U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment Statistics
The 10 largest occupations in manufacturing made up about 26 percent of the total
employment in the industry.
- Team assemblers was the largest occupation in the manufacturing industry, making up 6 percent of employment. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers had the second highest employment, making up 3.5 percent.
- Team assemblers had an annual
mean wage of $30,620.
- Only 2 of the 10 largest
occupations had wages that were
above the national mean wage
($44,410). These two occupations,
sales representatives, wholesale
and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products ($65,720)
and first-line supervisors of
production and operating workers
($56,140), were also not traditional production occupations.
- Beyond the occupations
shown, the largest occupations in
manufacturing were production workers or transportation and
material moving workers.
Overall, the highest paying production occupations in manufacturing were mostly intermediary occupations, not those occupations handling raw
materials or final products.
- Production occupations made
up nearly 51 percent of the total
employment in the manufacturing industry.
- Nine of the 14 highest paying occupations together accounted for just 2 percent of industry employment. The largest of the higher paying production occupations, first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, accounted for an additional 3.5 percent of employment.
- Of these occupations, fabric and
apparel patternmakers; metal and plastic model makers; and aircraft
structure, surfaces, rigging, and
systems assemblers had wages
that were below the manufacturing
industry annual mean wage
- Of the highest paying occupations, five were related to power and energy distribution, three occupations were related to designing a tool or pattern, and two occupations were related to chemical processing. The remaining four occupations were a supervisory occupation, a production operator, an assembler, and a tool programmer.
States with higher employment concentrations of team assemblers were in the Midwest and
South along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
- Indiana had the highest location
quotient (2.8) for team assemblers.
A location quotient represents the
ratio of an occupations share of
area employment relative to its
share of national employment; a
location quotient greater than one
indicates that the occupation makes
up an above-average share of local
- Although team assemblers was
the largest production occupation,
it made up 2 percent or less of the
total employment of any state.
- In 16 states, team assemblers
accounted for at least 1 percent
of the total state employment.
Indiana had the highest percentage
of total state employment for
this occupation at 2 percent.
In contrast, Wyoming had the
lowest percentage of total state
employment at 0.1 percent.
Team assemblers earned an annual mean wage of $29,220 nationally, but state
average wages ranged from $23,900 in Alaska to $36,120 in Alabama.
- States with the highest
concentrations of this occupation
tended to have higher mean wages
for them. Eight out of nine states
with high concentrations had at
least an annual mean wage of
- States with above-average
concentrations and below-average
wages were often in the South,
including Arkansas, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, and Georgia.
With over 30 percent of its employment in production occupations, Elkhart-Goshen, IN, was the
area with the highest share of its employment in production occupations.
- Nationally, 6.5 percent of
employment was in production
occupations, giving production
occupations a location quotient of
4.7 in the Elkhart-Goshen area.
- The occupation with the highest concentration relative to the U.S. average in the Elkhart-Goshen area was fiberglass laminators and fabricators. It had a location quotient of 72, and accounted for over 1 percent of the areas employment (99,370).
- Furniture finishers had the
second highest location quotient, at
28, and accounted for 340 jobs.
- The 10 occupations with the
largest location quotients in Elkhart-Goshen, IN, were all production
occupations. Of these, three
occupations were assemblers
and fabricators and another three occupations were related to
- All of the occupations in figure 38 had wages below the hourly mean wage for the metropolitan statistical area ($17.75), except for transportation equipment painters ($20.40).
The largest occupation in the textile mills industry was textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders, which accounted for 15 percent of employment in the industry.
- The 10 largest occupations
in textile mills accounted for 57
percent of employment in this industry. The second largest
occupation was textile knitting and
weaving machine setters, operators,
and tenders, which made up over
11 percent of industry employment.
- The two largest occupations
in the industry, textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine
setters, operators, and tenders and
textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders,
were highly concentrated in the
Southeast region of the country,
particularly North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
- Of the 10 largest occupations,
the highest paying occupations
included first-line supervisors of
production and operating workers
($23.10) and 2 repair occupations,
industrial machinery mechanics ($17.42) and general maintenance and repair workers ($17.25).
The largest occupations in the chemical manufacturing industry were a mix of higher
and lower paying production occupations and chemists and chemical technicians.
- Four of the largest occupations
in the chemical manufacturing industry were also among the
largest occupations in the textile
mills industry: first-line supervisors
of production and operating
workers; general maintenance and repair workers; inspectors,
testers, sorters, samplers, and
weighers; and industrial machinery mechanics. However, the hourly
mean wages were all higher for
these occupations in the chemical
manufacturing industry than in the textile mills industry.
- The third largest occupation,
chemical plant and system operators, was highly concentrated
along the Gulf Coast states.
Location quotients for this
occupation were highest in
Wyoming (6.7), Louisiana (6.5),
South Carolina (3.3), and Texas
(2.9). However, the highest paying
states included Montana ($32.56),
Wyoming ($30.58), Texas ($30.24),
and Washington ($29.55).
Last Modified Date: October 24, 2011