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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


National estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,710 3.8 % $ 20.72 $ 43,100 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.47 $ 16.20 $ 19.90 $ 24.44 $ 29.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,020 $ 33,690 $ 41,380 $ 50,840 $ 61,710


Industry profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 8,010 2.33 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 3,920 0.87 $ 20.14 $ 41,900
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 2,580 0.36 $ 21.47 $ 44,660
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,270 0.27 $ 20.01 $ 41,610
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,090 0.65 $ 20.79 $ 43,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 8,010 2.33 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 3,920 0.87 $ 20.14 $ 41,900
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,090 0.65 $ 20.79 $ 43,240
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 590 0.64 $ 25.36 $ 52,740
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 320 0.58 $ 20.92 $ 43,520

Top paying industries for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 150 0.02 $ 27.65 $ 57,510
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 180 0.21 $ 25.92 $ 53,920
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 590 0.64 $ 25.36 $ 52,740
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.06 $ 24.62 $ 51,210
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $ 24.58 $ 51,130


Geographic profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,710 0.16 0.97 $ 22.38 $ 46,560
Michigan 2,600 0.66 3.88 $ 19.45 $ 40,460
Texas 2,530 0.21 1.22 $ 20.63 $ 42,920
Ohio 1,900 0.37 2.17 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
Illinois 1,560 0.28 1.62 $ 21.36 $ 44,430




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 2,600 0.66 3.88 $ 19.45 $ 40,460
Indiana 1,500 0.51 3.02 $ 19.67 $ 40,920
Oklahoma 600 0.39 2.26 $ 18.60 $ 38,680
Ohio 1,900 0.37 2.17 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
Maine 210 0.37 2.17 $ 21.37 $ 44,440




Top paying states for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 130 0.07 0.43 $ 25.00 $ 52,000
Massachusetts 510 0.15 0.90 $ 24.47 $ 50,900
New Hampshire 70 0.11 0.62 $ 23.90 $ 49,710
North Carolina 550 0.13 0.75 $ 23.59 $ 49,060
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $ 23.36 $ 48,600





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.51 3.01 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,270 0.22 1.28 $ 22.96 $ 47,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 960 0.22 1.29 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 940 0.53 3.09 $ 20.01 $ 41,620
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 830 0.85 4.99 $ 20.68 $ 43,010
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 660 0.07 0.44 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 480 0.13 0.79 $ 20.32 $ 42,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 450 0.30 1.76 $ 21.66 $ 45,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 410 0.15 0.89 $ 22.64 $ 47,090
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 390 0.38 2.23 $ 22.40 $ 46,580




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 110 1.96 11.49 $ 17.64 $ 36,690
Peoria, IL 290 1.86 10.94 $ 22.58 $ 46,960
Jackson, MI 90 1.83 10.73 $ 17.31 $ 36,000
Battle Creek, MI 60 1.20 7.06 $ 18.69 $ 38,880
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 60 1.20 7.04 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Mansfield, OH 50 1.09 6.40 $ 21.56 $ 44,850
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 830 0.85 4.99 $ 20.68 $ 43,010
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 130 0.79 4.64 $ 18.41 $ 38,280
Portland-South Portland, ME 140 0.70 4.09 $ 20.39 $ 42,420
Springfield, MA-CT 200 0.67 3.93 $ 25.12 $ 52,250




Top paying metropolitan areas for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.21 1.23 $ 33.64 $ 69,980
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 130 0.11 0.63 $ 26.81 $ 55,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 0.56 $ 26.51 $ 55,150
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 290 0.11 0.65 $ 25.53 $ 53,100
Springfield, MA-CT 200 0.67 3.93 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $ 24.81 $ 51,590
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 120 0.24 1.42 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 23.51 $ 48,900
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 260 0.25 1.49 $ 23.48 $ 48,850
Canton-Massillon, OH (8) (8) (8) $ 23.46 $ 48,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 480 2.39 14.05 $ 17.78 $ 36,990
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 7.38 $ 20.63 $ 42,920
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.05 6.18 $ 21.11 $ 43,910
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 4.79 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.38 2.25 $ 17.81 $ 37,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 480 2.39 14.05 $ 17.78 $ 36,990
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 7.38 $ 20.63 $ 42,920
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 6.30 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.05 6.18 $ 21.11 $ 43,910
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.02 5.96 $ 19.32 $ 40,180

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 1.46 $ 26.48 $ 55,090
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.13 0.79 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.33 $ 22.65 $ 47,100
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 4.79 $ 21.51 $ 44,740
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 2.90 $ 21.40 $ 44,510


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021