Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

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)
15,250 3.3 % $12.19 $25,350 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.54 $8.89 $10.95 $14.92 $19.01
Annual Wage (2) $15,690 $18,480 $22,770 $31,030 $39,540

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Animal slaughtering and processing 3,370 $10.38 $21,600
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 1,480 $11.16 $23,220
Dairy product manufacturing 1,220 $14.48 $30,120
Other food manufacturing 870 $10.77 $22,410
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 740 $12.26 $25,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 340 $19.63 $40,820
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 50 $18.47 $38,410
Other nonferrous metal production 40 $17.04 $35,450
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 60 $16.54 $34,410
Cutlery and handtool manufacturing 100 $16.50 $34,330

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alabama 650 $11.23 $23,350 0.035%
New Hampshire 190 $14.31 $29,770 0.031%
Arkansas 350 $10.21 $21,240 0.031%
Nebraska 270 $10.06 $20,920 0.030%
South Dakota 100 $11.79 $24,510 0.027%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maryland 370 $16.04 $33,360 0.015%
Connecticut 180 $15.24 $31,710 0.011%
Pennsylvania 770 $15.13 $31,470 0.014%
Indiana 340 $15.02 $31,230 0.012%
Wisconsin 410 $14.81 $30,810 0.015%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 180 $10.28 $21,380 0.161%
Fort Smith, AR-OK 120 $9.23 $19,200 0.103%
Yakima, WA 60 $11.80 $24,550 0.078%
Canton-Massillon, OH 120 $15.32 $31,860 0.068%
Lancaster, PA 130 $17.79 $36,990 0.057%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) $20.43 $42,500 (8)
Lancaster, PA 130 $17.79 $36,990 0.057%
Toledo, OH (8) $16.17 $33,640 (8)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 $16.11 $33,510 0.009%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 $16.08 $33,440 0.007%

About May 2005 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006

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