Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 333

About the Machinery Manufacturing subsector

The machinery manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Machinery Manufacturing subsector create end products that apply mechanical force, for example, the application of gears and levers, to perform work. Some important processes for the manufacture of machinery are forging, stamping, bending, forming, and machining that are used to shape individual pieces of metal. Processes, such as welding and assembling are used to join separate parts together. Although these processes are similar to those used in metal fabricating establishments, machinery manufacturing is different because it typically employs multiple metal forming processes in manufacturing the various parts of the machine. Moreover, complex assembly operations are an inherent part of the production process.

North American Industry Classification System

The machinery manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3331
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3332
  • Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3333
  • Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3334
  • Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3335
  • Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3336
  • Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3339

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in machinery manufacturing. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,099.1 1,096.3 (P) 1,091.0 (P) 1,089.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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701.5 700.4 (P) 696.2 (P) 697.5

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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4.3% 3.5% 3.2% 2.9%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

30,580

Engine and other machine assemblers

17,850

Machinists

79,770

Mechanical engineers

40,890

Team assemblers

116,890

Tool and die makers

20,190

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

61,700

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for machinery manufacturing.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in machinery manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$27.51 $27.44 (P) $27.46 (P) $27.52

Average weekly hours

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40.9 40.8 (P) 40.8 (P) 40.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$21.67 $21.60 (P) $21.67 (P) $21.73

Average weekly hours

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41.7 41.5 (P) 41.7 (P) 42.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

19.15 19.68 39,840 40,930

Engine and other machine assemblers

18.01 18.61 37,460 38,710

Machinists

19.87 20.30 41,330 42,230

Mechanical engineers

36.93 38.79 76,810 80,690

Team assemblers

15.47 16.00 32,190 33,280

Tool and die makers

22.46 22.69 46,710 47,190

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

18.13 18.72 37,710 38,930

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in machinery manufacturing. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

23 21 26 24

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2014

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

3.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.9

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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Producer price index

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(P) 131.8 (P) 131.9 (P) 132.1 (P) 132.1

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.0% (P) 0.1% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.0%

Import index

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117.2 (R) 117.0 (R) 116.6 116.7

Percent change from previous month

  -0.4% (R) -0.2% (R) -0.3% (R) 0.1%

Export index

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125.4 125.5 125.8 126.7

Percent change from previous month

  0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 0.7%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in machinery manufacturing. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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29,761 (P) 29,799 (P) 29,882 (P) 30,035

Local government

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1 (P) 1 (P) 1 (P) 1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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110.203 106.481 103.573 105.040

Percent change from previous year

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3.7 -3.4 -2.7 1.4

Labor index, total labor hours

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93.916 93.290 96.167 93.326

Percent change from previous year

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3.6 -0.7 3.1 -3.0

Output index

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103.498 99.335 99.603 98.030

Percent change from previous year

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7.5 -4.0 0.3 -1.6

Unit labor costs index

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102.530 108.157 108.331 111.934

Percent change from previous year

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2.6 5.5 0.2 3.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See machinery manufacturing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: May 20, 2016