Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.


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)
72,390 2.4 % $16.62 $34,580 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.37 $12.67 $15.92 $19.88 $23.74
Annual Wage (2) $21,580 $26,350 $33,120 $41,350 $49,380


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)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 31,470 5.70 $15.72 $32,690
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 5,360 8.68 $17.56 $36,530
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 5,080 3.92 $17.12 $35,600
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,940 6.54 $17.84 $37,120
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,240 5.51 $16.20 $33,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 5,360 8.68 $17.56 $36,530
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,940 6.54 $17.84 $37,120
Plastics Product Manufacturing 31,470 5.70 $15.72 $32,690
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,240 5.51 $16.20 $33,690
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 5,080 3.92 $17.12 $35,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 360 0.25 $22.34 $46,470
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 390 0.08 $22.16 $46,090
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $20.63 $42,920
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,050 1.16 $19.85 $41,290
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 480 0.48 $19.64 $40,840


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)
Pennsylvania 5,700 1.00 1.90 $17.35 $36,090
Ohio 5,690 1.08 2.05 $16.45 $34,210
Texas 5,290 0.46 0.87 $14.88 $30,950
Indiana 5,240 1.78 3.39 $16.27 $33,850
North Carolina 4,070 0.99 1.88 $17.03 $35,420



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 5,240 1.78 3.39 $16.27 $33,850
Kentucky 2,060 1.12 2.14 $18.20 $37,850
Ohio 5,690 1.08 2.05 $16.45 $34,210
South Carolina 2,030 1.05 2.00 $22.93 $47,690
Alabama 1,980 1.05 2.01 $15.93 $33,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 2,030 1.05 2.00 $22.93 $47,690
Washington 1,040 0.35 0.66 $19.52 $40,600
Connecticut 1,240 0.74 1.42 $18.88 $39,270
West Virginia 340 0.49 0.93 $18.86 $39,230
Oklahoma 710 0.44 0.85 $18.57 $38,630




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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.46 0.87 $17.03 $35,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.69 1.32 $14.54 $30,240
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,530 1.50 2.85 $16.89 $35,130
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.23 0.44 $14.59 $30,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.35 0.66 $16.99 $35,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,370 0.55 1.05 $17.24 $35,870
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,300 1.17 2.23 $18.05 $37,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,090 0.37 0.71 $15.78 $32,820
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 1,090 2.82 5.38 $23.56 $49,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,020 0.54 1.03 $18.10 $37,650



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)
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 340 6.68 12.73 $18.11 $37,660
Terre Haute, IN 320 4.78 9.11 $19.54 $40,640
Leominster-Gardner, MA 230 4.55 8.67 $16.69 $34,710
Janesville-Beloit, WI 250 4.05 7.72 $14.08 $29,290
Waterbury, CT 260 3.84 7.31 $19.75 $41,070
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 480 3.76 7.17 $15.51 $32,270
Fort Wayne, IN 780 3.73 7.10 $17.19 $35,740
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 530 3.64 6.94 $19.84 $41,260
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 450 3.62 6.90 $15.44 $32,110
Lebanon, PA 160 3.35 6.38 $14.51 $30,190



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 120 0.37 0.70 $33.60 $69,890
Decatur, AL 50 0.89 1.69 $33.40 $69,470
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 1,090 2.82 5.38 $23.56 $49,010
Winchester, VA-WV 170 3.10 5.91 $23.38 $48,620
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.23 0.44 $22.49 $46,780
Lexington-Fayette, KY 440 1.66 3.17 $22.08 $45,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 520 0.34 0.65 $21.37 $44,440
Florence, SC 240 2.92 5.57 $21.08 $43,860
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.59 $42,820
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 290 0.16 0.31 $20.52 $42,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 4.00 7.63 $16.25 $33,790
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 790 2.39 4.56 $15.92 $33,110
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 750 4.67 8.90 $16.17 $33,630
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 710 3.71 7.07 $17.86 $37,150
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 650 2.58 4.92 $17.65 $36,720

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 750 4.67 8.90 $16.17 $33,630
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 4.00 7.63 $16.25 $33,790
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 710 3.71 7.07 $17.86 $37,150
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 230 3.68 7.00 $14.69 $30,550
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 350 2.73 5.20 $14.14 $29,410

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 1.44 2.74 $21.54 $44,790
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 1.12 $21.42 $44,550
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.66 1.25 $21.11 $43,910
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.27 2.43 $19.10 $39,730
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 0.83 $18.83 $39,170


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016