Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
181,160 1.4 % $14.97 $31,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.51 $11.41 $14.29 $17.67 $21.56
Annual Wage (2) $19,770 $23,740 $29,720 $36,760 $44,850


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 17,820 0.60 $12.44 $25,880
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 17,190 5.29 $15.14 $31,500
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 16,050 3.66 $15.89 $33,060
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,910 2.73 $13.74 $28,580
Forging and Stamping 11,860 12.84 $14.84 $30,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Forging and Stamping 11,860 12.84 $14.84 $30,870
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 4,000 9.65 $14.38 $29,900
Hardware Manufacturing 1,480 6.32 $14.80 $30,790
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,310 6.02 $15.71 $32,670
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,000 5.45 $15.76 $32,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $27.01 $56,190
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,900 0.40 $20.15 $41,910
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 140 0.13 $18.73 $38,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $18.55 $38,570
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 920 0.97 $18.04 $37,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 14,900 2.99 2.12 $14.37 $29,900
Michigan 14,160 3.70 2.62 $15.94 $33,160
Illinois 12,820 2.30 1.63 $15.08 $31,360
California 12,720 0.91 0.64 $15.00 $31,190
Texas 12,030 1.17 0.83 $13.23 $27,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 10,780 3.91 2.77 $15.18 $31,580
Michigan 14,160 3.70 2.62 $15.94 $33,160
Ohio 14,900 2.99 2.12 $14.37 $29,900
Wisconsin 7,860 2.97 2.10 $16.04 $33,360
Alabama 5,040 2.79 1.97 $14.57 $30,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,250 0.83 0.58 $18.32 $38,100
Delaware 150 0.38 0.27 $16.77 $34,870
Maine 260 0.46 0.33 $16.66 $34,660
South Carolina 2,950 1.67 1.18 $16.65 $34,630
Louisiana 870 0.47 0.34 $16.56 $34,440





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,930 1.93 1.37 $15.43 $32,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,410 1.15 0.82 $14.59 $30,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,320 1.69 1.20 $13.23 $27,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,160 2.43 1.72 $16.28 $33,870
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,470 3.35 2.37 $14.32 $29,790
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 3,340 3.41 2.42 $14.95 $31,110
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,510 3.15 2.23 $16.02 $33,330
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,230 6.09 4.31 $15.38 $31,980
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 2,210 6.04 4.27 $13.24 $27,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,210 0.99 0.70 $14.43 $30,010




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mansfield, OH 710 13.95 9.88 (8) (8)
Muncie, IN 460 10.68 7.56 $15.06 $31,320
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,100 10.66 7.55 $14.04 $29,200
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 570 9.82 6.96 $15.43 $32,090
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 480 9.32 6.60 $17.79 $37,000
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 460 8.03 5.69 $16.31 $33,920
Wausau, WI 510 7.92 5.61 $17.46 $36,320
Cleveland, TN 250 6.82 4.83 $15.69 $32,640
Clarksville, TN-KY 490 6.22 4.41 $16.27 $33,830
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,230 6.09 4.31 $15.38 $31,980