Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
402,140 2.0 % $13.50 $28,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.18 $10.49 $12.54 $15.73 $19.08
Annual Wage (2) $19,090 $21,830 $26,070 $32,730 $39,680


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 129,160 3.60 $12.30 $25,580
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 24,210 4.79 $13.68 $28,450
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 15,020 5.58 $14.59 $30,350
Printing and Related Support Activities 13,030 2.93 $13.16 $27,370
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 12,990 2.83 $13.82 $28,750

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 220 5.94 $12.94 $26,910
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 15,020 5.58 $14.59 $30,350
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,110 5.28 $18.19 $37,830
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 24,210 4.79 $13.68 $28,450
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,260 4.62 $12.92 $26,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 390 0.78 $23.74 $49,390
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $20.02 $41,640
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 320 0.08 $19.83 $41,250
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,110 5.28 $18.19 $37,830
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 380 0.34 $17.70 $36,810


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 45,970 3.87 1.37 $13.08 $27,210
California 37,020 2.22 0.79 $13.51 $28,100
Tennessee 21,270 7.29 2.59 $12.73 $26,470
Indiana 20,200 6.69 2.37 $13.26 $27,580
Alabama 18,830 9.79 3.47 $12.37 $25,740




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 18,830 9.79 3.47 $12.37 $25,740
Tennessee 21,270 7.29 2.59 $12.73 $26,470
Arkansas 8,570 7.14 2.53 $12.28 $25,550
Indiana 20,200 6.69 2.37 $13.26 $27,580
Mississippi 6,030 5.39 1.91 $13.79 $28,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.02 $19.28 $40,110
Wyoming 430 1.60 0.57 $16.97 $35,310
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $16.57 $34,470
South Dakota 30 0.08 0.03 $16.47 $34,260
Alaska 140 0.45 0.16 $15.93 $33,130



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,820 4.72 1.67 $14.05 $29,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,800 2.21 0.78 $12.72 $26,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,360 2.28 0.81 $14.16 $29,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,240 3.31 1.17 $12.61 $26,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,560 3.91 1.39 $13.22 $27,490
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,360 0.95 0.34 $13.72 $28,540
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 6,050 6.43 2.28 $11.93 $24,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,790 2.21 0.78 $12.91 $26,850
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 5,430 8.79 3.12 $11.12 $23,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 5,290 5.32 1.89 $11.31 $23,530


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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)
Gadsden, AL 830 23.25 8.24 $12.30 $25,590
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 1,000 23.20 8.22 $14.48 $30,110
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,300 21.29 7.55 $10.98 $22,830
Columbus, IN 1,020 20.83 7.38 $12.99 $27,010
Walla Walla, WA 480 18.84 6.68 $14.93 $31,050
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 1,090 17.32 6.14 $11.44 $23,790
Rome, GA 530 14.42 5.11 $11.94 $24,830
Tuscaloosa, AL 1,330 13.31 4.72 $12.00 $24,960
Auburn-Opelika, AL 720 12.84 4.55 $11.02 $22,920
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 1,100 12.45 4.41 $12.78 $26,580