Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.


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)
16,050 2.9 % $13.59 $28,280 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.63 $10.02 $12.60 $16.15 $20.48
Annual Wage (2) $17,950 $20,840 $26,210 $33,590 $42,590


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 2,620 0.54 $11.89 $24,740
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 1,530 0.54 $14.02 $29,160
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,430 0.86 $13.19 $27,440
Other Food Manufacturing 1,070 0.61 $13.84 $28,780
Dairy Product Manufacturing 850 0.65 $14.77 $30,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,430 0.86 $13.19 $27,440
Dairy Product Manufacturing 850 0.65 $14.77 $30,720
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 210 0.62 $10.80 $22,470
Other Food Manufacturing 1,070 0.61 $13.84 $28,780
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 730 0.55 $13.19 $27,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 80 0.03 $23.83 $49,560
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 $23.51 $48,910
Coal Mining 40 0.04 $20.47 $42,570
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 410 0.38 $19.84 $41,260
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 30 0.03 $19.35 $40,240


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)
California 1,800 0.13 1.02 $12.87 $26,760
Ohio 1,320 0.26 2.11 $14.22 $29,570
Texas 950 0.09 0.73 $12.30 $25,580
Washington 910 0.33 2.66 $15.85 $32,970
Indiana 820 0.29 2.37 $13.28 $27,620




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)
Nebraska 520 0.57 4.65 $9.77 $20,310
Iowa 570 0.39 3.13 $13.81 $28,720
Mississippi 360 0.34 2.74 $10.03 $20,870
Washington 910 0.33 2.66 $15.85 $32,970
Indiana 820 0.29 2.37 $13.28 $27,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 30 0.11 0.91 $22.60 $47,010
Maine 70 0.12 1.00 $18.17 $37,800
Utah 90 0.07 0.60 $17.81 $37,050
Virginia 150 0.04 0.35 $16.65 $34,630
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $16.56 $34,450





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 1.22 $11.81 $24,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.81 $15.55 $32,350
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 290 0.29 2.35 $15.18 $31,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 280 0.11 0.86 $11.45 $23,810
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 250 0.28 2.24 $11.46 $23,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 230 0.23 1.87 $14.77 $30,720
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 210 2.12 17.24 $13.64 $28,360
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 200 2.85 23.15 $8.88 $18,470
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.13 $13.05 $27,150
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 1.64 $17.43 $36,260




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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 200 2.85 23.15 $8.88 $18,470
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 210 2.12 17.24 $13.64 $28,360
Yakima, WA 100 1.21 9.85 (8) (8)
Merced, CA 60 0.97 7.88 $11.73 $24,400
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 90 0.81 6.61 (8) (8)
New Bedford, MA 50 0.72 5.87 $11.74 $24,420
Peoria, IL 130 0.71 5.72 $12.21 $25,400
Waterbury, CT 40 0.70 5.66 $14.33 $29,800
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.58 4.68 $11.04 $22,960
Wausau, WI 40 0.57 4.60 $14.23 $29,590




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-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.16 1.31 $19.70 $40,970
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.13 1.07 $19.39 $40,340
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 1.01 $18.11 $37,660
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 1.64 $17.43 $36,260
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 50 0.06 0.48 $17.30 $35,990
Akron, OH 100 0.32 2.59 $17.24 $35,860
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.12 1.01 $17.17 $35,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.08 0.62 $16.85 $35,050
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $16.80 $34,940
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 30 0.07 0.54 $16.73 $34,790

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 220 0.81 6.56 $12.56 $26,130
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 3.04 24.70 $13.89 $28,890
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 1.26 10.23 $15.50 $32,240
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.00 16.21 $8.64 $17,970
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.48 3.93 $11.92 $24,800

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 3.04 24.70 $13.89 $28,890
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 2.21 17.91 $13.30 $27,670
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.00 16.21 $8.64 $17,970
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 1.26 10.23 $15.50 $32,240
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.03 8.36 $9.40 $19,550

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)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.10 $39,730
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 2.80 $16.75 $34,850
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 6.81 $16.60 $34,530
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 1.26 10.23 $15.50 $32,240
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 3.18 $14.96 $31,120


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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