Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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
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)
7,980 4.5 % $11.90 $24,740 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.04 $8.57 $10.64 $14.71 $19.19
Annual Wage (2) $14,640 $17,820 $22,140 $30,600 $39,920

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Animal slaughtering and processing 2,570 $9.89 $20,580
Dairy product manufacturing 2,000 $14.44 $30,030
Seafood product preparation and packaging 600 $8.97 $18,660
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 530 $11.82 $24,590
HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment 130 $14.65 $30,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Warehousing and storage (7) $18.52 $38,530
HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment 130 $14.65 $30,470
Dairy product manufacturing 2,000 $14.44 $30,030
Full-service restaurants (7) $14.08 $29,290
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 70 $13.75 $28,590

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
Mississippi 690 $8.91 $18,530 0.063%
Arkansas 640 $9.84 $20,470 0.057%
Alabama 330 $9.62 $20,020 0.018%
Nebraska 110 $12.88 $26,800 0.013%
Iowa 170 $13.41 $27,900 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 300 $16.44 $34,190 0.012%
Michigan 200 $15.57 $32,390 0.005%
Massachusetts 110 $15.28 $31,770 0.004%
Oregon 160 $15.21 $31,630 0.010%
Ohio 260 $15.13 $31,470 0.005%

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 $9.49 $19,730 0.157%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 60 $13.32 $27,710 0.035%
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 30 $13.59 $28,270 0.027%
Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula, MS MSA 40 $9.96 $20,710 0.027%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA 40 $13.48 $28,040 0.021%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Detroit, MI PMSA 80 $20.00 $41,590 0.004%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA (7) $19.37 $40,290 (7)
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA (7) $19.18 $39,900 (7)
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA (7) $14.98 $31,170 (7)
Atlanta, GA MSA 160 $14.66 $30,480 0.008%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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