Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products including food, glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials. Exclude "Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4193) and "Painters, Transportation Equipment" (51-9122).

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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)
93,110 1.5 % $13.06 $27,160 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.99 $12.37 $15.47 $19.16
Annual Wage (2) $17,310 $20,780 $25,720 $32,170 $39,850

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
Coating, engraving, and heat treating metals 9,660 $12.03 $25,030 1 64
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 6,090 $11.21 $23,310 2 74
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 5,750 $12.21 $25,390 3 61
Plastics product manufacturing 5,260 $12.26 $25,490 4 59
Converted paper product manufacturing 4,230 $14.69 $30,560 5 10

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 2,120 $18.07 $37,570 11 1
Highway, street, and bridge construction (6) $17.64 $36,700 (6) 2
Architectural and engineering services 40 $16.72 $34,770 73 3
Basic chemical manufacturing 550 $16.55 $34,430 41 4
Other transportation equipment manufacturing 370 $16.27 $33,840 50 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
Wisconsin 5,070 $14.51 $30,170 0.188% 452
South Dakota 650 $11.43 $23,770 0.183% 328
Indiana 4,960 $12.24 $25,470 0.174% 541
Arkansas 1,660 $11.85 $24,650 0.148% 410
Vermont 400 $13.82 $28,740 0.138% 309

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maine 590 $17.01 $35,380 0.100% 265
Missouri 2,160 $15.48 $32,200 0.082% 388
Minnesota 2,720 $15.16 $31,530 0.105% 451
Maryland 650 $15.00 $31,200 0.027% 441
South Carolina 2,090 $14.74 $30,660 0.118% 328

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
Sharon, PA MSA 240 $14.59 $30,350 0.507%
Wausau, WI MSA 320 $15.47 $32,180 0.478%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 530 $12.78 $26,590 0.459%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 560 $11.16 $23,210 0.342%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 170 $13.52 $28,120 0.325%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 530 $21.37 $44,440 0.075%
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 80 $19.42 $40,390 0.114%
Wichita, KS MSA 440 $18.36 $38,190 0.162%
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 540 $18.12 $37,680 0.058%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 50 $17.68 $36,760 0.097%

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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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