Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Apprentice workers are classified in the appropriate production occupations (51-0000).


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)
439,000 1.6 % $12.50 $26,010 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.62 $9.55 $11.52 $14.53 $18.15
Annual Wage (2) $17,930 $19,860 $23,960 $30,230 $37,760


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 131,640 3.68 $11.01 $22,910
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 21,930 4.52 $12.00 $24,960
Printing and Related Support Activities 15,540 3.44 $12.74 $26,490
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,550 2.46 $12.69 $26,400
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,450 4.63 $13.94 $28,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 7,860 5.59 $12.38 $25,750
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,490 5.39 $16.08 $33,450
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 12,450 4.63 $13.94 $28,990
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 21,930 4.52 $12.00 $24,960
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 150 3.84 $12.86 $26,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 340 0.16 $21.25 $44,200
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.07 $20.35 $42,320
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30 (7) $19.82 $41,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 250 0.06 $18.60 $38,690
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,120 1.01 $18.56 $38,610


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 50,410 3.25 1.02 $12.21 $25,390
Texas 46,620 4.03 1.27 $11.86 $24,660
Pennsylvania 21,810 3.82 1.20 $13.91 $28,930
Michigan 20,070 4.84 1.52 $12.72 $26,470
North Carolina 18,930 4.59 1.44 $11.17 $23,230



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 16,180 8.59 2.70 $11.40 $23,710
Arkansas 7,410 6.30 1.98 $12.08 $25,130
Tennessee 17,000 6.04 1.90 $11.57 $24,070
Kentucky 10,450 5.68 1.78 $12.21 $25,400
Indiana 16,390 5.56 1.75 $12.32 $25,620



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 640 2.27 0.71 $17.52 $36,440
North Dakota 510 1.13 0.36 $15.83 $32,920
Alaska 310 0.95 0.30 $15.70 $32,660
Oregon 3,460 1.99 0.63 $15.36 $31,950
Maryland 4,040 1.56 0.49 $14.76 $30,710




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,340 3.49 1.10 $11.55 $24,030
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,530 4.62 1.45 $12.65 $26,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,140 1.26 0.39 $12.76 $26,540
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,880 2.21 0.69 $13.42 $27,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,870 4.18 1.31 $11.64 $24,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 7,310 6.23 1.96 $13.75 $28,590
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 7,230 7.43 2.33 $10.63 $22,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,960 2.81 0.88 $11.16 $23,220
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,570 4.31 1.36 $11.56 $24,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,530 2.80 0.88 $11.22 $23,330