Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes "Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).


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)
60,450 2.4 % $23.30 $48,470 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.45 $17.25 $22.95 $28.88 $34.25
Annual Wage (2) $27,970 $35,870 $47,730 $60,070 $71,240


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)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,390 12.80 $25.22 $52,460
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 9,350 10.27 $24.92 $51,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 7,480 2.70 $21.38 $44,480
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,080 6.16 $20.92 $43,520
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 3,550 3.43 $19.83 $41,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,390 12.80 $25.22 $52,460
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 9,350 10.27 $24.92 $51,840
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,080 6.16 $20.92 $43,520
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 1,890 5.19 $20.80 $43,260
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 2,920 5.08 $19.82 $41,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,610 1.45 $28.61 $59,500
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 840 0.79 $27.23 $56,630
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 390 1.37 $26.87 $55,880
Waste Treatment and Disposal 490 0.51 $25.45 $52,930
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,390 12.80 $25.22 $52,460


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 9,640 0.88 1.94 $26.96 $56,080
Pennsylvania 4,370 0.78 1.71 $21.47 $44,650
Illinois 3,020 0.53 1.16 $23.39 $48,650
Ohio 2,980 0.58 1.28 $23.69 $49,270
Louisiana 2,750 1.46 3.20 $29.04 $60,400




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)
Delaware 820 1.99 4.36 $25.18 $52,370
Louisiana 2,750 1.46 3.20 $29.04 $60,400
West Virginia 890 1.26 2.76 $23.19 $48,230
Alabama 2,160 1.17 2.57 $25.21 $52,430
Texas 9,640 0.88 1.94 $26.96 $56,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 2,750 1.46 3.20 $29.04 $60,400
Washington 360 0.13 0.28 $27.72 $57,650
Texas 9,640 0.88 1.94 $26.96 $56,080
Indiana 1,540 0.54 1.18 $25.81 $53,680
Alabama 2,160 1.17 2.57 $25.21 $52,430





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,640 2.05 4.49 $28.04 $58,320
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,100 1.14 2.50 $22.51 $46,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.51 1.12 $24.00 $49,920
Baton Rouge, LA 1,610 4.40 9.66 $32.09 $66,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.54 1.18 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 1,070 0.94 2.07 $22.43 $46,660
St. Louis, MO-IL 980 0.76 1.66 $19.77 $41,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.24 0.53 $21.25 $44,200
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 960 6.17 13.54 $30.78 $64,030
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 930 2.85 6.26 $25.59 $53,230




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)
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 460 6.87 15.08 $26.34 $54,790
Decatur, AL 340 6.40 14.04 $27.20 $56,580
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 960 6.17 13.54 $30.78 $64,030
Baton Rouge, LA 1,610 4.40 9.66 $32.09 $66,740
Mobile, AL 740 4.39 9.64 $28.44 $59,150
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 450 3.92 8.59 $18.29 $38,040
Lima, OH 170 3.57 7.83 $29.76 $61,910
Longview, TX 340 3.47 7.61 $27.62 $57,450
Lake Charles, LA 290 3.30 7.24 $22.83 $47,480
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 930 2.85 6.26 $25.59 $53,230




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,610 4.40 9.66 $32.09 $66,740
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 960 6.17 13.54 $30.78 $64,030
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.37 0.80 $30.31 $63,050
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 0.33 $30.05 $62,500
Lima, OH 170 3.57 7.83 $29.76 $61,910
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $29.52 $61,410
Knoxville, TN 320 0.97 2.14 $29.37 $61,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.26 0.57 $28.49 $59,270
Mobile, AL 740 4.39 9.64 $28.44 $59,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,640 2.05 4.49 $28.04 $58,320

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.64 3.59 $26.91 $55,980
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 390 2.63 5.76 $24.97 $51,940
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 360 2.89 6.35 $22.32 $46,420
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 300 2.35 5.15 $29.28 $60,910
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 260 1.91 4.19 $23.58 $49,040

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)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 210 3.01 6.61 $18.89 $39,290
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 360 2.89 6.35 $22.32 $46,420
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 390 2.63 5.76 $24.97 $51,940
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 300 2.35 5.15 $29.28 $60,910
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 260 1.91 4.19 $23.58 $49,040

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 2.91 $29.75 $61,890
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 300 2.35 5.15 $29.28 $60,910
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.59 3.49 $27.45 $57,090
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.64 3.59 $26.91 $55,980
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 390 2.63 5.76 $24.97 $51,940


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014