Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
47,850 3.3 % $13.11 $27,280 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.30 $10.12 $12.60 $15.61 $19.21
Annual Wage (2) $17,270 $21,050 $26,220 $32,470 $39,970

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers 12,690 $13.39 $27,860
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 3,250 $11.00 $22,890
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 1,920 $11.18 $23,250
Warehousing and storage 1,810 $12.65 $26,310
Converted paper product manufacturing 1,490 $14.28 $29,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Metal ore mining 70 $20.02 $41,640
Power generation and supply 140 $19.81 $41,200
Coal mining 1,280 $18.13 $37,720
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 990 $17.79 $37,000
Support activities for water transportation 70 $17.74 $36,900

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
North Dakota 700 $13.38 $27,820 0.216%
Arkansas 1,080 $11.73 $24,400 0.095%
Nebraska 810 $12.20 $25,380 0.091%
Iowa 1,200 $12.11 $25,180 0.084%
South Dakota 290 $10.60 $22,050 0.078%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
West Virginia 450 $18.29 $38,040 0.065%
Wyoming 80 $17.05 $35,460 0.032%
New Mexico 180 $16.58 $34,490 0.024%
New Hampshire (7) $16.18 $33,650 (7)
Montana 290 $15.67 $32,580 0.071%

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
Lincoln, NE MSA 290 $14.64 $30,450 0.190%
Great Falls, MT MSA 60 $13.52 $28,120 0.176%
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 100 $12.32 $25,620 0.163%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 100 $18.00 $37,430 0.156%
Roanoke, VA MSA 190 $10.88 $22,630 0.140%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 30 $20.23 $42,080 0.006%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 140 $18.65 $38,790 0.011%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 140 $18.09 $37,630 0.066%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 100 $18.00 $37,430 0.156%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 180 $17.82 $37,070 0.017%

About November 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) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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