Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
19,650 3.3 % $17.77 $36,970 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.88 $13.41 $17.00 $21.46 $26.44
Annual Wage (2) $22,620 $27,890 $35,360 $44,630 $55,000


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 4,160 5.03 $16.46 $34,230
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 2,350 5.96 $15.86 $32,990
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,080 1.18 $16.26 $33,810
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,000 1.10 $19.94 $41,480
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 830 1.13 $17.68 $36,780

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 2,350 5.96 $15.86 $32,990
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 4,160 5.03 $16.46 $34,230
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 420 3.17 $20.54 $42,710
Metal Ore Mining 520 1.20 $19.76 $41,100
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,080 1.18 $16.26 $33,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $22.66 $47,130
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 100 0.03 $21.94 $45,640
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 390 0.21 $20.93 $43,520
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 230 0.39 $20.90 $43,470
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 790 0.77 $20.89 $43,440


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 1,770 0.43 3.00 $16.84 $35,020
Ohio 1,370 0.26 1.82 $16.94 $35,240
Indiana 1,320 0.45 3.14 $18.69 $38,870
Tennessee 990 0.35 2.46 $15.91 $33,090
Texas 980 0.08 0.59 $16.93 $35,210



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 880 0.47 3.27 $19.84 $41,260
Indiana 1,320 0.45 3.14 $18.69 $38,870
North Carolina 1,770 0.43 3.00 $16.84 $35,020
West Virginia 300 0.42 2.97 $15.85 $32,980
Arkansas 460 0.39 2.77 $15.81 $32,880



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 60 0.02 0.17 $25.91 $53,890
Virginia 540 0.15 1.02 $24.32 $50,590
Wyoming 50 0.17 1.19 $22.88 $47,590
South Dakota 40 0.09 0.64 $22.66 $47,140
Nevada 40 0.03 0.24 $21.89 $45,540




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 910 3.44 24.12 $20.10 $41,800
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 500 0.57 4.00 $14.78 $30,730
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 400 0.36 2.51 $16.23 $33,760
Columbus, OH 320 0.32 2.25 $15.30 $31,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.69 $15.46 $32,150
Toledo, OH 220 0.76 5.32 $17.30 $35,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 180 0.06 0.43 $16.25 $33,790
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 180 0.36 2.52 $22.68 $47,180
Knoxville, TN 180 0.47 3.33 $21.19 $44,080
Pittsburgh, PA 180 0.16 1.09 $18.98 $39,480



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 910 3.44 24.12 $20.10 $41,800
Toledo, OH 220 0.76 5.32 $17.30 $35,990
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.76 5.31 $23.90 $49,700
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 500 0.57 4.00 $14.78 $30,730
Appleton, WI 60 0.53 3.72 $17.50 $36,410
Knoxville, TN 180 0.47 3.33 $21.19 $44,080
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 150 0.46 3.24 $17.92 $37,280
Medford, OR 40 0.45 3.17 $17.74 $36,900
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 400 0.36 2.51 $16.23 $33,760
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 180 0.36 2.52 $22.68 $47,180



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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 0.22 $27.01 $56,180
Huntsville, AL 70 0.35 2.45 $25.67 $53,400
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.76 5.31 $23.90 $49,700
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.07 0.47 $22.97 $47,780
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 180 0.36 2.52 $22.68 $47,180
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 90 0.12 0.87 $22.55 $46,900
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.05 0.33 $21.89 $45,540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $21.69 $45,110
Columbia, SC 100 0.27 1.91 $21.56 $44,850
Knoxville, TN 180 0.47 3.33 $21.19 $44,080

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)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 490 1.98 13.90 $14.62 $30,410
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 1.32 9.28 $21.40 $44,520
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 260 0.79 5.55 $17.12 $35,610
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 230 1.99 13.95 $19.86 $41,320
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 1.47 10.28 $18.68 $38,860

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 170 2.55 17.91 $19.60 $40,760
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 230 1.99 13.95 $19.86 $41,320
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 490 1.98 13.90 $14.62 $30,410
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 1.47 10.28 $18.68 $38,860
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.34 9.43 $23.46 $48,800

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 50 0.33 2.31 $25.73 $53,520
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.34 9.43 $23.46 $48,800
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 1.32 9.28 $21.40 $44,520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.46 3.19 $21.13 $43,940
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 1.16 8.17 $20.35 $42,320


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016