Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
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)
16,860 3.3 % $12.15 $25,270 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.49 $9.11 $11.18 $14.58 $18.25
Annual Wage (2) $15,590 $18,940 $23,250 $30,330 $37,960

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 2,830 $10.50 $21,830
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 1,790 $10.89 $22,640
Dairy product manufacturing 1,060 $14.17 $29,460
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 920 $12.95 $26,940
Other food manufacturing 870 $10.36 $21,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 160 $19.71 $40,990
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 520 $19.63 $40,820
Coal mining 130 $17.78 $36,980
Employment services 30 $16.87 $35,090
Basic chemical manufacturing 50 $16.78 $34,910

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
Kentucky 570 $13.05 $27,140 0.033%
Iowa 420 $11.49 $23,890 0.030%
Arkansas 340 $10.26 $21,340 0.030%
Vermont 80 $12.47 $25,940 0.027%
Alabama 500 $10.94 $22,760 0.027%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Pennsylvania 960 $15.16 $31,540 0.017%
Indiana 550 $14.82 $30,820 0.019%
New York 520 $14.69 $30,550 0.006%
Idaho 60 $14.25 $29,630 0.010%
Wisconsin 540 $14.02 $29,170 0.020%

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
Jamestown, NY MSA 50 $16.19 $33,670 0.093%
Yakima, WA MSA 70 $12.26 $25,500 0.092%
Lancaster, PA MSA 180 $16.69 $34,710 0.080%
Canton-Massillon, OH MSA 110 $14.12 $29,370 0.064%
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 60 $10.86 $22,590 0.061%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Gary, IN PMSA (7) $17.66 $36,740 (7)
Lancaster, PA MSA 180 $16.69 $34,710 0.080%
Jamestown, NY MSA 50 $16.19 $33,670 0.093%
York, PA MSA 40 $16.16 $33,610 0.024%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA (7) $15.67 $32,580 (7)

About May 2004 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: May 5, 2005

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