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Production Occuption Profiles


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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. 

Of these job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic Rapid Growth Video
Dental Laboratory Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Production Workers Helpers Rapid Growth Video
Medical Appliance Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians  Rapid Growth Video
Team Assemblers Numerous Job Openings Video

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.

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