Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
8,820 5.1 % $16.60 $34,520 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.64 $12.69 $15.58 $20.05 $23.92
Annual Wage (2) $22,140 $26,390 $32,410 $41,700 $49,740


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 2,890 0.56 $15.53 $32,290
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,070 1.42 $18.20 $37,850
Beverage Manufacturing 900 0.35 $13.42 $27,920
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 720 0.43 $17.62 $36,650
Warehousing and Storage 400 0.03 $18.45 $38,380

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 2,070 1.42 $18.20 $37,850
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,890 0.56 $15.53 $32,290
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 720 0.43 $17.62 $36,650
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 120 0.37 $12.44 $25,880
Beverage Manufacturing 900 0.35 $13.42 $27,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places (8) (8) $24.89 $51,770
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) (8) $22.86 $47,540
Animal Food Manufacturing 80 0.12 $19.56 $40,690
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $19.02 $39,570
Warehousing and Storage 400 0.03 $18.45 $38,380


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 1,020 0.06 0.99 $17.05 $35,460
Texas 740 0.06 1.01 $16.58 $34,490
Iowa 590 0.38 6.29 $18.28 $38,010
Arkansas 490 0.40 6.58 $15.46 $32,150
Minnesota 460 0.16 2.66 $20.65 $42,950




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 490 0.40 6.58 $15.46 $32,150
Iowa 590 0.38 6.29 $18.28 $38,010
Mississippi 330 0.29 4.80 $14.39 $29,920
Vermont 80 0.28 4.52 $15.28 $31,780
Missouri 440 0.16 2.55 $16.71 $34,750




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 2.23 $21.65 $45,020
Minnesota 460 0.16 2.66 $20.65 $42,950
Oregon 70 0.04 0.64 $20.05 $41,710
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) $19.06 $39,650
Washington 140 0.04 0.71 $18.60 $38,680





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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 400 4.74 77.76 (8) (8)
Rochester, MN 190 1.63 26.75 $22.33 $46,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 160 0.03 0.43 $15.25 $31,730
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.03 0.57 $14.00 $29,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 160 0.04 0.72 $20.01 $41,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 130 0.05 0.80 $13.06 $27,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 110 0.01 0.19 $16.40 $34,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 0.59 $17.35 $36,090
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.40 6.53 $13.92 $28,940
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 80 0.03 0.52 $15.63 $32,510




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 400 4.74 77.76 (8) (8)
Rochester, MN 190 1.63 26.75 $22.33 $46,450
Merced, CA 40 0.55 8.96 (8) (8)
Gainesville, GA 50 0.54 8.90 $16.03 $33,340
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.40 6.53 $13.92 $28,940
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 30 0.37 5.99 $15.51 $32,270
Lancaster, PA 50 0.21 3.38 $18.65 $38,800
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 80 0.14 2.23 $15.77 $32,810
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 1.68 $18.91 $39,330
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.08 1.27 $14.33 $29,800




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)
Rochester, MN 190 1.63 26.75 $22.33 $46,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 160 0.04 0.72 $20.01 $41,630
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.96 $41,520
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 1.68 $18.91 $39,330
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $18.88 $39,260
Lancaster, PA 50 0.21 3.38 $18.65 $38,800
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 30 0.03 0.56 $18.19 $37,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.13 $37,700
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.42 $18.11 $37,680
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 0.59 $17.35 $36,090

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 1.36 22.30 $15.18 $31,570
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.27 20.89 $14.48 $30,120
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 12.32 $13.57 $28,220
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.53 8.71 $16.05 $33,390
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.96 15.78 $19.32 $40,190

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 1.36 22.30 $15.18 $31,570
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 21.30 $15.17 $31,550
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.27 20.89 $14.48 $30,120
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.96 15.78 $19.32 $40,190
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 12.32 $13.57 $28,220

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.00 $45,750
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.74 $45,220
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.96 15.78 $19.32 $40,190
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 9.39 $17.80 $37,020
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 7.16 $17.39 $36,170


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019