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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
179,300 1.6 % $ 18.58 $ 38,650 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.69 $ 14.63 $ 17.78 $ 21.94 $ 26.26
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,400 $ 30,440 $ 36,980 $ 45,630 $ 54,630


Industry profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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) 28,060 6.21 $ 17.82 $ 37,060
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 25,350 5.36 $ 18.76 $ 39,020
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 24,260 5.10 $ 19.70 $ 40,970
Plastics Product Manufacturing 12,730 2.27 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 11,080 1.54 $ 18.73 $ 38,960

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 5,000 8.98 $ 18.27 $ 37,990
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 28,060 6.21 $ 17.82 $ 37,060
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 25,350 5.36 $ 18.76 $ 39,020
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 2,830 5.15 $ 18.93 $ 39,380
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 24,260 5.10 $ 19.70 $ 40,970

Top paying industries for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3,850 1.78 $ 27.31 $ 56,800
Ship and Boat Building 230 0.17 $ 21.83 $ 45,410
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 70 0.01 $ 21.36 $ 44,420
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,660 1.99 $ 20.62 $ 42,900
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,970 0.37 $ 20.52 $ 42,690


Geographic profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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





States with the highest employment level in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Michigan 18,740 4.77 3.70 $ 20.08 $ 41,760
Texas 15,580 1.29 1.00 $ 16.86 $ 35,070
Ohio 14,860 2.89 2.24 $ 18.33 $ 38,120
Indiana 13,800 4.73 3.67 $ 18.03 $ 37,500
California 12,190 0.74 0.58 $ 19.06 $ 39,650




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Michigan 18,740 4.77 3.70 $ 20.08 $ 41,760
Indiana 13,800 4.73 3.67 $ 18.03 $ 37,500
Wisconsin 10,200 3.76 2.92 $ 20.04 $ 41,690
Kentucky 6,500 3.64 2.83 $ 20.17 $ 41,950
Alabama 5,570 2.93 2.27 $ 17.52 $ 36,440




Top paying states for Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Washington 1,970 0.62 0.48 $ 22.40 $ 46,590
North Dakota 160 0.40 0.31 $ 20.79 $ 43,250
Montana 190 0.42 0.33 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
South Carolina 3,640 1.80 1.40 $ 20.31 $ 42,250
Minnesota 4,770 1.76 1.37 $ 20.31 $ 42,240





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 8,580 4.82 3.74 $ 22.15 $ 46,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,100 1.63 1.26 $ 18.11 $ 37,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,770 0.99 0.77 $ 18.66 $ 38,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,620 1.89 1.47 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,220 1.45 1.13 $ 16.78 $ 34,910
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,620 0.41 0.32 $ 18.35 $ 38,160
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,610 6.99 5.42 $ 17.71 $ 36,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,450 1.87 1.45 $ 20.82 $ 43,300
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,900 2.95 2.29 $ 20.30 $ 42,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,720 1.03 0.80 $ 18.01 $ 37,460




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,950 15.48 12.01 $ 17.71 $ 36,830
Spartanburg, SC 1,780 11.49 8.91 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Columbus, IN 460 9.81 7.61 $ 17.64 $ 36,690
Evansville, IN-KY 1,380 9.42 7.31 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Wausau, WI 520 7.66 5.94 $ 19.10 $ 39,730
Mansfield, OH 350 7.62 5.91 $ 16.25 $ 33,800
Monroe, MI 260 7.51 5.83 $ 20.40 $ 42,430
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 670 7.34 5.69 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Decatur, AL 390 7.23 5.61 $ 17.57 $ 36,540
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,610 6.99 5.42 $ 17.71 $ 36,850




Top paying metropolitan areas for Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 670 7.34 5.69 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Rome, GA 120 3.21 2.49 $ 23.84 $ 49,580
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 120 3.50 2.72 $ 23.62 $ 49,140
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,230 0.63 0.49 $ 23.49 $ 48,860
Mobile, AL 330 1.95 1.51 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,680 4.36 3.39 $ 23.36 $ 48,580
Spartanburg, SC 1,780 11.49 8.91 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Champaign-Urbana, IL (8) (8) (8) $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Sheboygan, WI 160 2.75 2.13 $ 22.60 $ 47,010
Bellingham, WA 70 0.88 0.69 $ 22.38 $ 46,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 2,440 12.06 9.36 $ 17.94 $ 37,320
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,030 8.49 6.59 $ 18.17 $ 37,790
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,630 6.61 5.13 $ 16.44 $ 34,190
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 1,600 5.13 3.98 $ 17.21 $ 35,800
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,560 8.67 6.72 $ 18.85 $ 39,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 2,440 12.06 9.36 $ 17.94 $ 37,320
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,560 8.67 6.72 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,030 8.49 6.59 $ 18.17 $ 37,790
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 730 6.94 5.38 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 430 6.67 5.17 $ 17.92 $ 37,280

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cutting, Punching, and Press 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 1,250 6.41 4.97 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.95 0.73 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.65 $ 42,960
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.06 0.82 $ 20.11 $ 41,840
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 2.16 1.68 $ 19.97 $ 41,540


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