Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
190,250 1.5 % $15.59 $32,430 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.83 $11.87 $14.75 $18.35 $22.66
Annual Wage (2) $20,440 $24,690 $30,680 $38,180 $47,130


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 21,020 0.61 $12.49 $25,970
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,910 5.31 $15.87 $33,010
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 17,820 3.34 $15.60 $32,440
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,370 2.67 $14.37 $29,890
Forging and Stamping 13,620 13.86 $15.15 $31,520

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 13,620 13.86 $15.15 $31,520
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 3,550 8.26 $15.41 $32,060
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,400 5.74 $16.44 $34,200
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,910 5.31 $15.87 $33,010
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,050 5.27 $16.00 $33,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 4,890 2.58 $23.37 $48,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $19.47 $40,500
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,800 0.37 $19.07 $39,660
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,910 0.49 $18.69 $38,880
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,610 1.77 $18.44 $38,360


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 17,300 3.33 2.36 $15.63 $32,510
Michigan 16,780 4.12 2.92 $16.45 $34,230
Texas 13,870 1.24 0.88 $14.73 $30,640
California 12,660 0.84 0.59 $15.35 $31,930
Indiana 11,440 3.94 2.80 $14.19 $29,520



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 16,780 4.12 2.92 $16.45 $34,230
Indiana 11,440 3.94 2.80 $14.19 $29,520
Kentucky 6,420 3.55 2.52 $17.91 $37,250
Ohio 17,300 3.33 2.36 $15.63 $32,510
Wisconsin 7,920 2.90 2.06 $16.38 $34,070



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 2,150 1.15 0.82 $18.69 $38,870
Washington 2,520 0.87 0.62 $18.38 $38,230
Kentucky 6,420 3.55 2.52 $17.91 $37,250
Louisiana 1,370 0.72 0.51 $17.85 $37,120
Wyoming 80 0.27 0.19 $17.65 $36,710




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 7,910 2.11 1.50 $14.54 $30,250
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,800 5.07 3.60 $15.78 $32,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,810 2.64 1.87 $15.28 $31,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,720 1.66 1.18 $14.58 $30,320
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 4,240 4.18 2.97 $15.47 $32,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,890 0.96 0.68 $13.40 $27,880
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 3,390 5.45 3.87 $21.15 $43,990
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 3,280 4.57 3.24 $22.14 $46,050
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,110 3.78 2.69 $16.52 $34,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,900 1.30 0.92 $14.02 $29,150



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 1,360 11.34 8.05 $12.66 $26,340
Terre Haute, IN 670 10.04 7.13 $13.20 $27,460
Mansfield, OH 480 9.65 6.85 $14.08 $29,280
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 490 8.52 6.05 $14.05 $29,230
Auburn-Opelika, AL 440 8.52 6.05 $9.03 $18,780
Columbus, IN 310 6.45 4.58 $14.64 $30,440
Erie, PA 810 6.43 4.57 $13.58 $28,240
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,020 6.14 4.36 $15.80 $32,870
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 3,390 5.45 3.87 $21.15 $43,990
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 330 5.43 3.85 $16.03 $33,350