Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
429,890 1.7 % $12.95 $26,930 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.90 $10.01 $11.94 $14.96 $18.63
Annual Wage (2) $18,510 $20,820 $24,830 $31,120 $38,750


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 135,320 3.74 $11.62 $24,160
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 23,690 4.82 $12.62 $26,260
Printing and Related Support Activities 15,100 3.34 $12.94 $26,920
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 13,770 5.11 $14.18 $29,500
Plastics Product Manufacturing 12,200 2.16 $12.98 $27,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 7,480 5.42 $12.64 $26,280
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,290 5.28 $17.46 $36,310
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 13,770 5.11 $14.18 $29,500
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 200 5.03 $12.04 $25,050
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 23,690 4.82 $12.62 $26,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 470 0.88 $23.59 $49,070
Rail Transportation 330 0.15 $21.63 $44,990
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $20.36 $42,350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $19.63 $40,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $17.73 $36,870


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 45,560 2.85 0.93 $12.91 $26,840
Texas 44,700 3.81 1.24 $12.24 $25,460
Tennessee 21,500 7.43 2.43 $12.33 $25,640
Pennsylvania 20,920 3.64 1.19 $14.15 $29,440
Michigan 20,130 4.78 1.56 $12.40 $25,800




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)
Alabama 17,170 8.98 2.93 $11.83 $24,600
Arkansas 9,550 8.01 2.62 $11.84 $24,640
Tennessee 21,500 7.43 2.43 $12.33 $25,640
Indiana 17,760 5.94 1.94 $12.64 $26,280
Rhode Island 2,780 5.84 1.91 $11.41 $23,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 540 1.97 0.64 $18.88 $39,260
South Dakota 30 0.08 0.03 $16.42 $34,160
Alaska 290 0.91 0.30 $16.23 $33,770
North Dakota 450 1.05 0.34 $16.01 $33,300
Oregon 3,850 2.15 0.70 $15.47 $32,180





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,250 4.51 1.47 $13.11 $27,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,320 2.92 0.95 $12.29 $25,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,610 2.37 0.77 $13.73 $28,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,160 3.75 1.22 $12.31 $25,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,960 1.06 0.34 $13.07 $27,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,640 2.60 0.85 $12.43 $25,850
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 6,450 5.34 1.75 $12.88 $26,790
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,370 4.08 1.33 $12.21 $25,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,220 2.56 0.84 $11.82 $24,590
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 6,070 6.19 2.02 $11.00 $22,880