Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.

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)
7,920 4.2 % $11.46 $23,830 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.69 $8.14 $10.31 $13.95 $18.56
Annual Wage (2) $13,910 $16,920 $21,450 $29,010 $38,610

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 2,790 $9.56 $19,890 1 13
Dairy product manufacturing 1,680 $14.52 $30,200 2 3
Seafood product preparation and packaging 810 $8.30 $17,260 3 15
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 560 $11.32 $23,550 4 12
Sugar and confectionery product manufacturing 160 $11.79 $24,520 5 9

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Warehousing and storage 90 $16.21 $33,710 7 1
Rubber product manufacturing 30 $14.67 $30,510 13 2
Dairy product manufacturing 1,680 $14.52 $30,200 2 3
Colleges and universities 40 $13.50 $28,090 12 4
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 90 $13.10 $27,240 8 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
Mississippi 810 $8.07 $16,790 0.075% 628
Arkansas 690 $9.68 $20,140 0.062% 529
Vermont 50 $13.76 $28,630 0.017% 311
Alabama 270 $9.11 $18,950 0.015% 607
Virginia 420 $9.28 $19,310 0.012% 667

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 180 $16.18 $33,650 0.004% 422
Massachusetts 100 $15.85 $32,970 0.003% 459
Oregon 130 $15.12 $31,450 0.008% 381
Colorado 80 $14.64 $30,450 0.004% 446
Washington 290 $14.47 $30,110 0.011% 530

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
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 260 $9.32 $19,390 0.159%
Lancaster, PA MSA 90 $16.47 $34,250 0.041%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 250 $9.39 $19,540 0.036%
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 30 $13.34 $27,750 0.028%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA 50 $13.46 $28,000 0.027%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Detroit, MI PMSA 80 $19.98 $41,570 0.004%
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA (6) $18.09 $37,630 (6)
Lancaster, PA MSA 90 $16.47 $34,250 0.041%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA (6) $15.66 $32,560 (6)
Chicago, IL PMSA 110 $14.47 $30,090 0.003%

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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