Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
182,570 1.6 % $14.95 $31,090 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.52 $11.40 $14.27 $17.70 $21.60
Annual Wage (2) $19,810 $23,710 $29,690 $36,820 $44,930


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 18,510 0.59 $12.04 $25,050
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 17,060 5.02 $15.18 $31,580
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 16,690 3.52 $15.31 $31,840
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,090 2.75 $13.82 $28,750
Forging and Stamping 12,440 12.78 $14.78 $30,730

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 12,440 12.78 $14.78 $30,730
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 4,390 10.62 $14.91 $31,010
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,310 5.68 $16.06 $33,410
Hardware Manufacturing 1,200 5.44 $14.60 $30,370
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,060 5.37 $15.53 $32,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,820 0.37 $20.73 $43,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $19.91 $41,410
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $19.36 $40,270
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 720 0.71 $19.34 $40,230
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 90 0.08 $18.92 $39,350


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 16,160 3.20 2.28 $14.67 $30,520
Michigan 14,270 3.64 2.60 $15.65 $32,550
California 12,720 0.89 0.63 $14.72 $30,620
Illinois 12,360 2.19 1.56 $14.56 $30,280
Texas 11,730 1.11 0.79 $13.33 $27,720




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 11,270 4.01 2.86 $14.97 $31,130
Michigan 14,270 3.64 2.60 $15.65 $32,550
Ohio 16,160 3.20 2.28 $14.67 $30,520
Wisconsin 7,780 2.91 2.08 $16.16 $33,610
Alabama 5,200 2.85 2.03 $14.08 $29,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,280 0.83 0.59 $18.65 $38,800
Delaware 180 0.44 0.32 $17.02 $35,410
South Carolina 2,680 1.49 1.06 $16.80 $34,940
Virginia 2,200 0.61 0.44 $16.61 $34,550
Louisiana 880 0.47 0.34 $16.53 $34,380





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 7,090 1.95 1.39 $14.90 $31,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,800 1.82 1.30 $13.84 $28,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,610 2.63 1.88 $16.07 $33,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,250 1.10 0.78 $13.85 $28,800
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 4,070 4.09 2.92 $15.51 $32,250
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,740 3.49 2.49 $14.51 $30,170
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,660 3.31 2.36 $16.17 $33,640
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,260 5.86 4.18 $12.97 $26,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,200 1.05 0.75 $12.98 $27,010
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 2,110 3.03 2.16 $20.87 $43,410




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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,370 12.60 8.99 $13.36 $27,780
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 580 10.21 7.29 $16.98 $35,310
Mansfield, OH 450 8.99 6.42 $12.71 $26,430
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 490 8.58 6.12 $16.79 $34,920
Wausau, WI 540 8.39 5.99 $17.44 $36,270
Pine Bluff, AR 240 6.87 4.90 $14.25 $29,640
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,060 6.50 4.64 $14.51 $30,180
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,260 5.86 4.18 $12.97 $26,970
Danville, IL 150 5.73 4.09 $16.55 $34,430
Cleveland, TN 200 5.29 3.78 $14.62 $30,410