Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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)
49,020 3.2 % $22.33 $46,440 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.39 $16.84 $21.90 $27.66 $32.82
Annual Wage (2) $27,850 $35,030 $45,550 $57,520 $68,270


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,280 10.01 $23.81 $49,530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,070 3.03 $21.03 $43,740
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,270 7.15 $24.69 $51,360
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 3,420 4.05 $19.76 $41,110
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2,670 2.66 $18.84 $39,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,280 10.01 $23.81 $49,530
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,270 7.15 $24.69 $51,360
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 1,590 4.48 $22.20 $46,180
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 3,420 4.05 $19.76 $41,110
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,060 3.67 $20.36 $42,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 100 0.04 $25.98 $54,040
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $25.86 $53,800
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 6,270 7.15 $24.69 $51,360
Waste Treatment and Disposal 470 0.49 $24.00 $49,930
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 14,280 10.01 $23.81 $49,530


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)
Texas 7,240 0.70 1.84 $26.53 $55,180
Illinois 4,050 0.73 1.90 $23.01 $47,860
Pennsylvania 3,580 0.65 1.69 $19.53 $40,610
New Jersey 3,270 0.87 2.27 $21.98 $45,730
Ohio 2,850 0.57 1.50 $21.15 $43,980




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)
Delaware 600 1.49 3.91 $21.70 $45,130
Louisiana 1,800 0.98 2.56 $25.62 $53,290
West Virginia 610 0.87 2.28 $24.04 $50,010
New Jersey 3,270 0.87 2.27 $21.98 $45,730
Illinois 4,050 0.73 1.90 $23.01 $47,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.30 0.79 $31.61 $65,750
Texas 7,240 0.70 1.84 $26.53 $55,180
Louisiana 1,800 0.98 2.56 $25.62 $53,290
Connecticut 420 0.26 0.68 $25.22 $52,450
Alabama 1,020 0.56 1.47 $24.57 $51,100





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,140 1.23 3.22 $27.90 $58,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,830 0.51 1.34 $23.34 $48,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.90 2.36 $20.17 $41,950
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.22 3.19 $21.36 $44,420
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 990 6.37 16.66 $28.75 $59,800
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 970 0.99 2.60 $20.30 $42,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 930 0.18 0.48 $19.77 $41,110
Baton Rouge, LA 880 2.47 6.48 $26.66 $55,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.43 1.13 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 830 0.66 1.72 $18.99 $39,500




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 990 6.37 16.66 $28.75 $59,800
Lima, OH 170 3.45 9.02 $26.41 $54,940
Decatur, AL 160 3.04 7.96 (8) (8)
Mobile, AL 460 2.69 7.04 $24.16 $50,260
Lake Charles, LA 220 2.58 6.74 $23.53 $48,950
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 790 2.47 6.47 $27.21 $56,590
Baton Rouge, LA 880 2.47 6.48 $26.66 $55,450
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 260 2.30 6.03 $20.02 $41,640
Corpus Christi, TX 280 1.62 4.24 $26.76 $55,660
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.50 3.93 $15.74 $32,730




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.92 $76,780
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $31.69 $65,910
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 990 6.37 16.66 $28.75 $59,800
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 180 0.44 1.15 $28.44 $59,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,140 1.23 3.22 $27.90 $58,030
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.29 0.75 $27.61 $57,440
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 790 2.47 6.47 $27.21 $56,590
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 340 0.66 1.73 $27.17 $56,520
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 150 0.36 0.94 $26.90 $55,950
Corpus Christi, TX 280 1.62 4.24 $26.76 $55,660

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 2.39 6.27 $23.72 $49,340
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 500 2.28 5.96 $22.62 $47,050
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 340 2.30 6.03 $24.34 $50,620
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 310 2.25 5.89 $25.35 $52,720
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 270 3.82 9.99 $17.86 $37,150

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)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 270 3.82 9.99 $17.86 $37,150
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 590 2.39 6.27 $23.72 $49,340
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 340 2.30 6.03 $24.34 $50,620
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 500 2.28 5.96 $22.62 $47,050
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 310 2.25 5.89 $25.35 $52,720

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 70 1.14 2.97 $33.41 $69,490
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.73 1.90 $30.68 $63,820
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 0.74 $29.35 $61,050
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 130 1.01 2.65 $27.54 $57,290
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 150 1.21 3.17 $26.16 $54,420


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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