Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.


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)
508,590 0.7 % $18.95 $39,410 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.16 $12.97 $17.31 $23.14 $29.88
Annual Wage (2) $21,140 $26,980 $36,000 $48,130 $62,150


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)
Employment Services 37,380 1.04 $14.96 $31,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 28,200 2.02 $22.08 $45,920
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 21,710 4.45 $26.57 $55,270
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 20,600 3.67 $17.46 $36,310
Plastics Product Manufacturing 20,240 3.67 $16.34 $34,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 5,020 6.07 $17.81 $37,040
Apparel Knitting Mills 680 5.37 $11.60 $24,130
Foundries 6,200 4.88 $17.96 $37,350
Fabric Mills 2,610 4.65 $14.91 $31,010
Rubber Product Manufacturing 6,120 4.61 $18.43 $38,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,140 0.29 $33.61 $69,910
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $32.20 $66,990
Natural Gas Distribution 810 0.71 $29.70 $61,770
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.47 $29.56 $61,480
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 200 1.90 $29.11 $60,560


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)
California 53,400 3.45 0.93 $19.68 $40,930
Texas 50,380 4.35 1.18 $20.84 $43,340
Ohio 28,830 5.46 1.48 $18.34 $38,150
Michigan 28,130 6.78 1.84 $16.71 $34,750
Illinois 22,890 3.91 1.06 $17.87 $37,160



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)
Indiana 20,190 6.85 1.86 $17.46 $36,310
Michigan 28,130 6.78 1.84 $16.71 $34,750
South Carolina 12,270 6.36 1.73 $17.55 $36,500
Kentucky 11,120 6.05 1.64 $17.87 $37,170
Alabama 11,310 6.00 1.63 $15.41 $32,060



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 570 1.73 0.47 $31.09 $64,660
North Dakota 1,710 3.81 1.03 $27.60 $57,410
Washington 11,950 4.00 1.09 $25.93 $53,930
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.03 $25.60 $53,250
Wyoming 800 2.82 0.77 $24.13 $50,190




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 17,690 6.04 1.64 $23.90 $49,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,780 4.09 1.11 $19.16 $39,860
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 12,670 3.55 0.96 $17.66 $36,740
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 9,180 7.82 2.12 $16.82 $34,990
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,630 1.33 0.36 $18.94 $39,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,990 3.43 0.93 $19.01 $39,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,730 5.03 1.36 $28.39 $59,050
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 7,110 4.66 1.26 $19.49 $40,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,850 2.76 0.75 $17.44 $36,270
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 6,190 6.07 1.65 $18.83 $39,170