Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

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)
19,900 2.3 % $16.54 $34,410 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.37 $12.81 $16.00 $19.67 $23.81
Annual Wage (2) $21,580 $26,650 $33,270 $40,920 $49,530


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
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 3,010 $16.78 $34,910
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 2,140 $14.96 $31,120
Rubber Product Manufacturing 1,840 $18.09 $37,630
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,150 $14.23 $29,590
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,110 $15.36 $31,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 $20.96 $43,590
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 870 $20.16 $41,930
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 490 $19.64 $40,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 130 $19.58 $40,720
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 $19.20 $39,950


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 Employment per thousand workers
Arkansas 960 $15.75 $32,760 0.841
Ohio 1,980 $17.67 $36,740 0.390
Wyoming 110 $21.04 $43,760 0.384
Alabama 690 $16.53 $34,390 0.370
Oklahoma 560 $20.38 $42,390 0.365

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 110 $21.04 $43,760 0.384
Idaho 100 $20.73 $43,120 0.163
Oklahoma 560 $20.38 $42,390 0.365
Colorado 90 $19.18 $39,890 0.040
Nevada 90 $18.86 $39,230 0.076


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 Employment per thousand workers
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 70 $18.51 $38,490 1.123
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 110 $12.85 $26,730 1.057
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 270 $14.86 $30,920 0.806
Rapid City, SD 30 $16.61 $34,550 0.550
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 60 $12.68 $26,380 0.501

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 $22.43 $46,660 0.195
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 60 $22.06 $45,890 0.224
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 90 $20.45 $42,540 0.126
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 50 $20.17 $41,950 0.054
Worcester, MA-CT 60 $19.48 $40,510 0.236


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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