Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
64,710 2.3 % $23.63 $49,150 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.54 $17.32 $23.12 $29.16 $34.97
Annual Wage (2) $28,160 $36,020 $48,090 $60,650 $72,740


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 18,810 12.99 $25.24 $52,500
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 10,140 10.98 $25.51 $53,050
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 8,160 2.99 $21.65 $45,020
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,360 6.48 $21.35 $44,410
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 3,730 3.62 $20.58 $42,810

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 18,810 12.99 $25.24 $52,500
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 10,140 10.98 $25.51 $53,050
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing 5,360 6.48 $21.35 $44,410
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 2,230 6.21 $22.86 $47,560
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 3,360 5.86 $20.88 $43,430

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 1,980 1.80 $31.65 $65,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,000 0.95 $27.00 $56,160
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 10,140 10.98 $25.51 $53,050
Waste Treatment and Disposal 490 0.53 $25.41 $52,840
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 18,810 12.99 $25.24 $52,500


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 10,530 0.94 1.96 $26.37 $54,840
Pennsylvania 4,520 0.80 1.67 $21.99 $45,740
Ohio 3,530 0.68 1.42 $24.16 $50,250
New Jersey 3,050 0.79 1.64 $23.78 $49,470
Illinois 2,520 0.44 0.91 $24.79 $51,570



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 1.94 4.06 $25.08 $52,160
West Virginia 1,260 1.78 3.72 $25.08 $52,160
Alabama 2,480 1.34 2.79 $26.15 $54,390
Louisiana 2,320 1.21 2.52 $30.46 $63,350
Kentucky 2,080 1.15 2.40 $24.97 $51,950



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 60 0.21 0.43 $32.49 $67,590
Louisiana 2,320 1.21 2.52 $30.46 $63,350
Washington 420 0.15 0.31 $29.25 $60,850
Texas 10,530 0.94 1.96 $26.37 $54,840
Alabama 2,480 1.34 2.79 $26.15 $54,390




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 6,130 2.15 4.50 $27.99 $58,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,110 1.13 2.37 $22.93 $47,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.41 0.86 $25.18 $52,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.65 1.36 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,230 3.22 6.72 $34.25 $71,250
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 3.04 6.34 $24.85 $51,690
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 960 0.94 1.97 $22.53 $46,870
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 910 0.94 1.97 $28.11 $58,470
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 890 0.89 1.87 $21.70 $45,140
Pittsburgh, PA 830 0.73 1.53 $23.89 $49,690



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)
Decatur, AL 490 9.41 19.65 $28.12 $58,500
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 410 6.09 12.72 $28.03 $58,300
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 720 4.58 9.55 $28.88 $60,080
Mobile, AL 650 3.86 8.07 $29.01 $60,330
Lake Charles, LA 330 3.74 7.81 $26.84 $55,820
Charleston, WV 510 3.55 7.41 $26.48 $55,080
Lima, OH 170 3.51 7.33 $27.38 $56,960
Baton Rouge, LA 1,230 3.22 6.72 $34.25 $71,250
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 3.04 6.34 $24.85 $51,690
Sheboygan, WI 150 2.52 5.26 $21.71 $45,160



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 1,230 3.22 6.72 $34.25 $71,250
Odessa, TX (8) (8) (8) $30.86 $64,190
Knoxville, TN 310 0.95 1.98 $29.61 $61,600
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 290 1.41 2.94 $29.26 $60,860
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 250 0.29 0.60 $29.13 $60,590
Mobile, AL 650 3.86 8.07 $29.01 $60,330
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 720 4.58 9.55 $28.88 $60,080
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 110 0.26 0.55 $28.62 $59,530
Decatur, AL 490 9.41 19.65 $28.12 $58,500
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 910 0.94 1.97 $28.11 $58,470

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 410 3.38 7.05 $24.83 $51,640
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 1.40 2.92 $27.57 $57,340
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 340 1.58 3.29 $26.52 $55,160
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 330 3.28 6.86 $20.07 $41,740
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 320 2.43 5.08 $29.60 $61,570

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 410 3.38 7.05 $24.83 $51,640
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 330 3.28 6.86 $20.07 $41,740
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 320 2.43 5.08 $29.60 $61,570
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 160 2.25 4.69 $20.37 $42,360
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.71 3.57 $28.76 $59,820

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 2.75 $32.72 $68,050
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 320 2.43 5.08 $29.60 $61,570
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.71 3.57 $28.76 $59,820
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 1.40 2.92 $27.57 $57,340
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 340 1.58 3.29 $26.52 $55,160


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