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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Workers who primarily program or operate CNC equipment are classified in “Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators and Programmers” (51-9160).


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)
78,850 2.9 % $15.47 $32,180 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.30 $12.23 $14.90 $18.16 $22.06
Annual Wage (2) $21,430 $25,440 $30,990 $37,780 $45,880


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)
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 35,830 15.40 $15.10 $31,410
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 16,630 4.70 $15.78 $32,820
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 10,230 12.46 $16.26 $33,820
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 6,410 7.02 $15.61 $32,470
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,170 0.74 $16.02 $33,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 35,830 15.40 $15.10 $31,410
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 10,230 12.46 $16.26 $33,820
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 6,410 7.02 $15.61 $32,470
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 16,630 4.70 $15.78 $32,820
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,170 0.74 $16.02 $33,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 130 0.05 $21.41 $44,540
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 210 0.23 $20.08 $41,760
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 140 0.05 $18.22 $37,890
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 120 0.02 $17.97 $37,370
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $17.25 $35,880


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)
North Carolina 6,660 1.49 2.78 $14.74 $30,650
Wisconsin 5,630 1.96 3.66 $15.57 $32,390
California 4,280 0.25 0.46 $16.37 $34,040
Texas 4,150 0.33 0.62 $12.69 $26,380
Indiana 4,090 1.33 2.48 $15.73 $32,730




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)
Wisconsin 5,630 1.96 3.66 $15.57 $32,390
South Dakota 750 1.76 3.27 $14.62 $30,400
Iowa 2,550 1.64 3.06 $18.31 $38,080
Mississippi 1,740 1.55 2.88 $14.92 $31,040
North Carolina 6,660 1.49 2.78 $14.74 $30,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 310 0.19 0.35 $20.64 $42,930
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.18 $19.56 $40,690
Wyoming 50 0.20 0.37 $18.58 $38,640
Iowa 2,550 1.64 3.06 $18.31 $38,080
Oregon 2,270 1.19 2.22 $18.26 $37,990





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,880 0.69 1.28 $14.99 $31,170
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,430 0.39 0.73 $13.15 $27,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,340 0.14 0.26 $16.88 $35,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,170 0.19 0.35 $16.54 $34,400
Winston-Salem, NC 1,120 4.16 7.74 $13.27 $27,600
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,020 0.82 1.53 $13.26 $27,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,010 0.47 0.88 $14.30 $29,740
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 920 5.97 11.11 $16.46 $34,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 890 0.44 0.82 $15.49 $32,210
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 860 1.52 2.84 $16.88 $35,120




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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 920 5.97 11.11 $16.46 $34,240
Wausau, WI 390 5.53 10.30 $17.13 $35,630
Winston-Salem, NC 1,120 4.16 7.74 $13.27 $27,600
Rapid City, SD 260 3.96 7.38 $14.93 $31,050
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 530 3.90 7.27 $15.62 $32,490
Albany, OR 140 3.17 5.91 $20.10 $41,810
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 160 3.13 5.83 $19.12 $39,760
Rome, GA 100 2.76 5.13 $13.40 $27,880
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 210 2.76 5.14 $15.62 $32,490
Longview, WA 100 2.61 4.85 $20.64 $42,930