Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Include cannery workers who pack food products.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
400,680 3.9 % $11.40 $23,700 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.99 $8.24 $10.45 $13.74 $17.27
Annual Wage (2) $14,540 $17,130 $21,740 $28,570 $35,930

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
Employment services 78,550 $8.92 $18,550 1 127
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 23,050 $11.47 $23,850 2 73
Animal slaughtering and processing 20,460 $10.10 $21,000 3 103
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 20,090 $13.31 $27,670 4 24
Beverage manufacturing 19,490 $13.70 $28,490 5 17

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Tobacco manufacturing 2,510 $23.58 $49,060 31 1
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 3,030 $18.44 $38,360 23 2
Federal government (OES designation) 110 $18.38 $38,230 117 3
Commercial and service industry machinery 100 $16.99 $35,330 119 4
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 980 $16.63 $34,600 64 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
Arkansas 12,270 $10.04 $20,870 1.097% 510
Wisconsin 16,770 $12.26 $25,500 0.623% 561
Nebraska 4,350 $11.39 $23,690 0.496% 476
Florida 34,990 $9.87 $20,530 0.487% 643
New Jersey 17,910 $12.60 $26,210 0.463% 574

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
North Carolina 16,090 $13.50 $28,090 0.434% 457
Iowa 4,510 $13.38 $27,830 0.319% 422
New Hampshire 1,050 $13.11 $27,280 0.174% 431
Delaware 1,490 $13.03 $27,100 0.370% 377
District of Columbia (6) $12.92 $26,860 (6) 369

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
Racine, WI PMSA 1,500 $12.01 $24,970 1.979%
Yakima, WA MSA 1,260 $12.09 $25,150 1.645%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 1,980 $9.96 $20,720 1.207%
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 1,120 $10.86 $22,590 1.153%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 580 $15.60 $32,450 1.120%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Albany, GA MSA 540 $19.32 $40,190 0.987%
Jackson, MI MSA 50 $16.83 $35,010 0.089%
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 5,280 $16.64 $34,600 0.835%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 150 $15.83 $32,930 0.075%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 580 $15.60 $32,450 1.120%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) 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 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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