Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State 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)
17,590 3.5 % $11.99 $24,950 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.53 $9.01 $11.07 $14.27 $17.96
Annual Wage (2) $15,650 $18,750 $23,020 $29,680 $37,350

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
Animal slaughtering and processing 2,950 $9.79 $20,360 1 57
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 1,940 $11.03 $22,950 2 43
Dairy product manufacturing 1,040 $13.81 $28,730 3 16
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 810 $12.92 $26,880 4 18
Other food manufacturing 560 $10.31 $21,440 5 52

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 520 $19.97 $41,540 6 1
Coal mining 260 $18.16 $37,770 13 2
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 180 $17.20 $35,770 22 3
Ag., construction, and mining machinery mfg. 110 $16.78 $34,910 30 4
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying (6) $15.85 $32,970 (6) 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 820 $10.56 $21,970 0.073% 486
West Virginia 230 $15.52 $32,280 0.034% 306
Vermont 100 $12.49 $25,980 0.034% 366
Mississippi 340 $10.24 $21,300 0.031% 526
Kentucky 510 $11.09 $23,060 0.030% 513

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Virginia 120 $16.67 $34,670 0.004% 355
West Virginia 230 $15.52 $32,280 0.034% 306
Pennsylvania 1,210 $14.94 $31,080 0.022% 444
Tennessee 420 $13.99 $29,100 0.016% 404
Connecticut 300 $13.97 $29,060 0.018% 482

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
Decatur, AL MSA 100 $12.41 $25,810 0.189%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 120 $14.12 $29,370 0.143%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA 80 $12.19 $25,360 0.043%
Newark, NJ PMSA 340 $10.14 $21,090 0.035%
Portsmouth-Rochester, NH-ME PMSA 40 $14.80 $30,790 0.033%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Gary, IN PMSA 70 $17.50 $36,400 0.028%
Erie, PA MSA 40 $16.17 $33,640 0.031%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 110 $16.02 $33,320 0.010%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 30 $15.67 $32,580 0.002%
Oakland, CA PMSA 80 $15.54 $32,330 0.008%

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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