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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.


National estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
59,490 2.5 % $ 19.48 $ 40,520 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.04 $ 15.34 $ 18.15 $ 22.76 $ 27.10
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,190 $ 31,900 $ 37,750 $ 47,330 $ 56,360


Industry profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 27,530 4.71 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 5,050 9.12 $ 22.81 $ 47,440
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,340 6.06 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Employment Services 3,190 0.09 $ 14.32 $ 29,780
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 3,130 2.26 $ 19.78 $ 41,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 5,050 9.12 $ 22.81 $ 47,440
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,340 6.06 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 2,570 4.88 $ 19.85 $ 41,290
Plastics Product Manufacturing 27,530 4.71 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 3,130 2.26 $ 19.78 $ 41,140

Top paying industries for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 270 0.34 $ 27.14 $ 56,450
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 100 0.02 $ 25.80 $ 53,650
Chemical Manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only) 30 0.02 $ 25.60 $ 53,240
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 120 0.14 $ 25.23 $ 52,480
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) (8) (8) $ 24.18 $ 50,300


Geographic profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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



Map of employment of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 4,390 0.84 2.00 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Pennsylvania 4,210 0.75 1.79 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Indiana 3,990 1.34 3.16 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Texas 2,850 0.23 0.55 $ 19.09 $ 39,710
Wisconsin 2,780 1.01 2.39 $ 19.59 $ 40,740


Map of location quotient of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 3,990 1.34 3.16 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Rhode Island 570 1.25 2.95 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
Kentucky 2,150 1.17 2.77 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Arkansas 1,250 1.05 2.48 $ 18.88 $ 39,280
South Carolina 2,130 1.03 2.43 $ 22.54 $ 46,880


Map of annual mean wages of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 570 1.25 2.95 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
South Carolina 2,130 1.03 2.43 $ 22.54 $ 46,880
Illinois 2,190 0.39 0.92 $ 22.01 $ 45,770
Minnesota 1,800 0.66 1.56 $ 21.11 $ 43,920
New Hampshire 520 0.83 1.96 $ 21.02 $ 43,720



Map of employment of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Extruding and Drawing Machine 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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,570 0.61 1.43 $ 21.48 $ 44,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,540 0.36 0.86 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,290 0.15 0.35 $ 20.55 $ 42,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,230 0.22 0.51 $ 19.01 $ 39,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,210 0.95 2.25 $ 21.93 $ 45,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,080 0.59 1.40 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,010 0.39 0.92 $ 17.71 $ 36,840
Worcester, MA-CT 980 3.64 8.63 $ 16.45 $ 34,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 870 0.24 0.57 $ 20.67 $ 43,000
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 830 0.68 1.62 $ 22.00 $ 45,760


Map of location quotient of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine 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)
Leominster-Gardner, MA 230 4.68 11.09 $ 17.35 $ 36,090
Terre Haute, IN 280 4.51 10.69 $ 20.66 $ 42,970
Reading, PA 680 4.19 9.93 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Worcester, MA-CT 980 3.64 8.63 $ 16.45 $ 34,220
Fort Wayne, IN 740 3.56 8.44 $ 20.64 $ 42,930
Appleton, WI 380 3.19 7.55 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 730 3.07 7.27 $ 20.02 $ 41,640
Joplin, MO 220 2.92 6.91 $ 18.39 $ 38,260
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 350 2.60 6.15 $ 17.12 $ 35,610
Utica-Rome, NY 300 2.60 6.15 $ 19.79 $ 41,150


Map of annual mean wages of extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Extruding and Drawing Machine 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)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 190 0.56 1.33 $ 26.06 $ 54,200
Spartanburg, SC 210 1.34 3.18 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Albany, OR 60 1.39 3.30 $ 24.34 $ 50,620
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 650 1.22 2.89 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Appleton, WI 380 3.19 7.55 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Pittsburgh, PA 480 0.46 1.09 $ 22.46 $ 46,710
Lancaster, PA 250 1.05 2.48 $ 22.36 $ 46,510
Cedar Rapids, IA 160 1.21 2.86 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.20 $ 22.18 $ 46,120
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 670 1.72 4.07 $ 22.13 $ 46,030

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine 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 Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 670 2.13 5.04 $ 20.03 $ 41,650
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 600 2.50 5.91 $ 19.23 $ 40,010
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 580 3.21 7.60 $ 17.55 $ 36,510
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 560 3.25 7.70 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 530 2.57 6.09 $ 19.48 $ 40,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine 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)
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 7.04 16.68 $ 21.88 $ 45,510
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 290 4.53 10.72 $ 20.63 $ 42,910
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 560 3.25 7.70 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 580 3.21 7.60 $ 17.55 $ 36,510
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 180 3.05 7.23 $ 20.49 $ 42,620

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Extruding and Drawing Machine 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)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.71 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 0.88 $ 23.61 $ 49,100
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 560 3.25 7.70 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 350 1.65 3.90 $ 22.83 $ 47,490
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 7.04 16.68 $ 21.88 $ 45,510


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022