Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
8,070 5.6 % $14.80 $30,790 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.18 $10.85 $13.60 $18.35 $22.50
Annual Wage (2) $19,100 $22,570 $28,280 $38,170 $46,810


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)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,460 1.85 $16.87 $35,100
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,330 0.48 $13.24 $27,540
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 890 0.54 $14.91 $31,010
Beverage Manufacturing 730 0.38 $12.92 $26,880
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 270 0.80 $11.21 $23,320

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 2,460 1.85 $16.87 $35,100
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 270 0.80 $11.21 $23,320
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 890 0.54 $14.91 $31,010
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,330 0.48 $13.24 $27,540
Beverage Manufacturing 730 0.38 $12.92 $26,880

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 30 0.01 $21.98 $45,710
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 60 0.02 $18.41 $38,290
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $17.92 $37,280
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,460 1.85 $16.87 $35,100
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.01 $16.59 $34,520


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)
Texas 640 0.06 0.96 $14.48 $30,110
California 590 0.04 0.65 $14.58 $30,320
Mississippi 570 0.52 8.74 $12.07 $25,110
Iowa 550 0.37 6.12 $16.46 $34,240
Arkansas 500 0.43 7.28 $11.54 $24,000




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 570 0.52 8.74 $12.07 $25,110
Arkansas 500 0.43 7.28 $11.54 $24,000
Iowa 550 0.37 6.12 $16.46 $34,240
Nebraska 270 0.29 4.81 $14.59 $30,360
Vermont 80 0.26 4.43 $11.93 $24,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 240 0.04 0.70 $22.88 $47,580
Utah 60 0.05 0.78 $20.72 $43,090
Oregon 120 0.07 1.21 $18.46 $38,400
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $17.14 $35,640
Massachusetts 80 0.02 0.41 $16.90 $35,150





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 210 0.05 0.92 $24.74 $51,460
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 170 0.80 13.38 $11.78 $24,510
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 120 0.23 3.78 $13.06 $27,170
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 110 0.23 3.91 $13.35 $27,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.25 $15.76 $32,780
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.79 13.25 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.05 0.78 $16.62 $34,570
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.08 1.37 $21.10 $43,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.46 $15.50 $32,240
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 2.45 $14.16 $29,440




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 170 0.80 13.38 $11.78 $24,510
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.79 13.25 (8) (8)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 110 0.23 3.91 $13.35 $27,770
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 120 0.23 3.78 $13.06 $27,170
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.21 3.50 $15.15 $31,500
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 2.45 $14.16 $29,440
Jackson, MS 40 0.14 2.34 $12.66 $26,320
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.08 1.37 $21.10 $43,900
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 30 0.05 0.91 $13.18 $27,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.05 0.78 $16.62 $34,570




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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 0.92 $24.74 $51,460
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.08 1.37 $21.10 $43,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.28 $19.36 $40,270
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.29 $35,970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.05 0.78 $16.62 $34,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.25 $15.76 $32,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.46 $15.50 $32,240
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 30 0.03 0.48 $15.40 $32,030
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.21 3.50 $15.15 $31,500
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $15.13 $31,470

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 2.33 38.99 $17.85 $37,130
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 1.60 26.80 $11.18 $23,260
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 23.52 $11.78 $24,490
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.43 7.19 $11.70 $24,340
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 2.43 $14.80 $30,770

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 2.33 38.99 $17.85 $37,130
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 1.60 26.80 $11.18 $23,260
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 23.52 $11.78 $24,490
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 7.63 $12.69 $26,400
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.43 7.19 $11.70 $24,340

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 2.33 38.99 $17.85 $37,130
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 2.69 $14.93 $31,060
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 2.43 $14.80 $30,770
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 3.13 $14.08 $29,280
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 5.89 $12.94 $26,910


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015