Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
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)
58,780 2.8 % $12.56 $26,120 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.38 $9.83 $11.87 $14.42 $18.18
Annual Wage (2) $17,430 $20,440 $24,690 $29,990 $37,810

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
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 4,390 $11.18 $23,250 1 74
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 2,610 $11.84 $24,620 2 60
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 2,080 $11.34 $23,590 3 70
Warehousing and storage 1,830 $11.60 $24,120 4 65
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 1,720 $14.86 $30,900 5 15

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Coal mining 1,050 $19.69 $40,940 10 1
Power generation and supply 160 $19.32 $40,180 45 2
Waste treatment and disposal 40 $19.25 $40,030 79 3
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 270 $18.79 $39,090 37 4
Metal ore mining 80 $18.51 $38,500 69 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 620 $13.32 $27,710 0.197% 306
Nebraska 1,590 $12.07 $25,100 0.181% 443
West Virginia 760 $16.53 $34,390 0.112% 268
Idaho 590 $10.12 $21,050 0.104% 486
Kentucky 1,750 $12.31 $25,600 0.102% 453

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 160 $20.24 $42,100 0.066% 145
West Virginia 760 $16.53 $34,390 0.112% 268
New Hampshire 160 $15.00 $31,190 0.026% 345
Maine 310 $14.98 $31,160 0.053% 325
Washington 960 $14.64 $30,460 0.037% 524

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
Sherman-Denison, TX MSA 170 $10.03 $20,870 0.413%
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 150 $11.58 $24,080 0.254%
St. Joseph, MO MSA 100 $14.35 $29,850 0.230%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 260 $13.50 $28,090 0.226%
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA 90 $14.64 $30,440 0.189%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Wilmington, NC MSA 50 $18.19 $37,840 0.045%
Gary, IN PMSA 60 $17.35 $36,090 0.024%
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 190 $17.11 $35,580 0.054%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 80 $16.45 $34,210 0.040%
Charleston, WV MSA 100 $16.27 $33,850 0.079%

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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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