Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.


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)
95,690 2.4 % $17.14 $35,660 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.94 $12.70 $16.68 $20.94 $25.65
Annual Wage (2) $20,680 $26,410 $34,690 $43,560 $53,340


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)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 60,020 21.89 $16.42 $34,160
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,340 19.82 $20.79 $43,240
Printing and Related Support Activities 6,110 1.31 $15.89 $33,060
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,300 0.28 $13.11 $27,280
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,220 0.25 $13.10 $27,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 60,020 21.89 $16.42 $34,160
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,340 19.82 $20.79 $43,240
Printing and Related Support Activities 6,110 1.31 $15.89 $33,060
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers 810 0.66 $15.06 $31,330
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 280 0.41 $14.81 $30,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,340 19.82 $20.79 $43,240
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 50 0.06 $20.45 $42,540
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.06 $18.21 $37,880
Dairy Product Manufacturing 220 0.17 $17.78 $36,990
Plastics Product Manufacturing 230 0.05 $17.11 $35,580


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)
Wisconsin 8,340 3.12 4.25 $18.77 $39,040
Pennsylvania 7,150 1.28 1.74 $19.74 $41,060
California 5,770 0.40 0.55 $16.46 $34,230
Illinois 5,310 0.94 1.28 $16.72 $34,780
Texas 5,160 0.49 0.66 $12.66 $26,330




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)
Wisconsin 8,340 3.12 4.25 $18.77 $39,040
South Carolina 3,620 2.01 2.74 $19.39 $40,340
Arkansas 1,900 1.65 2.24 $17.69 $36,800
Georgia 4,980 1.31 1.78 $20.88 $43,420
Alabama 2,350 1.29 1.76 $19.15 $39,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,120 0.69 0.95 $23.29 $48,440
Georgia 4,980 1.31 1.78 $20.88 $43,420
New Hampshire 110 0.19 0.25 $20.17 $41,960
Oklahoma 820 0.53 0.73 $20.13 $41,870
Arizona 390 0.16 0.22 $20.06 $41,730





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 4,600 1.26 1.72 $16.87 $35,090
Green Bay, WI 2,200 13.17 17.93 $19.63 $40,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.53 0.72 $15.42 $32,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.35 0.48 $14.42 $30,000
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,730 1.77 2.41 $16.32 $33,950
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,700 19.08 25.98 $20.17 $41,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.72 0.99 $12.93 $26,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,440 0.82 1.12 $17.25 $35,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,410 0.63 0.85 $15.92 $33,120
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.71 0.97 $19.36 $40,270




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)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,700 19.08 25.98 $20.17 $41,940
Green Bay, WI 2,200 13.17 17.93 $19.63 $40,830
Longview, WA 360 10.61 14.45 $24.39 $50,730
Glens Falls, NY 320 6.04 8.22 $18.79 $39,090
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,140 5.66 7.71 (8) (8)
Altoona, PA 330 5.62 7.66 $18.43 $38,330
Florence, SC 310 3.85 5.25 (8) (8)
Spartanburg, SC 420 3.67 5.00 $16.81 $34,960
Fort Smith, AR-OK 390 3.46 4.71 $16.30 $33,910
Hattiesburg, MS 190 3.40 4.63 $15.89 $33,050




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)
Duluth, MN-WI 120 0.95 1.29 $27.43 $57,060
Longview, WA 360 10.61 14.45 $24.39 $50,730
Tulsa, OK 440 1.07 1.45 $22.37 $46,540
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 70 0.54 0.74 $22.36 $46,520
York-Hanover, PA (8) (8) (8) $21.15 $44,000
Mobile, AL (8) (8) (8) $20.88 $43,440
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.26 0.35 $20.84 $43,350
Syracuse, NY 510 1.71 2.33 $20.72 $43,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,050 1.05 1.42 $20.54 $42,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.14 $20.24 $42,100

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 710 3.84 5.23 $18.61 $38,720
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 710 4.10 5.58 $19.56 $40,680
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 680 2.71 3.69 $15.91 $33,100
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 560 3.10 4.22 $20.55 $42,740
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 560 2.36 3.21 $13.87 $28,840

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)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 710 4.10 5.58 $19.56 $40,680
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 710 3.84 5.23 $18.61 $38,720
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 560 3.10 4.22 $20.55 $42,740
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 370 2.92 3.98 $19.14 $39,800
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 680 2.71 3.69 $15.91 $33,100

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.03 $47,900
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 120 1.51 2.05 $21.41 $44,530
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.91 1.24 $20.57 $42,800
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 560 3.10 4.22 $20.55 $42,740
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.53 0.72 $20.33 $42,280


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