Production Occuption Profiles


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.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category--Team Assemblers—1,112,780
Smallest Employment Category--Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters--790 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

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.

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