Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
187,640 1.5 % $15.15 $31,520 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.58 $11.49 $14.40 $17.95 $21.92
Annual Wage (2) $19,920 $23,910 $29,950 $37,330 $45,590


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 21,210 0.65 $12.15 $25,280
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,300 5.26 $15.52 $32,290
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 18,000 3.57 $15.31 $31,850
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,580 2.58 $14.10 $29,330
Forging and Stamping 13,240 13.49 $14.74 $30,670

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 13,240 13.49 $14.74 $30,670
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 3,870 9.29 $15.16 $31,530
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,200 5.48 $16.68 $34,680
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,300 5.26 $15.52 $32,290
Hardware Manufacturing 1,180 5.17 $15.20 $31,620

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 1,690 0.34 $21.38 $44,480
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 180 1.56 $18.79 $39,090
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.14 $18.59 $38,660
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 920 0.93 $18.36 $38,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $17.69 $36,800


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 17,030 3.32 2.35 $14.81 $30,800
Michigan 16,080 4.02 2.84 $16.57 $34,470
Texas 13,110 1.20 0.85 $13.62 $28,330
California 12,310 0.84 0.59 $14.78 $30,750
Illinois 11,240 1.97 1.39 $14.48 $30,120




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 16,080 4.02 2.84 $16.57 $34,470
Indiana 11,230 3.93 2.78 $14.69 $30,560
Ohio 17,030 3.32 2.35 $14.81 $30,800
Alabama 5,770 3.13 2.21 $13.87 $28,850
Wisconsin 8,280 3.06 2.16 $16.03 $33,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,750 0.97 0.69 $18.80 $39,110
Louisiana 1,020 0.54 0.38 $17.29 $35,950
South Carolina 2,290 1.25 0.89 $17.14 $35,650
Maryland 610 0.24 0.17 $16.74 $34,820
Wyoming 60 0.22 0.15 $16.71 $34,760





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 7,390 2.00 1.41 $14.16 $29,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,000 2.79 1.97 $15.58 $32,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,990 1.81 1.28 $13.77 $28,650
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,750 4.27 3.02 $16.49 $34,290
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 4,110 4.07 2.88 $15.28 $31,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,760 0.95 0.67 $13.51 $28,100
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,860 1.33 0.94 $13.51 $28,100
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,860 3.51 2.48 $16.39 $34,100
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 2,800 3.99 2.82 $23.03 $47,900
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,470 6.22 4.39 $13.46 $28,010




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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,440 12.57 8.88 $12.99 $27,020
Mansfield, OH 560 11.37 8.04 $11.60 $24,130
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 450 7.88 5.57 $18.06 $37,550
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 420 7.36 5.20 $14.40 $29,950
Wausau, WI 470 7.24 5.12 $16.00 $33,290
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,110 6.69 4.73 $14.71 $30,590
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,470 6.22 4.39 $13.46 $28,010
Erie, PA 720 5.72 4.04 $12.92 $26,870
Columbus, IN 270 5.69 4.02 $14.41 $29,980
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 1,130 5.19 3.67 $14.48 $30,110