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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-4199 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.


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)
25,470 5.7 % $18.34 $38,140 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.08 $13.37 $17.27 $22.41 $27.86
Annual Wage (2) $23,040 $27,810 $35,920 $46,620 $57,950


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)
Employment Services 7,350 0.20 $17.25 $35,890
Household Appliance Manufacturing 1,790 2.86 $19.08 $39,680
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 1,760 0.24 $19.59 $40,750
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 1,690 0.36 $18.19 $37,840
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,660 0.28 $20.15 $41,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Household Appliance Manufacturing 1,790 2.86 $19.08 $39,680
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 750 0.91 $20.17 $41,960
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 420 0.70 $20.96 $43,590
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 300 0.54 $19.28 $40,100
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 1,690 0.36 $18.19 $37,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 710 0.04 $27.29 $56,770
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $26.33 $54,760
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $23.70 $49,300
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $23.55 $48,980
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 180 0.10 $21.85 $45,450


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)
Iowa 1,850 1.20 6.83 $19.27 $40,090
California 1,840 0.11 0.62 $20.73 $43,120
Texas 1,680 0.14 0.79 $19.51 $40,590
Ohio 1,140 0.21 1.20 $16.97 $35,290
Oregon 940 0.50 2.85 $17.62 $36,650




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)
Iowa 1,850 1.20 6.83 $19.27 $40,090
New Hampshire 370 0.56 3.19 $17.69 $36,800
Oregon 940 0.50 2.85 $17.62 $36,650
Alabama 700 0.36 2.04 $19.27 $40,080
Missouri 820 0.29 1.66 $13.62 $28,330




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 40 0.07 0.37 $25.49 $53,020
Georgia 110 0.03 0.14 $23.92 $49,760
Montana (8) (8) (8) $23.87 $49,640
Minnesota 670 0.24 1.34 $21.28 $44,260
New York 290 0.03 0.18 $20.76 $43,180





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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,090 0.55 3.13 $22.06 $45,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 680 0.57 3.25 $17.12 $35,610
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 560 0.12 0.68 $18.56 $38,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.27 1.54 $21.94 $45,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 520 0.05 0.31 $18.48 $38,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 510 0.08 0.47 $19.84 $41,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 500 0.17 0.96 $19.96 $41,510
Knoxville, TN 450 1.18 6.68 $13.89 $28,880
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 400 0.14 0.79 $18.06 $37,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 380 0.19 1.05 $19.45 $40,450




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)
Morristown, TN 190 4.25 24.15 $13.00 $27,030
St. Joseph, MO-KS 110 1.99 11.33 $14.12 $29,360
Muskegon, MI 100 1.50 8.51 $20.76 $43,190
Knoxville, TN 450 1.18 6.68 $13.89 $28,880
Evansville, IN-KY 100 0.67 3.80 $14.16 $29,450
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 130 0.61 3.47 (8) (8)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 680 0.57 3.25 $17.12 $35,610
Fargo, ND-MN 80 0.55 3.11 $16.92 $35,200
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,090 0.55 3.13 $22.06 $45,880
York-Hanover, PA 100 0.54 3.06 $18.67 $38,830




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 100 0.54 3.07 $26.20 $54,490
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.83 $53,730
Urban Honolulu, HI 40 0.09 0.49 $25.61 $53,270
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $25.57 $53,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.01 0.08 $24.41 $50,770
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 100 0.13 0.76 $22.16 $46,090
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,090 0.55 3.13 $22.06 $45,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.27 1.54 $21.94 $45,620
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 170 0.13 0.72 $21.17 $44,040
Lancaster, PA 50 0.20 1.11 $21.09 $43,860

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 1.21 6.85 $17.22 $35,810
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 220 2.02 11.46 $14.46 $30,080
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.39 7.92 $15.01 $31,210
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 120 1.20 6.82 $15.84 $32,950
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 2.15 $15.31 $31,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 220 2.02 11.46 $14.46 $30,080
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.39 7.92 $15.01 $31,210
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 1.21 6.85 $17.22 $35,810
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 120 1.20 6.82 $15.84 $32,950
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 2.48 $14.27 $29,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 1.21 6.85 $17.22 $35,810
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $16.74 $34,810
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.07 $16.26 $33,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.54 $16.07 $33,420
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 120 1.20 6.82 $15.84 $32,950


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019