Production - Microblog

 

Overview:

Distinct Groups (108): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes510000.htm
Employment: 9,105,650
Mean Hourly Wage: $17.88
Mean Annual Wage: $37,190
Largest Employment Category--Team Assemblers—1,112,780
Smallest Employment Category--Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters--790
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

 

The Production occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 108 distinct occupational job types.    

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 9,105,650 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $37,190.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Production group’s mean hourly wage of $17.879, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $37,190.

Did you know? The Production occupation is the biggest group by far with 108 distinctive job categories; the next largest is Education, Training, and Library (with 64 categories). The top paying area, including both metro and nonmetro, is Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area by a wide margin with an annual mean wage of $74,710 (more than double the occupation’s overall $37,190). The top two metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs are both located in Indiana: Elkhart-Goshen, IN (359.28 per 1,000 jobs) and Columbus, IN (258.27 per 1,000).

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
   
1.    Nuclear Power Reactor Operators (7,170) $91,370
2.    Power Distributors and Dispatchers (11,380) $81,500
3.    Power Plant Operators (35,010) $73,800
4.    Gas Plant Operators (17,350) $67,980
5.    Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers (41,630) $67,870
6.    First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers (610,480) $61,450
7.    Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators (33,720) $61,410
8.    Chemical Plant and System Operators (33,300) $59,430
9.    Plant and System Operators, All Other (11,970) $55,340
10.  Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic (25,180) $53,560
11.  Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers (42,010) $52,530
12.  Tool and Die Makers (72,210) $51,610
13.  Model Makers, Metal and Plastic (6,250) $50,360
14.  Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders (73,840) $50,300
15.  Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers (5,310) $48,460
16.  Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators (115,840) $47,930
17.  Patternmakers, Wood (970) $47,850
18.  Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic (9,070) $47,720
19.  Model Makers, Wood (1,040) $47,480
20.  Painters, Transportation Equipment (54,860) $46,270
21.  Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic (3,420) $44,490
22.  Machinists (391,120) $43,220
23.  Engine and Other Machine Assemblers (38,150) $43,090
24.  Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters (790) $42,470
25.  Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (382,730) $42,450
26.  Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers (26,480) $42,310
27.  Tire Builders (22,280) $42,230
28.  Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (29,060) $41,900
29.  Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders (17,730) $41,840
30.  Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, & Still Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders (47,160) $41,450
31.  Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (17,560) $41,180
32.  Dental Laboratory Technicians (37,110) $40,760
33.  Prepress Technicians and Workers (33,340) $40,640
34.  Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers (518,950) $40,340
35.  Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters (77,270) $40,000
36.  Medical Appliance Technicians (14,570) $39,880
37.  Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (33,850) $39,630
38.  Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (146,190) $39,590
39.  Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (19,780) $39,010
40.  Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (12,290) $38,880
41.  Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners (9,550) $38,860
42.  Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (19,160) $38,710
43.  Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (93,100) $38,570
44.  Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (46,920) $38,380
45.  Semiconductor Processors (24,430) $37,890
46.  Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (130,480) $37,630
47.  Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders (19,520) $37,600
48.  Printing Press Operators (169,910) $37,460
49.  Pourers and Casters, Metal (8,560) $37,300
50.  Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (117,300) $36,190
51.  Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (29,830) $36,050
52.  Foundry Mold and Coremakers (12,810) $36,030
53.  Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other (22,930) $35,780
54.  Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers (19,340) $35,420
55.  Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers (45,540) $35,410
56.  Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers (14,090) $35,340
57.  Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (71,960) $35,340
58.  Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (74,600) $34,920
59.  Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters (97,980) $34,800
60.  Upholsterers (32,520) $34,640
61.  Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders (16,940) $34,610
62.  Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (85,760) $34,460
63.  Etchers and Engravers (9,520) $34,390
64.  Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (71,260) $34,370
65.  Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians (28,570) $34,220
66.  Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal & Plastic (192,800) $34,210
67.  Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (61,330) $34,000
68.  Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers (218,530) $33,700
69.  Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (35,570) $33,690
70.  Print Binding and Finishing Workers (52,730) $33,270
71.  Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators (19,400) $33,020
72.  Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal and Plastic (145,560) $32,660
73.  Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic (39,450) $32,590
74.  Team Assemblers (1,112,780) $32,550
75.  Production Workers, All Other (251,670) $32,380
76.  Furniture Finishers (17,370) $32,330
77.  Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders (8,170) $32,100
78.  Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers (15,450) $32,040
79.  Woodworkers, All Other (6,750) $31,780
80.  Butchers and Meat Cutters (133,880) $31,740
81.  Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators (26,430) $31,740
82.  Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other (230,310) $31,050
83.  Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders (20,080) $30,970
84.  Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders (386,520) $30,910
85.  Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand (26,670) $30,860
86.  Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other (15,650) $30,830
87.  Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers (21,660) $30,670
88.  Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders (17,860) $30,590
89.  Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders (36,520) $30,330
90.  Food Batchmakers (148,540) $30,130
91.  Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood (50,640) $29,960
92.  Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing (76,130) $29,850
93.  Cutters and Trimmers, Hand (14,250) $29,580
94.  Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders (10,860) $28,480
95.  Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (21,550) $28,380
96.  Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (30,340) $28,110
97.  Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders (15,040) $27,860
98.  Bakers (180,450) $27,110
99.  Slaughterers and Meat Packers (80,780) $27,040
100.Helpers--Production Workers (429,890) $26,930
101.Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders (3,500) $26,530
102.Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers (7,780) $26,040
103.Sewing Machine Operators (139,500) $25,830
104.Food Processing Workers, All Other (43,070) $25,800
105.Sewers, Hand (6,540) $25,630
106.Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers (149,800) $25,510
107.Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers (207,710) $23,210
108.Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials (45,150) $22,270

 


What's Hot

What’s Hot: The Production group is comprised of the largest number of distinct occupations (108) and the fifth largest number of employees (9,105,650). The ‘power’ brokers have the power jobs in terms of income, with Nuclear Power Reactor Operators at $91,370, Power Distributors and Dispatchers at an annual mean wage of $81,500 and Power Plant Operators at $73,800 operating at #1-3 on the Best Paid list. This is also consistent with Nuclear Engineers $105,950 ranking fourth on the Architecture and Engineering group income list.

What’s Not: Garment/clothing personnel may find it more difficult to ‘dress for success’ as Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials have a mean annual wage of $22,270, Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers ($23,210) and Sewers, Hand ($25,630) represent three of the top four in the Least Paid group.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Production occupational group are:

California (871,160 workers)
Texas (673,270)
Ohio (494,570)
Michigan (445,320)
Illinois (434,220)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Indiana (126.83 per 1,000 jobs)
Wisconsin (114.84)
Alabama (111.63)
Kentucky (109.26)
Michigan (105.73)

The top paying States for this occupation are below.  In this instance, the leaders are all over the map.

District of Columbia ($56,640 annual mean wage)
Wyoming ($52,430)
Alaska ($46,170)
Washington ($44,580)
Louisiana ($44,360)


 
 
 
 

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