Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
37,200 2.2 % $14.90 $30,990 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.70 $11.84 $14.09 $17.40 $21.54
Annual Wage (2) $20,180 $24,630 $29,320 $36,180 $44,810


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)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 4,640 6.17 $14.05 $29,220
Warehousing and Storage 2,610 0.40 $13.30 $27,660
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,080 0.72 $13.20 $27,470
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 1,500 0.53 $15.52 $32,270
Coal Mining 1,350 1.61 $22.54 $46,890

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 4,640 6.17 $14.05 $29,220
Coal Mining 1,350 1.61 $22.54 $46,890
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,140 1.36 $13.20 $27,450
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 160 1.29 $17.20 $35,770
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 1,010 1.13 $17.06 $35,490

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 $25.08 $52,170
Coal Mining 1,350 1.61 $22.54 $46,890
Metal Ore Mining 230 0.62 $19.46 $40,480
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 310 0.28 $19.43 $40,420
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 150 0.17 $19.06 $39,640


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 3,140 1.21 4.16 $14.74 $30,670
California 2,800 0.20 0.69 $15.99 $33,250
Indiana 2,360 0.86 2.95 $13.38 $27,820
Texas 2,350 0.23 0.79 $13.00 $27,040
Illinois 1,650 0.30 1.02 $16.91 $35,160




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 670 1.81 6.26 $15.73 $32,720
South Dakota 640 1.62 5.58 $13.66 $28,410
Tennessee 3,140 1.21 4.16 $14.74 $30,670
Nebraska 1,100 1.21 4.18 $13.38 $27,830
West Virginia 760 1.09 3.75 $22.75 $47,310




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 0.35 1.19 $25.73 $53,510
West Virginia 760 1.09 3.75 $22.75 $47,310
Connecticut 150 0.10 0.33 $18.19 $37,840
Maine 180 0.32 1.09 $18.15 $37,750
Massachusetts 370 0.12 0.40 $18.15 $37,740





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.21 0.72 $17.14 $35,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.16 0.55 $15.63 $32,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 580 0.28 0.98 $13.43 $27,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 450 0.27 0.92 $14.20 $29,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 440 0.20 0.69 $15.43 $32,080
St. Louis, MO-IL 370 0.29 1.01 $14.34 $29,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 370 0.07 0.25 $12.55 $26,100
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 360 0.20 0.69 $15.53 $32,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 330 0.19 0.66 $17.18 $35,730
Kansas City, MO-KS 320 0.33 1.15 $14.46 $30,070




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)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 120 2.45 8.46 $15.03 $31,260
Longview, WA 80 2.34 8.08 $20.49 $42,620
Duluth, MN-WI 220 1.83 6.30 $16.45 $34,230
Stockton, CA 270 1.40 4.82 (8) (8)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 260 1.39 4.78 $14.08 $29,290
Macon, GA 100 1.14 3.92 $17.91 $37,260
Sioux Falls, SD 150 1.09 3.76 $14.12 $29,360
Evansville, IN-KY 160 0.97 3.35 $14.72 $30,610
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 0.96 3.29 $16.74 $34,820
Charleston, WV 140 0.96 3.32 $26.63 $55,390




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 140 0.96 3.32 $26.63 $55,390
Tuscaloosa, AL (8) (8) (8) $23.92 $49,760
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 0.36 $20.64 $42,920
Longview, WA 80 2.34 8.08 $20.49 $42,620
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 250 0.15 0.52 $19.48 $40,530
Clarksville, TN-KY 50 0.70 2.40 $19.36 $40,280
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.14 0.50 $19.31 $40,160
Rockford, IL 50 0.33 1.14 $18.90 $39,300
Champaign-Urbana, IL (8) (8) (8) $18.80 $39,100

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 540 1.42 4.89 $13.33 $27,720
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 410 2.90 10.00 $13.09 $27,230
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 370 1.67 5.75 $12.97 $26,980
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.76 9.51 $24.40 $50,760
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 320 1.76 6.06 $15.53 $32,310

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 130 5.19 17.91 $14.80 $30,770
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 3.76 12.95 $14.05 $29,230
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 3.56 12.27 $15.95 $33,170
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 3.43 11.81 $14.05 $29,220
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.09 10.67 $12.76 $26,540

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 60 0.97 3.35 $29.28 $60,900
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.80 $27.85 $57,930
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.76 9.51 $24.40 $50,760
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 2.03 $22.30 $46,380
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.36 $20.81 $43,280


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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