Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.


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)
76,430 2.7 % $23.31 $48,490 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.16 $18.84 $22.60 $28.12 $33.44
Annual Wage (2) $31,530 $39,180 $47,000 $58,490 $69,550


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)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 18,610 10.63 $21.75 $45,230
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 12,780 2.70 $25.29 $52,610
Forging and Stamping 5,170 5.31 $23.96 $49,830
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,320 0.84 $22.46 $46,710
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 4,200 1.18 $21.61 $44,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 18,610 10.63 $21.75 $45,230
Forging and Stamping 5,170 5.31 $23.96 $49,830
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 1,120 2.85 $20.13 $41,880
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 12,780 2.70 $25.29 $52,610
Hardware Manufacturing 510 2.32 $22.88 $47,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 350 0.06 $31.10 $64,690
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.03 $31.07 $64,630
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.03 $30.99 $64,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $29.69 $61,760
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,160 1.28 $29.09 $60,500


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)
Michigan 12,920 3.30 5.62 $24.60 $51,160
Ohio 10,000 1.98 3.37 $23.03 $47,900
Indiana 5,270 1.88 3.20 $22.50 $46,800
Illinois 5,060 0.90 1.53 $23.95 $49,820
Pennsylvania 3,920 0.70 1.19 $21.76 $45,260




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)
Michigan 12,920 3.30 5.62 $24.60 $51,160
Ohio 10,000 1.98 3.37 $23.03 $47,900
Indiana 5,270 1.88 3.20 $22.50 $46,800
Wisconsin 3,740 1.40 2.39 $23.53 $48,940
Connecticut 1,890 1.17 1.99 $26.08 $54,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,480 0.54 0.91 $29.12 $60,560
New Mexico 50 0.06 0.11 $26.82 $55,790
Connecticut 1,890 1.17 1.99 $26.08 $54,250
Kansas 920 0.70 1.19 $26.03 $54,140
Colorado 280 0.13 0.22 $25.10 $52,210





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,310 4.02 6.84 $24.97 $51,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,260 0.90 1.53 $24.67 $51,310
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 2,790 2.80 4.78 $26.32 $54,750
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,570 6.69 11.40 $23.23 $48,320
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,680 2.08 3.55 $24.97 $51,930
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,490 2.14 3.65 $29.37 $61,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.85 1.45 $30.00 $62,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,140 0.65 1.11 $25.10 $52,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.26 0.44 $23.50 $48,870
St. Louis, MO-IL 940 0.74 1.26 $27.37 $56,920




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)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,570 6.69 11.40 $23.23 $48,320
Kokomo, IN 260 6.60 11.25 $27.30 $56,780
Waterbury, CT 330 5.28 9.00 $26.34 $54,780
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 530 5.14 8.76 $23.80 $49,510
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 520 4.81 8.20 $20.88 $43,430
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 260 4.58 7.80 $18.79 $39,070
Jackson, MI 240 4.57 7.79 $21.09 $43,860
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,310 4.02 6.84 $24.97 $51,930
Columbus, IN 170 3.63 6.18 $19.17 $39,870
Danville, IL 80 3.16 5.38 $21.70 $45,140