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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material. Excludes “Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic” (51-4031), “Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-6062), and “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-7040).


National estimates for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Industry profile for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Geographic profile for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

National estimates for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
55,930 1.6 % $ 19.23 $ 40,010 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.94 $ 15.05 $ 18.18 $ 22.73 $ 23.90
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,990 $ 31,310 $ 37,810 $ 47,280 $ 49,710


Industry profile for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 12,030 3.01 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 9,940 3.81 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 4,890 0.94 $ 18.98 $ 39,480
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,340 1.18 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,880 0.49 $ 17.27 $ 35,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 9,940 3.81 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 12,030 3.01 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
Rubber Product Manufacturing 2,790 2.18 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,660 1.90 $ 23.31 $ 48,490
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 50 1.60 $ 14.88 $ 30,960

Top paying industries for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.07 $ 24.39 $ 50,720
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $ 24.09 $ 50,120
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 120 0.02 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Tobacco Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,660 1.90 $ 23.31 $ 48,490


Geographic profile for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

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



Map of employment of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,080 0.25 0.62 $ 20.10 $ 41,800
North Carolina 3,640 0.82 2.07 $ 17.71 $ 36,830
Texas 2,760 0.23 0.57 $ 17.91 $ 37,240
Nebraska 2,660 2.77 6.98 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
Wisconsin 2,600 0.94 2.38 $ 20.14 $ 41,890


Map of location quotient of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 2,660 2.77 6.98 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
South Dakota 870 2.08 5.23 $ 19.79 $ 41,160
Wisconsin 2,600 0.94 2.38 $ 20.14 $ 41,890
Vermont 260 0.93 2.34 $ 17.77 $ 36,970
Mississippi 1,010 0.92 2.31 $ 17.28 $ 35,930


Map of annual mean wages of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,700 0.62 1.56 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
New Hampshire 210 0.32 0.81 $ 21.87 $ 45,490
Montana 230 0.48 1.22 $ 21.65 $ 45,040
Nebraska 2,660 2.77 6.98 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
Colorado 1,130 0.43 1.09 $ 20.97 $ 43,630



Map of employment of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,100 0.24 0.61 $ 19.93 $ 41,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,620 0.28 0.71 $ 19.40 $ 40,360
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,280 2.75 6.94 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,090 0.26 0.65 $ 21.24 $ 44,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,000 0.38 0.95 $ 19.90 $ 41,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 980 0.27 0.69 $ 18.70 $ 38,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 890 0.34 0.86 $ 18.05 $ 37,540
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 850 0.70 1.76 $ 17.86 $ 37,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.43 1.08 $ 22.27 $ 46,320
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 690 0.47 1.19 $ 20.59 $ 42,830


Map of location quotient of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 660 4.52 11.38 $ 17.93 $ 37,280
Harrisonburg, VA 200 3.31 8.34 $ 14.09 $ 29,310
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 190 3.27 8.24 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Wausau, WI 190 2.81 7.07 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,280 2.75 6.94 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 230 2.51 6.32 $ 21.38 $ 44,480
Gettysburg, PA 80 2.50 6.30 $ 21.10 $ 43,880
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 290 2.17 5.47 $ 19.62 $ 40,820
Walla Walla, WA 50 1.97 4.97 $ 18.70 $ 38,890
Dalton, GA 120 1.96 4.95 $ 13.79 $ 28,670


Map of annual mean wages of cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bowling Green, KY 80 1.10 2.77 $ 24.03 $ 49,980
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 90 0.51 1.29 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.47 1.17 $ 23.25 $ 48,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 340 0.15 0.39 $ 22.67 $ 47,150
Billings, MT 50 0.64 1.61 $ 22.64 $ 47,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.17 0.43 $ 22.59 $ 46,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 780 0.43 1.08 $ 22.27 $ 46,320
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 90 0.70 1.77 $ 22.14 $ 46,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 210 0.07 0.18 $ 22.03 $ 45,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 590 0.31 0.78 $ 21.96 $ 45,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 660 5.24 13.20 $ 20.23 $ 42,070
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 620 2.81 7.07 $ 17.26 $ 35,900
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 440 2.10 5.28 $ 20.44 $ 42,500
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.11 2.80 $ 17.18 $ 35,720
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 330 1.92 4.83 $ 17.68 $ 36,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 660 5.24 13.20 $ 20.23 $ 42,070
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 200 2.91 7.32 $ 15.71 $ 32,680
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 620 2.81 7.07 $ 17.26 $ 35,900
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 2.39 6.02 $ 17.64 $ 36,690
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 440 2.10 5.28 $ 20.44 $ 42,500

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 0.73 $ 29.30 $ 60,940
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.79 $ 25.25 $ 52,510
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.88 2.22 $ 22.40 $ 46,590
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.75 1.90 $ 21.89 $ 45,540
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.83 2.10 $ 21.51 $ 44,740


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