Chart Book, May 2010

Manufacturing

Figure 34

The 10 largest occupations in manufacturing made up about 26 percent of the total employment in the industry.

Employment and annual mean wages for the 10 largest occupations in manufacturing, May 2010

  • Team assemblers was the largest occupation in the manufacturing industry, making up 6 percent of employment. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers had the second highest employment, making up 3.5 percent.
  • Team assemblers had an annual mean wage of $30,620.
  • Only 2 of the 10 largest occupations had wages that were above the national mean wage ($44,410). These two occupations, sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products ($65,720) and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers ($56,140), were also not traditional production occupations.
  • Beyond the occupations shown, the largest occupations in manufacturing were production workers or transportation and material moving workers.

Figure 35

Overall, the highest paying production occupations in manufacturing were mostly intermediary occupations, not those occupations handling raw materials or final products.

Highest paying production occupations in manufacturing, May 2010

  • Production occupations made up nearly 51 percent of the total employment in the manufacturing industry.
  • Nine of the 14 highest paying occupations together accounted for just 2 percent of industry employment. The largest of the higher paying production occupations, first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, accounted for an additional 3.5 percent of employment.
  • Of these occupations, fabric and apparel patternmakers; metal and plastic model makers; and aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers had wages that were below the manufacturing industry annual mean wage ($45,680).
  • Of the highest paying occupations, five were related to power and energy distribution, three occupations were related to designing a tool or pattern, and two occupations were related to chemical processing. The remaining four occupations were a supervisory occupation, a production operator, an assembler, and a tool programmer.

Figure 36

States with higher employment concentrations of team assemblers were in the Midwest and South along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Location quotient of team assemblers, by state, May 2010

  • Indiana had the highest location quotient (2.8) for team assemblers. A location quotient represents the ratio of an occupation’s share of area employment relative to its share of national employment; a location quotient greater than one indicates that the occupation makes up an above-average share of local employment.
  • Although team assemblers was the largest production occupation, it made up 2 percent or less of the total employment of any state.
  • In 16 states, team assemblers accounted for at least 1 percent of the total state employment. Indiana had the highest percentage of total state employment for this occupation at 2 percent. In contrast, Wyoming had the lowest percentage of total state employment at 0.1 percent.

Figure 37

Team assemblers earned an annual mean wage of $29,220 nationally, but state average wages ranged from $23,900 in Alaska to $36,120 in Alabama.

Annual mean wage of team assemblers, by state, May 2010

  • States with the highest concentrations of this occupation tended to have higher mean wages for them. Eight out of nine states with high concentrations had at least an annual mean wage of $29,800.
  • States with above-average concentrations and below-average wages were often in the South, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

Figure 38

With over 30 percent of its employment in production occupations, Elkhart-Goshen, IN, was the area with the highest share of its employment in production occupations.

Occupations with the largest location quotients in
Elkhart-Goshen, IN, May 2010

  • Nationally, 6.5 percent of employment was in production occupations, giving production occupations a location quotient of 4.7 in the Elkhart-Goshen area.
  • The occupation with the highest concentration relative to the U.S. average in the Elkhart-Goshen area was fiberglass laminators and fabricators. It had a location quotient of 72, and accounted for over 1 percent of the area’s employment (99,370).
  • Furniture finishers had the second highest location quotient, at 28, and accounted for 340 jobs.
  • The 10 occupations with the largest location quotients in Elkhart-Goshen, IN, were all production occupations. Of these, three occupations were assemblers and fabricators and another three occupations were related to woodworking.
  • All of the occupations in figure 38 had wages below the hourly mean wage for the metropolitan statistical area ($17.75), except for transportation equipment painters ($20.40).

Figure 39

The largest occupation in the textile mills industry was textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders, which accounted for 15 percent of employment in the industry.

Employment and hourly mean wages for the largest
occupations in textile mills, May 2010

  • The 10 largest occupations in textile mills accounted for 57 percent of employment in this industry. The second largest occupation was textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders, which made up over 11 percent of industry employment.
  • The two largest occupations in the industry, textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders and textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders, were highly concentrated in the Southeast region of the country, particularly North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
  • Of the 10 largest occupations, the highest paying occupations included first-line supervisors of production and operating workers ($23.10) and 2 repair occupations, industrial machinery mechanics ($17.42) and general maintenance and repair workers ($17.25).

Figure 40

The largest occupations in the chemical manufacturing industry were a mix of higher and lower paying production occupations and chemists and chemical technicians.

Employment and hourly mean wages for the largest occupations in chemical manufacturing, May 2010

  • Four of the largest occupations in the chemical manufacturing industry were also among the largest occupations in the textile mills industry: first-line supervisors of production and operating workers; general maintenance and repair workers; inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers; and industrial machinery mechanics. However, the hourly mean wages were all higher for these occupations in the chemical manufacturing industry than in the textile mills industry.
  • The third largest occupation, chemical plant and system operators, was highly concentrated along the Gulf Coast states. Location quotients for this occupation were highest in Wyoming (6.7), Louisiana (6.5), South Carolina (3.3), and Texas (2.9). However, the highest paying states included Montana ($32.56), Wyoming ($30.58), Texas ($30.24), and Washington ($29.55).

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