Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.


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)
7,970 5.1 % $15.14 $31,490 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.47 $11.11 $13.76 $18.31 $23.61
Annual Wage (2) $19,690 $23,100 $28,630 $38,080 $49,120


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,430 0.50 $13.78 $28,660
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,170 1.59 $17.66 $36,730
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 980 0.59 $15.18 $31,580
Beverage Manufacturing 920 0.45 $12.22 $25,430
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 260 0.77 $12.07 $25,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,170 1.59 $17.66 $36,730
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 260 0.77 $12.07 $25,100
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 980 0.59 $15.18 $31,580
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,430 0.50 $13.78 $28,660
Beverage Manufacturing 920 0.45 $12.22 $25,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Food Manufacturing 70 0.03 $18.96 $39,430
Support Activities for Crop Production (8) (8) $18.90 $39,310
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,170 1.59 $17.66 $36,730
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 130 0.02 $17.40 $36,200
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 30 (7) $16.19 $33,680


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 680 0.06 1.02 $15.41 $32,050
Iowa 600 0.39 6.79 $16.55 $34,430
Missouri 580 0.22 3.73 $16.82 $34,980
Arkansas 560 0.48 8.26 $12.62 $26,240
Pennsylvania 510 0.09 1.54 $16.40 $34,110



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)
Arkansas 560 0.48 8.26 $12.62 $26,240
Mississippi 480 0.43 7.46 $13.25 $27,550
Iowa 600 0.39 6.79 $16.55 $34,430
Vermont 110 0.35 6.10 $12.16 $25,300
Missouri 580 0.22 3.73 $16.82 $34,980



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 270 0.05 0.79 $22.32 $46,430
Oregon 130 0.08 1.30 $18.39 $38,250
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.63 $18.10 $37,640
Missouri 580 0.22 3.73 $16.82 $34,980
Washington 130 0.04 0.76 $16.68 $34,690




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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 320 3.78 65.45 $18.38 $38,230
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.88 15.23 $13.29 $27,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.41 $15.92 $33,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.51 $13.42 $27,910
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.27 22.05 $11.02 $22,920
Joplin, MO 80 0.98 16.90 $11.61 $24,150
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.19 $18.02 $37,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 0.49 $16.60 $34,520
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.93 $23.45 $48,770
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 2.62 $14.16 $29,450



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)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 320 3.78 65.45 $18.38 $38,230
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.27 22.05 $11.02 $22,920
Joplin, MO 80 0.98 16.90 $11.61 $24,150
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.88 15.23 $13.29 $27,630
Erie, PA 40 0.28 4.92 $16.54 $34,390
Canton-Massillon, OH 40 0.27 4.62 $12.36 $25,710
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.19 3.32 $17.63 $36,660
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 2.62 $14.16 $29,450
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.09 1.51 $15.25 $31,710
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 40 0.07 1.15 $10.45 $21,730



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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.93 $23.45 $48,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.13 $39,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.05 $39,620
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 320 3.78 65.45 $18.38 $38,230
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.19 $18.02 $37,480
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.94 $37,320
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.19 3.32 $17.63 $36,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 0.49 $16.60 $34,520
Erie, PA 40 0.28 4.92 $16.54 $34,390
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.41 $15.92 $33,120

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 2.01 34.77 $12.60 $26,210
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 8.46 $13.25 $27,550
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 7.80 $13.24 $27,530
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 12.85 $13.93 $28,960
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 7.48 $13.14 $27,330

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 2.01 34.77 $12.60 $26,210
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 12.85 $13.93 $28,960
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 8.97 $13.23 $27,520
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 8.46 $13.25 $27,550
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 7.80 $13.24 $27,530

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.46 $34,240
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 3.38 $16.09 $33,480
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.19 $31,590
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 12.85 $13.93 $28,960
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.82 $28,740


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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