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Meter Reader Demographics in the US

The average employee age for meter readers is 44 years. The meter reader workforce reached a whopping 20,907 in 2020!

Among meter readers, we discovered that 20.9% of them are women, while 76.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among meter readers is White, which makes up 71.5% of all meter readers. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 9.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of meter readers are located in TX, Houston and MI, Detroit.

Meter Reader Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 20,907 meter readers currently employed in the United States.
  • 20.9% of all meter readers are women, while only 76.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed meter reader is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of meter readers is White (71.5%), followed by Black or African American (13.0%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.9%).
  • The majority of meter readers are located in TX, Houston and MI, Detroit.
  • Meter readers are most in-demand in Austin, TX.
  • Meter readers are paid an average annual salary of $46,273.
  • Redding, CA pays an annual average wage of $67,074, the highest in the US.
  • Meter readers average starting salary is $25,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid meter readers earn as much as $82,000 or more.
  • New York is the best state for meter readers to live.
  • Meter readers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Meter Reader Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among meter readers is White, which makes up 71.5% of all meter readers. Comparatively, there are 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 9.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 71.5%
  • Black or African American, 13.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.9%
  • Asian, 2.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.0%
  • Unknown, 1.0%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Meter Readers

The chart below shows that 83.5% of meter readers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 4.4% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 2.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 83.5%
  • French, 4.4%
  • Japanese, 2.2%
  • Carrier, 2.2%
  • Swedish, 1.1%
  • Other, 6.6%

Types of Meter Reader Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for meter readers. The most common degree for meter readers is high school diploma. In fact, 32% of meter readers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 15% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 15%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 32%
  • Associate degree, 15%
  • Bachelors degree, 15%
  • Diploma degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 31%

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Meter Reader Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ meter readers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most meter readers is the utilities industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire meter readers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Meter Reader Work In

Employees with the meter reader job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most meter readers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Top Industries Hiring Meter Readers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ meter readers. Those industries include utilities, government and energy.

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Utilities

Government

Energy

Fortune 500

Professional

Meter Reader Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as meter readers. Keep reading to find out what the results for meter readers were.

Meter Reader Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among meter readers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Meter Reader Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the meter reader position over time.

Male
Female
66%
63%
60%
58%
55%
52%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Meter Reader Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of meter readers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Meter Reader Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of meter readers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Meter Reader Stay in a Job

By looking over 5,966 meter readers resumes, we figured out that the average meter reader enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Meter Reader Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of meter reader employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of meter readers is 40+ years old, which represents 64% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Meter Reader Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, mail processing equipment mechanic and flight information expediter have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Cosmetician8%90%
Schedule Checker13%83%
Plant Clerk13%81%
Meter Reader76%21%
Centrifugal Operator88%5%
Flight Information Expediter90%7%
Mail Processing Equipment Mechanic92%7%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Mail Processing Equipment Mechanic
Flight Information Expediter
Centrifugal Operator
Meter Reader
Plant Clerk
Schedule Checker
Cosmetician
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Meter Readers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to meter readers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Meter Reader6.21%
Business Mail Entry Clerk8.24%
Sales And Receiving Associate10.44%
Yardmaster/Customer Service/Crew Dispatching11.35%
Production Clerk14.99%
Call Worker Person15.36%
Ocean Forwarder18.32%

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Meter Reader Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$44,758
female-income
Female Income
$44,306

Meter Reader Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$46,600
$45,835
$45,070
$44,305
$43,541
$42,776
$42,011
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Meter Reader Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Master's Degree$43,895
Some College/ Associate Degree$44,696
High School Diploma or Less$45,835
Bachelor's Degree$47,536

Meter Reader Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$49,074
$47,536
$45,998
$44,459
$42,921
$41,382
$39,844
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Meter Reader Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a meter reader can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of meter readers is $52,217. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Meter Readers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where meter readers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Meter Readers Located?

By looking through more than 5,966 resumes, we found that the most popular places for meter readers are TX, Houston and MI, Detroit.

Number of Meter Readers