Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
59,240 2.4 % $12.40 $25,790 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.04 $9.60 $11.66 $14.23 $18.39
Annual Wage (2) $16,730 $19,970 $24,250 $29,590 $38,250

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Couriers 14,020 $11.80 $24,540 1 60
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 4,050 $10.78 $22,430 2 80
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 2,260 $11.49 $23,900 3 67
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 2,200 $11.58 $24,100 4 66
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 1,850 $12.75 $26,520 5 41

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 130 $21.24 $44,180 64 1
Coal mining 990 $20.26 $42,150 13 2
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 250 $18.99 $39,500 40 3
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 440 $18.38 $38,230 28 4
Metal ore mining 150 $17.14 $35,640 56 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
North Dakota 510 $12.97 $26,970 0.163% 292
Nebraska 1,270 $11.84 $24,620 0.145% 404
Idaho 660 $9.73 $20,240 0.117% 451
West Virginia 720 $16.82 $34,990 0.106% 229
Iowa 1,500 $12.24 $25,470 0.106% 444

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
West Virginia 720 $16.82 $34,990 0.106% 229
Arizona 900 $14.89 $30,970 0.040% 324
Pennsylvania 2,380 $14.03 $29,170 0.043% 453
Washington 1,010 $13.87 $28,860 0.039% 501
Michigan 1,020 $13.66 $28,420 0.023% 470

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 170 $10.62 $22,080 0.266%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 260 $13.89 $28,880 0.226%
St. Joseph, MO MSA 90 $14.38 $29,920 0.207%
Danville, VA MSA 80 $9.94 $20,680 0.182%
Pocatello, ID MSA 50 $11.98 $24,920 0.159%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 70 $17.48 $36,350 0.062%
Gary, IN PMSA 70 $16.82 $34,990 0.028%
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 250 $16.51 $34,340 0.071%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 70 $16.39 $34,100 0.035%
Lincoln, NE MSA 60 $16.35 $34,010 0.041%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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