Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.


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)
19,650 3.5 % $17.75 $36,910 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.70 $13.16 $16.86 $21.68 $26.66
Annual Wage (2) $22,250 $27,370 $35,070 $45,080 $55,450


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)
Forging and Stamping 4,530 4.51 $18.26 $37,990
Plastics Product Manufacturing 3,130 0.57 $14.06 $29,250
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,710 0.48 $17.20 $35,770
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,510 0.40 $19.59 $40,750
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 720 0.19 $16.08 $33,440

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 4,530 4.51 $18.26 $37,990
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 590 1.37 $16.63 $34,590
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 330 0.87 $16.27 $33,850
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 470 0.75 $20.25 $42,120
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 640 0.71 $23.33 $48,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $24.18 $50,290
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 640 0.71 $23.33 $48,530
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 470 0.75 $20.25 $42,120
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 110 0.11 $19.95 $41,490
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,510 0.40 $19.59 $40,750


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 2,330 0.56 3.94 $14.53 $30,230
Texas 2,110 0.18 1.28 $16.49 $34,300
California 1,750 0.11 0.79 $17.99 $37,430
Ohio 1,540 0.29 2.05 $18.79 $39,080
Indiana 1,490 0.50 3.54 $16.72 $34,770



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)
Kentucky 1,370 0.75 5.25 $23.03 $47,900
Michigan 2,330 0.56 3.94 $14.53 $30,230
Indiana 1,490 0.50 3.54 $16.72 $34,770
Ohio 1,540 0.29 2.05 $18.79 $39,080
Pennsylvania 1,370 0.24 1.69 $20.20 $42,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 430 0.23 1.59 $23.55 $48,980
Kentucky 1,370 0.75 5.25 $23.03 $47,900
Maryland 130 0.05 0.35 $22.70 $47,220
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $21.13 $43,940
Illinois 910 0.16 1.09 $20.45 $42,550




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 1,170 1.00 7.01 $13.64 $28,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.20 1.41 $17.72 $36,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 820 0.28 1.96 $17.94 $37,310
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.42 2.92 $18.56 $38,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 430 0.12 0.85 $22.42 $46,620
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 400 0.39 2.77 $21.34 $44,390
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.38 2.65 $13.98 $29,080
Columbus, IN 350 7.10 49.85 $14.89 $30,970
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.40 2.83 $15.89 $33,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 0.88 $17.93 $37,290



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)
Columbus, IN 350 7.10 49.85 $14.89 $30,970
Bowling Green, KY 130 1.84 12.88 $19.69 $40,960
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 60 1.41 9.90 $19.81 $41,200
Rockford, IL 160 1.08 7.56 $23.56 $49,000
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.00 7.01 $13.64 $28,370
Erie, PA 110 0.89 6.27 $22.85 $47,520
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.42 2.92 $18.56 $38,600
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.40 2.83 $15.89 $33,060
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 400 0.39 2.77 $21.34 $44,390
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.38 2.65 $13.98 $29,080



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)
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.12 0.85 $28.42 $59,120
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.52 $26.93 $56,020
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $25.79 $53,630
Rockford, IL 160 1.08 7.56 $23.56 $49,000
Erie, PA 110 0.89 6.27 $22.85 $47,520
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 430 0.12 0.85 $22.42 $46,620
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.21 1.47 $21.96 $45,670
Tulsa, OK 80 0.18 1.28 $21.94 $45,630
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.52 $21.92 $45,590
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 400 0.39 2.77 $21.34 $44,390

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 270 1.26 8.84 $19.20 $39,950
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.49 10.43 $18.02 $37,470
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 240 0.73 5.13 $18.42 $38,310
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 7.45 $15.50 $32,240
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 160 0.59 4.16 $15.53 $32,300

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)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.49 10.43 $18.02 $37,470
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.26 8.84 $19.20 $39,950
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 200 1.06 7.45 $15.50 $32,240
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.78 5.47 $23.18 $48,220
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 240 0.73 5.13 $18.42 $38,310

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.78 5.47 $23.18 $48,220
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.26 8.84 $19.20 $39,950
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 3.40 $19.11 $39,740
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 240 0.73 5.13 $18.42 $38,310
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.49 10.43 $18.02 $37,470


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