 $19.25 $40,040
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 3.02 $16.46 $34,240
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 2.11 $16.00 $33,270
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.81 $30,800
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.39 23.94 $14.57 $30,300


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017