Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
8,080 4.2 % $14.93 $31,060 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.18 $10.73 $14.04 $18.68 $22.09
Annual Wage (2) $19,090 $22,330 $29,210 $38,850 $45,940


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)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,450 1.86 $17.89 $37,210
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,370 0.48 $12.06 $25,090
Beverage Manufacturing 920 0.55 $13.53 $28,130
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.47 $15.33 $31,880
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 270 0.85 $16.40 $34,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,450 1.86 $17.89 $37,210
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 270 0.85 $16.40 $34,110
Beverage Manufacturing 920 0.55 $13.53 $28,130
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,370 0.48 $12.06 $25,090
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 770 0.47 $15.33 $31,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) (8) $19.06 $39,650
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,450 1.86 $17.89 $37,210
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 270 0.85 $16.40 $34,110
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $16.37 $34,040
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $15.93 $33,140


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)
Mississippi 780 0.73 11.61 $11.21 $23,320
California 470 0.03 0.53 $14.73 $30,640
Arkansas 470 0.41 6.56 $11.28 $23,460
Texas 440 0.04 0.68 $12.63 $26,270
Iowa 400 0.27 4.35 $16.99 $35,350




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)
Mississippi 780 0.73 11.61 $11.21 $23,320
Arkansas 470 0.41 6.56 $11.28 $23,460
Iowa 400 0.27 4.35 $16.99 $35,350
Nebraska 180 0.20 3.19 $16.36 $34,040
Utah 230 0.19 3.07 $16.09 $33,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.95 $20.79 $43,240
Illinois 70 0.01 0.19 $20.19 $42,000
Washington 230 0.08 1.33 $18.57 $38,630
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $18.31 $38,080
Wisconsin 330 0.12 1.97 $17.67 $36,750





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)
Jackson, MS 170 0.68 10.80 $10.34 $21,520
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.81 12.93 $12.09 $25,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 100 0.04 0.64 $14.68 $30,540
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 2.43 $15.81 $32,890
Lancaster, PA 80 0.38 6.04 $17.36 $36,100
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 70 0.73 11.64 $15.21 $31,630
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.00 15.79 $12.64 $26,290
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.98 $13.60 $28,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.61 $26.37 $54,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.21 $15.89 $33,060




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)
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.00 15.79 $12.64 $26,290
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.81 12.93 $12.09 $25,150
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 70 0.73 11.64 $15.21 $31,630
Jackson, MS 170 0.68 10.80 $10.34 $21,520
Lancaster, PA 80 0.38 6.04 $17.36 $36,100
Modesto, CA 30 0.21 3.33 $19.65 $40,870
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 2.43 $15.81 $32,890
Fresno, CA 40 0.13 2.14 $14.06 $29,250
Syracuse, NY 30 0.11 1.76 $12.99 $27,030
Tulsa, OK 30 0.08 1.26 $12.31 $25,610




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.61 $26.37 $54,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.69 $53,430
Modesto, CA 30 0.21 3.33 $19.65 $40,870
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $18.18 $37,800
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $17.86 $37,160
Lancaster, PA 80 0.38 6.04 $17.36 $36,100
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 40 0.04 0.71 $17.32 $36,020
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 30 0.06 1.01 $16.21 $33,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.21 $15.89 $33,060
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 2.43 $15.81 $32,890

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 1.65 26.24 $9.31 $19,360
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.55 8.67 $12.35 $25,690
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 1.21 19.28 $12.33 $25,640
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 5.16 $14.31 $29,760
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 7.69 $11.46 $23,840

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 1.65 26.24 $9.31 $19,360
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 1.21 19.28 $12.33 $25,640
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.55 8.67 $12.35 $25,690
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 7.95 $18.10 $37,640
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 7.85 $18.65 $38,790

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.76 $41,090
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 7.85 $18.65 $38,790
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 7.95 $18.10 $37,640
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 5.16 $14.31 $29,760


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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