Production Occupations

Minor Occupation Group

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2020 Workforce
8.53M
Average Age
42.4
Average Salary
$42,620
Average Male Salary
$47,059
Average Female Salary
$31,582

About

Production Occupations are most often employed by the Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Production Occupations was $42,620 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Production Occupations by wage are Office & Administrative Support Occupations, Transportation & Material Moving Occupations, and Construction & Extraction Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Production Occupations are Elkhart & Goshen Cities PUMA, IN, Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange & Steuben Counties PUMA, IN, and Muskegon County PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Production Occupations are Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange & Steuben Counties PUMA, IN, St. Joseph & Branch Counties PUMA, MI, and Whitfield County PUMA, GA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Production Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Production Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Production Occupations, by average wage, is Electric power generation, transmission & distribution. Production Occupations are paid most in Rancho Santa Margarita City (East) & Ladera Ranch PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange & Steuben Counties PUMA, IN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,620
AVERAGE SALARY
± $286

In 2020, Production Occupations earned an average of $42,620, $13,334 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Construction & Extraction Occupations make somewhat more than Production Occupations while Office & Administrative Support Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Production Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.362
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Production Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.362, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Production Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Production Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Production Occupations.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Production Occupations, by average wage, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Petroleum refining, and Electric & gas, and other combinations.

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Industries by Share

8.53M
2020 Workforce
± 69,619
−1.59%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.17%

The number of people employed as Production Occupations has been declining at a rate of −1.59%, from 8,670,194 people in 2019 to 8,532,031 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Production Occupations employed by various industries. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing employs the largest share of Production Occupations at  7.94%, followed by Animal slaughtering & processing with 3.14% and Machinery manufacturing, n.e.c. or not specified with 2.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Production Occupations in the US. The average age of male Production Occupations in the workforce is 42.1 and of female Production Occupations is 43.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Production Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

6.08M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 59,306
2.45M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 38,088

71.3% of Production Occupations are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Production Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Production Occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

56.1% of Production Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.1% of Production Occupations, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Production Occupations.

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Age by Sex

42.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.137
43.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.218

The median age of Production Occupations is 42.4, and Male employees are generally 1.32 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Production Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Production Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Production Occupations hold a major in Mechanical Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Production Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Production Occupations need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Production Occupations need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

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