Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-3099 Food Processing Workers, All Other

All food processing workers not listed separately


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)
37,570 3.4 % $11.96 $24,880 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.35 $9.45 $11.12 $13.79 $17.34
Annual Wage (2) $17,360 $19,650 $23,140 $28,680 $36,060


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,220 2.11 $11.62 $24,170
Other General Merchandise Stores 8,650 0.53 $11.26 $23,420
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,010 1.80 $13.07 $27,190
Employment Services 2,760 0.09 $10.93 $22,740
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 2,110 0.74 $12.24 $25,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,220 2.11 $11.62 $24,170
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,010 1.80 $13.07 $27,190
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 510 1.49 $13.34 $27,750
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,830 1.39 $14.47 $30,090
Grain and Oilseed Milling 760 1.26 $15.66 $32,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 0.01 $15.94 $33,160
Grain and Oilseed Milling 760 1.26 $15.66 $32,580
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.13 $15.34 $31,910
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 730 1.06 $14.82 $30,830
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,830 1.39 $14.47 $30,090


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)
Minnesota 3,810 1.44 5.00 $12.68 $26,380
Texas 3,250 0.31 1.06 $10.74 $22,340
Arkansas 2,360 2.04 7.09 $10.76 $22,370
Illinois 2,280 0.41 1.40 $12.01 $24,970
California 1,840 0.13 0.45 $11.65 $24,230




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)
Arkansas 2,360 2.04 7.09 $10.76 $22,370
Minnesota 3,810 1.44 5.00 $12.68 $26,380
Kentucky 1,240 0.70 2.43 $14.55 $30,260
Maryland 1,520 0.60 2.10 $10.78 $22,420
Vermont 170 0.57 1.99 $11.07 $23,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.24 $17.08 $35,530
Idaho 130 0.21 0.74 $15.45 $32,130
Massachusetts 370 0.12 0.40 $14.97 $31,140
Kentucky 1,240 0.70 2.43 $14.55 $30,260
Colorado 1,090 0.49 1.70 $14.49 $30,140





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,900 1.09 3.77 $12.23 $25,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.37 1.28 $11.33 $23,560
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 810 2.09 7.26 $12.59 $26,200
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 740 0.28 0.97 $10.49 $21,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.31 1.06 $10.00 $20,790
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 630 0.36 1.26 $11.41 $23,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 0.49 $12.65 $26,310
Baltimore-Towson, MD 480 0.38 1.31 $10.64 $22,140
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 470 0.38 1.32 $17.93 $37,300
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 390 0.54 1.89 $10.89 $22,650




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)
St. Cloud, MN 210 2.19 7.59 $11.53 $23,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 810 2.09 7.26 $12.59 $26,200
Amarillo, TX 220 2.00 6.95 $12.98 $27,010
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 320 1.56 5.41 $10.71 $22,270
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 90 1.32 4.57 $9.76 $20,300
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.29 4.49 $9.61 $19,980
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 290 1.29 4.48 $10.18 $21,180
Rochester, MN 120 1.18 4.10 $16.52 $34,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,900 1.09 3.77 $12.23 $25,440
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 40 0.75 2.60 $12.54 $26,080




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 180 0.10 0.36 $17.99 $37,420
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 470 0.38 1.32 $17.93 $37,300
Grand Forks, ND-MN (8) (8) (8) $17.70 $36,810
Appleton, WI (8) (8) (8) $17.09 $35,550
Rochester, MN 120 1.18 4.10 $16.52 $34,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 270 0.12 0.41 $14.56 $30,280
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 120 0.12 0.43 $14.31 $29,760
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.31 $13.83 $28,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $13.82 $28,740
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 190 0.24 0.82 $13.45 $27,980

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 830 4.77 16.55 $14.21 $29,550
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 500 6.37 22.08 $10.97 $22,810
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 440 6.57 22.77 $10.47 $21,770
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 390 2.54 8.83 $10.46 $21,760
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 380 2.97 10.30 $10.49 $21,830

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)
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 440 6.57 22.77 $10.47 $21,770
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 500 6.37 22.08 $10.97 $22,810
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 5.81 20.15 $11.55 $24,030
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 830 4.77 16.55 $14.21 $29,550
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 380 2.97 10.30 $10.49 $21,830

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.51 $19.12 $39,780
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 320 2.01 6.98 $15.50 $32,250
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 1.04 3.62 $14.41 $29,980
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.40 $29,950
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.34 $29,820


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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