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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
24,340 5.7 % $18.17 $37,790 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.44 $13.37 $16.75 $21.84 $27.72
Annual Wage (2) $23,790 $27,800 $34,830 $45,420 $57,660


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 8,000 0.22 $16.50 $34,320
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,810 0.31 $14.90 $30,990
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 1,450 0.30 $20.22 $42,050
Household Appliance Manufacturing 1,450 2.41 $19.56 $40,690
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 940 0.16 $17.26 $35,910

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 1,450 2.41 $19.56 $40,690
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 530 0.62 $19.93 $41,450
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 350 0.56 $23.07 $47,990
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 200 0.33 $15.96 $33,190
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 180 0.31 $19.64 $40,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 190 0.04 $29.23 $60,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 720 0.04 $27.68 $57,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $24.52 $51,000
Building Equipment Contractors 40 (7) $23.66 $49,220
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 350 0.56 $23.07 $47,990


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)
Tennessee 2,880 0.96 5.77 $17.12 $35,610
Michigan 2,250 0.52 3.13 $15.78 $32,810
California 2,090 0.12 0.73 $18.83 $39,170
Texas 1,740 0.14 0.84 $19.35 $40,240
Ohio 1,430 0.26 1.59 $17.55 $36,500




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)
Tennessee 2,880 0.96 5.77 $17.12 $35,610
New Hampshire 440 0.66 3.98 $17.25 $35,880
Michigan 2,250 0.52 3.13 $15.78 $32,810
Oregon 760 0.40 2.41 $18.58 $38,640
North Dakota 140 0.34 2.06 $17.16 $35,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 140 0.09 0.53 $24.64 $51,250
Georgia (8) (8) (8) $22.93 $47,690
Minnesota 720 0.25 1.51 $22.19 $46,160
Utah 70 0.04 0.26 $21.97 $45,700
Virginia 380 0.10 0.59 $21.08 $43,850





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)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 930 0.93 5.62 $19.32 $40,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 660 0.14 0.85 $17.08 $35,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.10 0.62 $17.69 $36,790
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.17 1.05 $19.45 $40,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 620 0.31 1.90 $23.07 $47,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 580 0.48 2.90 $17.97 $37,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 460 0.16 0.97 $17.57 $36,550
Knoxville, TN 450 1.17 7.08 $14.54 $30,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 320 0.03 0.20 $19.26 $40,050
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 320 0.16 0.97 $17.68 $36,770




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 160 3.57 21.52 $14.26 $29,660
St. Joseph, MO-KS 90 1.62 9.75 $14.53 $30,210
Knoxville, TN 450 1.17 7.08 $14.54 $30,250
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 930 0.93 5.62 $19.32 $40,190
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 190 0.92 5.56 (8) (8)
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 50 0.90 5.41 (8) (8)
Missoula, MT 40 0.66 3.96 $14.58 $30,330
Lexington-Fayette, KY 160 0.59 3.55 (8) (8)
York-Hanover, PA 100 0.56 3.38 $17.51 $36,420
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.55 3.31 $22.83 $47,480




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)
Oklahoma City, OK 120 0.19 1.17 $25.00 $52,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.10 0.60 $23.56 $49,010
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.06 0.39 $23.08 $48,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 620 0.31 1.90 $23.07 $47,980
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 90 0.12 0.74 $22.99 $47,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 290 0.14 0.86 $22.98 $47,810
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.55 3.31 $22.83 $47,480
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 140 0.10 0.61 $22.22 $46,220
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 90 0.35 2.14 $21.31 $44,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.29 $44,290

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 330 2.99 18.06 $15.60 $32,450
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.42 8.55 $14.90 $30,990
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 170 1.62 9.79 $15.69 $32,640
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 3.27 $21.56 $44,830
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 2.65 $15.95 $33,170

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 330 2.99 18.06 $15.60 $32,450
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 170 1.62 9.79 $15.69 $32,640
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.42 8.55 $14.90 $30,990
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 4.92 $21.43 $44,560
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 3.27 $21.56 $44,830

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 3.27 $21.56 $44,830
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 4.92 $21.43 $44,560
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.44 $36,270
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $17.40 $36,180
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 1.46 $17.33 $36,050


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020