Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers

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Total Workforce

818k

Average Age

43

Estimated Job Growth

-10.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$42,896

Average Male Salary

$47,821

Average Female Salary

$34,693

About

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are most often employed by the Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers was $42,896 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers by wage are Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Firstline supervisors of personal service workers, and Hazardous materials removal workers.

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are Talladega, Cherokee, Randolph, Cleburne & Clay Counties PUMA, AL, Oceanside City & Camp Pendleton PUMA, CA, and York (West) & Cumberland (West) Counties PUMA, ME. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are Talladega, Cherokee, Randolph, Cleburne & Clay Counties PUMA, AL, Troup, Meriwether & Heard Counties PUMA, GA, and Chilton, Tallapoosa, Chambers & Coosa Counties PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, by average wage, is Other schools & instruction and educational support services. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are paid most in Tracy, Manteca & Lathrop Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Talladega, Cherokee, Randolph, Cleburne & Clay Counties PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,896

AVERAGE SALARY

± $883

In 2017, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers earned an average of $42,896, $9,169 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Hazardous materials removal workers make somewhat more than Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers while Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.358

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.358, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers (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 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers.

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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 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, by number of employees, are Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Car Dealers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, by average wage, are Other schools & instruction and educational support services, Petroleum refining, and Oil & gas extraction.

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Industries by Share

818k

2017 Workforce

± 22,150

0.486%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.81%

The number of people employed as Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers has been growing at a rate of 0.486%, from 814,530 people in 2016 to 818,492 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers employed by various industries. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing employs the largest share of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers at  7.97%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 5.89% and Car Dealers with 4.88%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers in the US. The average age of male Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers in the workforce is 42.5 and of female Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers is 43.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers is White.

Gender Composition

511k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 17,527

307k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 13,591

62.5% of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

71.5% of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers.

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Age by Gender

42.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.48

43.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.595

The median age of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers is 43, and Male employees are generally 1.33 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers is Business but a relatively high number of Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers need many skills, but most especially Quality Control Analysis, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers need more than the average amount of Installation, Quality Control Analysis, and Operation and Control.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers are expected to see a growth of -10.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-10.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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