Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
8,130 5.1 % $14.43 $30,020 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.14 $10.52 $13.56 $18.26 $21.54
Annual Wage (2) $19,010 $21,890 $28,200 $37,990 $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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,430 0.50 $12.21 $25,390
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,410 1.83 $16.93 $35,220
Beverage Manufacturing 910 0.52 $13.02 $27,090
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 720 0.43 $15.27 $31,760
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 250 0.02 $13.01 $27,070

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 2,410 1.83 $16.93 $35,220
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 190 0.54 $13.59 $28,270
Beverage Manufacturing 910 0.52 $13.02 $27,090
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,430 0.50 $12.21 $25,390
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 720 0.43 $15.27 $31,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.01 $18.52 $38,510
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.89 $37,200
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,410 1.83 $16.93 $35,220
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $16.22 $33,740
Restaurants and Other Eating Places (8) (8) $15.51 $32,270


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 850 0.79 12.60 $11.21 $23,310
California 530 0.04 0.59 $13.20 $27,450
Arkansas 510 0.44 7.03 $10.97 $22,810
Texas 470 0.04 0.71 $11.96 $24,870
Iowa 390 0.27 4.28 $17.20 $35,780




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 850 0.79 12.60 $11.21 $23,310
Arkansas 510 0.44 7.03 $10.97 $22,810
Iowa 390 0.27 4.28 $17.20 $35,780
Utah 250 0.21 3.32 $17.11 $35,600
Nebraska 190 0.20 3.25 $14.03 $29,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 130 0.04 0.63 $18.85 $39,200
Wisconsin 330 0.12 1.98 $17.65 $36,710
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $17.38 $36,160
Ohio (8) (8) (8) $17.36 $36,100
Louisiana 70 0.04 0.57 $17.21 $35,800





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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.93 14.96 $11.11 $23,100
Jackson, MS 190 0.74 11.85 $10.62 $22,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 0.38 $12.06 $25,080
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 80 0.19 3.02 $13.80 $28,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.64 $10.09 $20,990
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 70 0.76 12.24 $15.07 $31,350
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.12 1.90 $17.09 $35,540
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.04 0.72 $15.68 $32,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 60 0.02 0.34 $11.18 $23,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.46 $15.49 $32,230




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 190 0.93 14.96 $11.11 $23,100
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 70 0.76 12.24 $15.07 $31,350
Jackson, MS 190 0.74 11.85 $10.62 $22,100
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 80 0.19 3.02 $13.80 $28,710
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.12 1.90 $17.09 $35,540
Syracuse, NY 30 0.11 1.84 $14.47 $30,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.78 $17.33 $36,040
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 50 0.05 0.73 $17.10 $35,560
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.04 0.72 $15.68 $32,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.64 $10.09 $20,990




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 (8) (8) (8) $21.70 $45,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.78 $17.33 $36,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 30 0.01 0.22 $17.12 $35,600
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 50 0.05 0.73 $17.10 $35,560
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.12 1.90 $17.09 $35,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $16.91 $35,180
Pittsburgh, PA 40 0.03 0.56 $16.09 $33,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.04 0.72 $15.68 $32,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.19 $15.66 $32,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.46 $15.49 $32,230

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 310 2.47 39.53 $9.43 $19,620
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 7.62 $13.92 $28,950
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 5.61 $11.25 $23,390
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.96 15.45 (8) (8)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 6.77 $11.30 $23,490

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 310 2.47 39.53 $9.43 $19,620
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.96 15.45 (8) (8)
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.95 15.28 $10.88 $22,620
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 7.94 $18.33 $38,130
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 7.62 $13.92 $28,950

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 2.88 $19.61 $40,780
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 7.94 $18.33 $38,130
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 7.62 $13.92 $28,950
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.49 $23,900
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 6.77 $11.30 $23,490


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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