Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
420,520 1.2 % $12.31 $25,600 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $9.35 $11.35 $14.42 $17.95
Annual Wage (2) $17,470 $19,440 $23,610 $30,000 $37,330


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 114,690 3.32 $10.82 $22,510
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 21,400 4.41 $11.49 $23,900
Printing and Related Support Activities 15,600 3.42 $12.81 $26,640
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,350 2.49 $12.63 $26,260
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 11,670 4.34 $13.67 $28,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 210 5.72 $12.37 $25,730
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 7,480 5.41 $12.10 $25,170
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 5,400 5.16 $16.11 $33,500
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 3,480 4.93 $13.00 $27,040
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 21,400 4.41 $11.49 $23,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 710 0.96 $21.61 $44,950
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $20.30 $42,220
Rail Transportation 310 0.14 $19.59 $40,740
Natural Gas Distribution 100 0.09 $18.72 $38,950
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,140 1.03 $18.24 $37,930


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 47,300 3.13 1.01 $11.95 $24,860
Texas 37,320 3.32 1.07 $11.74 $24,410
Pennsylvania 23,000 4.07 1.31 $13.36 $27,790
Michigan 20,930 5.14 1.65 $12.62 $26,250
Ohio 18,500 3.56 1.14 $13.26 $27,580



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 9,270 8.00 2.57 $11.81 $24,570
Alabama 12,220 6.58 2.11 $11.41 $23,730
Kentucky 11,380 6.29 2.02 $12.45 $25,890
Indiana 15,910 5.47 1.76 $12.26 $25,500
Michigan 20,930 5.14 1.65 $12.62 $26,250



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 590 2.08 0.67 $16.26 $33,830
Alaska 230 0.72 0.23 $15.76 $32,770
Maryland 3,920 1.53 0.49 $14.62 $30,400
Oregon 3,090 1.84 0.59 $14.32 $29,770
North Dakota 510 1.16 0.37 $13.87 $28,850




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 14,710 3.63 1.17 $11.35 $23,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 11,510 3.07 0.99 $12.54 $26,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,320 3.98 1.28 $11.63 $24,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,710 4.78 1.53 $10.88 $22,640
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,660 4.49 1.44 $12.01 $24,980
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 6,590 5.76 1.85 $13.65 $28,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,200 2.60 0.83 $11.03 $22,950
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,120 1.14 0.36 $11.93 $24,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,830 2.60 0.84 $11.07 $23,030
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 5,380 13.23 4.25 $11.65 $24,240