Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
36,810 2.1 % $14.69 $30,550 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.64 $11.74 $14.07 $17.13 $20.80
Annual Wage (2) $20,040 $24,420 $29,270 $35,640 $43,260


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)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,810 1.63 $14.90 $30,990
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 5,240 6.90 $13.70 $28,510
Warehousing and Storage 2,700 0.42 $13.73 $28,560
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,240 0.82 $13.14 $27,330
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 1,510 0.53 $15.01 $31,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 5,240 6.90 $13.70 $28,510
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,810 1.63 $14.90 $30,990
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,080 1.32 $12.84 $26,700
Coal Mining 1,050 1.32 $21.73 $45,190
Grain and Oilseed Milling 660 1.15 $15.71 $32,670

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) 110 0.01 $24.40 $50,750
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.04 $23.07 $47,990
Coal Mining 1,050 1.32 $21.73 $45,190
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $20.51 $42,660
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 420 0.38 $19.76 $41,110


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)
Tennessee 3,270 1.27 4.39 $14.35 $29,850
California 2,790 0.20 0.69 $15.99 $33,260
Texas 2,580 0.26 0.88 $12.45 $25,890
Illinois 1,700 0.31 1.06 $16.28 $33,860
Indiana 1,660 0.61 2.11 $15.10 $31,410




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)
North Dakota 640 1.81 6.26 $15.10 $31,420
South Dakota 670 1.73 5.98 $13.29 $27,630
Alaska 400 1.30 4.47 $15.27 $31,750
Nebraska 1,160 1.29 4.44 $13.19 $27,440
Tennessee 3,270 1.27 4.39 $14.35 $29,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 90 0.33 1.14 $23.36 $48,590
West Virginia 570 0.82 2.84 $21.17 $44,030
District of Columbia 60 0.10 0.34 $19.69 $40,950
Kentucky 660 0.38 1.33 $17.40 $36,190
Connecticut 120 0.08 0.26 $17.37 $36,130

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)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,820 4.82 16.63 $14.41 $29,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.23 0.78 $15.08 $31,360
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.23 0.78 $16.55 $34,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 590 0.29 1.01 $13.19 $27,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 510 0.23 0.81 $15.25 $31,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.26 0.89 $14.08 $29,280
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 420 0.45 1.54 $17.26 $35,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 420 0.09 0.29 $12.68 $26,370
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 420 0.37 1.28 $17.29 $35,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 330 0.20 0.68 $13.62 $28,330




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)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,820 4.82 16.63 $14.41 $29,970
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 110 2.18 7.53 $18.83 $39,160
Longview, WA 70 2.16 7.45 $22.15 $46,080
Lima, OH 90 1.89 6.53 $14.04 $29,200
Duluth, MN-WI 210 1.74 6.00 $16.01 $33,300
Amarillo, TX 130 1.19 4.11 $10.64 $22,130
Fort Smith, AR-OK 130 1.11 3.82 $11.32 $23,550
Sioux Falls, SD 140 1.09 3.76 $13.92 $28,960
Joplin, MO 80 1.05 3.62 $14.08 $29,290
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 1.01 3.49 $17.40 $36,190




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)
Charleston, WV 120 0.86 2.95 $27.12 $56,400
Longview, WA 70 2.16 7.45 $22.15 $46,080
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 30 0.06 0.22 $20.31 $42,240
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.50 $40,560
Savannah, GA 40 0.30 1.05 $19.33 $40,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.14 $19.24 $40,020
Bakersfield, CA 50 0.19 0.65 $18.98 $39,490
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.19 $18.85 $39,200
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 110 2.18 7.53 $18.83 $39,160
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.19 0.65 $18.81 $39,130

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 670 1.77 6.10 $12.71 $26,430
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 350 2.87 9.90 $12.53 $26,060
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 340 3.82 13.20 $12.48 $25,960
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.17 10.95 $13.77 $28,630
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 310 2.98 10.28 $11.01 $22,910

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)
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 6.33 21.86 $14.61 $30,390
East Central North Dakota 170 4.18 14.43 $14.33 $29,800
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 340 3.82 13.20 $12.48 $25,960
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.17 10.95 $13.77 $28,630
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 140 3.02 10.41 $14.01 $29,140

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 40 0.59 2.03 $28.13 $58,500
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.61 5.55 $22.57 $46,950
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 3.08 $20.58 $42,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.45 $42,530
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 1.25 4.30 $19.64 $40,860


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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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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