Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
342,280 1.1 % $13.26 $27,580 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.39 $9.58 $12.15 $16.13 $20.08
Annual Wage (2) $17,460 $19,920 $25,270 $33,550 $41,770


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 38,170 1.43 $10.84 $22,540
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 24,900 14.74 $13.08 $27,210
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 22,990 8.15 $14.20 $29,530
Beverage Manufacturing 19,950 11.99 $15.81 $32,890
Other Food Manufacturing 18,880 11.54 $13.72 $28,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 24,900 14.74 $13.08 $27,210
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,170 12.81 $20.27 $42,160
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 12,430 12.31 $13.58 $28,240
Beverage Manufacturing 19,950 11.99 $15.81 $32,890
Other Food Manufacturing 18,880 11.54 $13.72 $28,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $24.76 $51,500
Tobacco Manufacturing 2,170 12.81 $20.27 $42,160
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 300 0.36 $18.48 $38,430
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,620 1.92 $18.36 $38,180
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 200 1.62 $18.16 $37,760


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 44,610 3.19 1.18 $12.19 $25,360
Texas 22,980 2.28 0.85 $11.78 $24,500
Pennsylvania 19,790 3.61 1.34 $14.93 $31,060
Illinois 17,690 3.20 1.19 $12.94 $26,910
Wisconsin 16,470 6.32 2.35 $13.70 $28,490




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 16,470 6.32 2.35 $13.70 $28,490
Nebraska 4,070 4.52 1.68 $13.76 $28,630
Missouri 10,540 4.07 1.51 $13.95 $29,010
Idaho 2,300 3.86 1.43 $13.07 $27,180
Tennessee 9,560 3.72 1.38 $13.01 $27,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 260 0.97 0.36 $16.44 $34,190
Delaware 1,290 3.25 1.21 $15.17 $31,560
Colorado 3,780 1.75 0.65 $15.10 $31,410
Iowa 4,390 3.05 1.13 $15.02 $31,240
Pennsylvania 19,790 3.61 1.34 $14.93 $31,060

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,730 3.34 1.24 $11.67 $24,280
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,190 3.16 1.17 $12.80 $26,630
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,490 1.30 0.48 $11.69 $24,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,380 3.19 1.18 $11.63 $24,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,390 2.45 0.91 $12.62 $26,240
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,380 2.98 1.11 $14.62 $30,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,160 3.08 1.14 $13.64 $28,370
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,010 1.61 0.60 $12.34 $25,660
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 3,950 4.11 1.52 $14.90 $30,980
Kansas City, MO-KS 3,900 4.09 1.52 $14.66 $30,490




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Stockton, CA 3,870 19.49 7.24 $10.64 $22,120
Logan, UT-ID 920 19.23 7.14 $14.18 $29,490
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 700 18.35 6.81 $13.79 $28,690
Napa, CA 980 16.10 5.98 $15.39 $32,010
Anderson, IN 580 15.40 5.72 $14.75 $30,680
Merced, CA 870 15.27 5.67 $13.90 $28,920
Sheboygan, WI 820 14.87 5.52 $13.31 $27,680
Albany, GA 800 13.53 5.02 $19.12 $39,770
Danville, IL 340 12.64 4.69 $14.05 $29,220
Modesto, CA 1,670 11.11 4.12 $14.09 $29,310




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Battle Creek, MI 370 7.17 2.66 $20.05 $41,700
Albany, GA 800 13.53 5.02 $19.12 $39,770
Winston-Salem, NC 1,510 7.58 2.81 $19.00 $39,520
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,060 2.17 0.81 $18.32 $38,100
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,130 6.36 2.36 $18.26 $37,980
Altoona, PA 320 5.58 2.07 $18.00 $37,430
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,030 3.39 1.26 $17.97 $37,380
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,980 1.67 0.62 $17.42 $36,240
Mobile, AL 170 1.01 0.38 $17.31 $36,010
Columbus, OH 2,040 2.30 0.86 $17.30 $35,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,990 6.84 2.54 $12.47 $25,940
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,810 11.78 4.38 $14.41 $29,970
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,780 4.72 1.75 $13.13 $27,320
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,520 9.04 3.36 $13.74 $28,570
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,480 5.68 2.11 $13.79 $28,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 860 12.25 4.55 $12.70 $26,410
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,810 11.78 4.38 $14.41 $29,970
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 280 10.03 3.72 $12.89 $26,820
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 10.00 3.71 $13.02 $27,090
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,520 9.04 3.36 $13.74 $28,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 0.30 $23.26 $48,390
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 260 7.53 2.80 $18.95 $39,420
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 820 7.56 2.81 $18.32 $38,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.58 0.59 $16.88 $35,100
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 570 3.56 1.32 $16.74 $34,820


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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