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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.


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

National estimates for Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

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

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,730 4.9 % $ 20.90 $ 43,480 1.6 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.55 $ 16.25 $ 19.92 $ 25.20 $ 30.07
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,180 $ 33,790 $ 41,430 $ 52,420 $ 62,550


Industry profile for Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,090 0.91 $ 20.35 $ 42,330
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,480 0.43 $ 22.11 $ 45,980
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,470 0.26 $ 17.37 $ 36,120
Employment Services 700 0.02 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 670 0.14 $ 24.12 $ 50,160

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,090 0.91 $ 20.35 $ 42,330
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,480 0.43 $ 22.11 $ 45,980
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,470 0.26 $ 17.37 $ 36,120
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 140 0.24 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 110 0.20 $ 20.17 $ 41,950

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 350 0.02 $ 28.11 $ 58,460
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 50 0.03 $ 27.31 $ 56,800
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 670 0.14 $ 24.12 $ 50,160
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 140 0.03 $ 22.59 $ 46,990
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 140 0.24 $ 22.57 $ 46,950


Geographic profile for Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Forging 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)
California 1,390 0.08 0.86 $ 21.57 $ 44,860
Ohio 1,140 0.22 2.26 $ 20.59 $ 42,830
South Carolina 1,140 0.56 5.72 (8) (8)
Tennessee 930 0.32 3.24 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Pennsylvania 890 0.16 1.63 $ 22.09 $ 45,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forging 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)
South Carolina 1,140 0.56 5.72 (8) (8)
Kentucky 680 0.38 3.86 $ 23.16 $ 48,160
Tennessee 930 0.32 3.24 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Mississippi 290 0.27 2.76 $ 16.00 $ 33,270
Indiana 670 0.23 2.34 $ 23.78 $ 49,450




Top paying states for Forging 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)
New York 210 0.02 0.25 $ 24.06 $ 50,050
Indiana 670 0.23 2.34 $ 23.78 $ 49,450
Oregon 130 0.07 0.73 $ 23.69 $ 49,270
Wisconsin 390 0.14 1.44 $ 23.27 $ 48,390
Kentucky 680 0.38 3.86 $ 23.16 $ 48,160





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Forging 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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 840 0.14 1.46 $ 21.58 $ 44,890
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 480 0.27 2.74 $ 20.81 $ 43,290
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 440 0.44 4.49 $ 22.01 $ 45,790
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 370 0.14 1.40 $ 22.79 $ 47,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 330 0.04 0.38 $ 23.07 $ 47,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 1.05 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 270 0.28 2.81 $ 19.79 $ 41,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 260 0.06 0.61 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 240 0.30 3.01 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
Pittsburgh, PA 190 0.18 1.79 $ 20.20 $ 42,020




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forging 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)
Jackson, TN 160 2.55 25.79 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Columbus, IN 60 1.34 13.57 $ 18.31 $ 38,080
Jackson, MI 40 0.87 8.79 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 90 0.60 6.11 $ 19.10 $ 39,730
Springfield, MA-CT 180 0.60 6.06 $ 17.76 $ 36,940
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 440 0.44 4.49 $ 22.01 $ 45,790
Rockford, IL 40 0.31 3.13 $ 22.85 $ 47,530
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 240 0.30 3.01 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 270 0.28 2.81 $ 19.79 $ 41,160
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 480 0.27 2.74 $ 20.81 $ 43,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for Forging 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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 120 0.08 0.83 $ 25.71 $ 53,480
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 240 0.30 3.01 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 0.60 $ 23.52 $ 48,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 330 0.04 0.38 $ 23.07 $ 47,980
Rockford, IL 40 0.31 3.13 $ 22.85 $ 47,530
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 370 0.14 1.40 $ 22.79 $ 47,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 1.01 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 260 0.06 0.61 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 440 0.44 4.49 $ 22.01 $ 45,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 840 0.14 1.46 $ 21.58 $ 44,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Forging 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) 120 0.40 4.02 $ 18.22 $ 37,900
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 4.81 $ 13.88 $ 28,880
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.34 3.40 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 6.30 $ 20.02 $ 41,640
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 3.49 $ 23.58 $ 49,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forging 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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 6.30 $ 20.02 $ 41,640
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 4.81 $ 13.88 $ 28,880
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 4.62 $ 21.87 $ 45,480
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 120 0.40 4.02 $ 18.22 $ 37,900
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 3.64 $ 20.68 $ 43,020

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Forging 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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 3.49 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.46 4.62 $ 21.87 $ 45,480
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.34 3.40 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 3.64 $ 20.68 $ 43,020


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