Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Apprentice workers are classified in the appropriate production occupations (51-0000).


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)
350,410 2.1 % $14.12 $29,380 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.58 $11.06 $13.33 $16.60 $19.74
Annual Wage (2) $19,930 $23,000 $27,730 $34,540 $41,060


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 105,840 2.89 $13.08 $27,210
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 26,430 5.10 $14.24 $29,630
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 14,380 5.33 $14.88 $30,960
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 12,280 2.59 $14.34 $29,820
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 11,170 3.58 $14.18 $29,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 300 8.61 $13.77 $28,650
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 14,380 5.33 $14.88 $30,960
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 26,430 5.10 $14.24 $29,630
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,810 4.18 $13.65 $28,390
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 3,710 4.02 $19.24 $40,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $20.69 $43,040
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 3,710 4.02 $19.24 $40,030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 460 0.12 $18.79 $39,090
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.26 $17.56 $36,520
Waste Treatment and Disposal 230 0.23 $17.23 $35,830


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 37,580 3.10 1.28 $13.82 $28,750
California 29,530 1.74 0.72 $14.31 $29,770
Indiana 19,540 6.41 2.65 $13.96 $29,040
Ohio 16,740 3.09 1.28 $15.24 $31,710
Alabama 16,710 8.59 3.55 $12.71 $26,440




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 10,960 9.05 3.74 $13.03 $27,110
Alabama 16,710 8.59 3.55 $12.71 $26,440
Indiana 19,540 6.41 2.65 $13.96 $29,040
Rhode Island 2,630 5.46 2.26 $12.83 $26,690
Iowa 8,320 5.40 2.23 $14.50 $30,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 250 0.94 0.39 $17.58 $36,560
North Dakota 610 1.46 0.60 $17.26 $35,910
Connecticut 1,470 0.89 0.37 $16.87 $35,090
Maine 1,540 2.54 1.05 $16.44 $34,200
Washington 3,890 1.19 0.49 $15.96 $33,190





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-Anaheim, CA 12,280 2.01 0.83 $13.87 $28,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,690 3.92 1.62 $14.32 $29,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,850 2.34 0.97 $14.79 $30,760
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,810 3.03 1.25 $13.28 $27,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,970 0.73 0.30 $13.58 $28,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,540 2.83 1.17 $14.69 $30,550
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,810 1.69 0.70 $15.20 $31,620
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 4,600 4.42 1.83 $13.45 $27,970
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,540 8.00 3.30 $12.20 $25,380
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,520 2.29 0.95 $13.70 $28,490