Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.


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)
20,590 3.8 % $17.69 $36,800 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.86 $13.25 $16.78 $21.44 $26.50
Annual Wage (2) $22,580 $27,560 $34,900 $44,600 $55,110


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)
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 3,250 3.98 $16.77 $34,890
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 2,180 5.54 $15.98 $33,240
Rubber Product Manufacturing 1,340 1.03 $19.27 $40,080
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,100 1.24 $15.85 $32,960
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,060 1.16 $19.45 $40,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 2,180 5.54 $15.98 $33,240
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 530 4.01 $21.29 $44,290
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 3,250 3.98 $16.77 $34,890
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,010 1.44 $16.36 $34,040
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,100 1.24 $15.85 $32,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 430 0.25 $22.76 $47,330
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 100 0.02 $22.09 $45,960
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 530 4.01 $21.29 $44,290
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 90 0.02 $21.20 $44,100
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 840 0.80 $21.06 $43,810


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)
North Carolina 1,610 0.40 2.61 $17.52 $36,440
Indiana 1,410 0.48 3.18 $18.45 $38,380
Ohio 1,390 0.27 1.75 $16.35 $34,020
Texas 1,110 0.10 0.65 $16.36 $34,030
Alabama 1,100 0.59 3.88 $17.43 $36,250



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)
Alabama 1,100 0.59 3.88 $17.43 $36,250
West Virginia 340 0.48 3.15 $16.56 $34,440
Indiana 1,410 0.48 3.18 $18.45 $38,380
North Carolina 1,610 0.40 2.61 $17.52 $36,440
Arkansas 440 0.38 2.50 $16.63 $34,590



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 90 0.03 0.22 $25.60 $53,240
South Dakota 30 0.08 0.53 $22.46 $46,710
Wyoming 60 0.23 1.50 $22.22 $46,210
Virginia 600 0.16 1.08 $22.10 $45,970
Illinois 770 0.13 0.87 $20.49 $42,610




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 950 3.57 23.46 $19.72 $41,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.61 $20.99 $43,660
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.38 2.50 $17.26 $35,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.08 0.51 $19.19 $39,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.13 0.83 $14.49 $30,140
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.32 $22.86 $47,560
Columbus, OH 250 0.26 1.68 $16.81 $34,950
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 200 0.20 1.28 $16.75 $34,840
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.13 0.84 $16.79 $34,920
Pittsburgh, PA 190 0.17 1.10 $17.99 $37,410



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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 950 3.57 23.46 $19.72 $41,020
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 110 1.91 12.51 $17.18 $35,740
Wausau, WI 90 1.27 8.35 $13.98 $29,080
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 40 0.63 4.14 $20.07 $41,750
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.32 $22.86 $47,560
Huntsville, AL 100 0.49 3.22 $22.15 $46,070
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 40 0.43 2.81 $15.01 $31,220
Medford, OR 30 0.42 2.76 $17.48 $36,360
Asheville, NC 70 0.40 2.64 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 350 0.38 2.50 $17.26 $35,900



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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 30 0.10 0.67 $29.29 $60,930
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.15 1.01 $27.99 $58,230
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 0.21 $26.50 $55,110
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 0.76 $25.07 $52,150
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 30 0.33 2.15 $24.69 $51,360
Knoxville, TN 100 0.32 2.07 $23.97 $49,860
Columbia, SC 70 0.18 1.21 $22.97 $47,790
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 250 0.51 3.32 $22.86 $47,560
Huntsville, AL 100 0.49 3.22 $22.15 $46,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.61 $20.99 $43,660

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 430 1.66 10.93 $15.34 $31,910
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 390 1.31 8.59 $21.33 $44,360
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 340 2.48 16.27 $12.18 $25,340
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 240 0.88 5.79 $17.62 $36,660
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 1.92 12.58 $18.88 $39,260

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 340 2.48 16.27 $12.18 $25,340
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 1.92 12.58 $18.88 $39,260
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 430 1.66 10.93 $15.34 $31,910
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 390 1.31 8.59 $21.33 $44,360
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 8.51 $14.33 $29,800

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.84 $25.05 $52,100
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 1.01 6.61 $24.75 $51,470
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.78 5.10 $24.11 $50,160
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.90 $23.95 $49,810
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.49 3.19 $22.34 $46,460


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