Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.


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)
434,170 0.7 % $17.64 $36,690 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.80 $12.44 $16.36 $21.49 $27.82
Annual Wage (2) $20,380 $25,880 $34,040 $44,700 $57,860


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)
Employment Services 25,500 0.86 $14.38 $29,900
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 20,960 1.62 $19.57 $40,710
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 19,310 4.08 $23.93 $49,780
Plastics Product Manufacturing 18,000 3.54 $15.31 $31,850
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 15,730 4.15 $16.60 $34,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabric Mills 3,050 5.53 $14.23 $29,590
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 4,190 5.30 $15.98 $33,230
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,730 4.98 $13.15 $27,360
Apparel Knitting Mills 800 4.77 $11.27 $23,450
Rubber Product Manufacturing 5,460 4.38 $17.74 $36,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,130 0.29 $29.34 $61,030
Other Pipeline Transportation 80 1.21 $27.43 $57,050
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $25.63 $53,300
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 30 0.08 $25.10 $52,210
Facilities Support Services 410 0.30 $24.75 $51,490


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 47,720 3.40 1.00 $18.58 $38,650
Texas 37,750 3.66 1.08 $17.70 $36,820
Pennsylvania 21,580 3.89 1.15 $18.16 $37,770
Ohio 21,380 4.29 1.27 $17.36 $36,110
New York 20,330 2.41 0.71 $17.97 $37,380




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)
Indiana 18,130 6.57 1.94 $16.56 $34,450
Arkansas 6,210 5.45 1.61 $14.77 $30,720
Michigan 20,160 5.27 1.56 $17.91 $37,250
New Hampshire 3,140 5.18 1.53 $17.81 $37,040
South Carolina 8,750 4.94 1.46 $15.94 $33,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 510 1.62 0.48 $29.69 $61,750
New Mexico 1,160 1.50 0.44 $24.70 $51,380
District of Columbia 120 0.19 0.05 $24.30 $50,540
Washington 9,440 3.47 1.03 $22.38 $46,550
Wyoming 640 2.34 0.69 $21.80 $45,340





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 13,610 3.56 1.05 $18.27 $38,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,310 4.82 1.43 $19.04 $39,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,950 3.06 0.90 $17.86 $37,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,630 1.51 0.45 $18.48 $38,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,910 4.98 1.47 $18.50 $38,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,250 3.06 0.90 $17.47 $36,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,730 4.19 1.24 $25.43 $52,890
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,630 5.43 1.60 $18.76 $39,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,300 2.38 0.70 $16.45 $34,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,090 2.81 0.83 $20.79 $43,240