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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
11,500 4.2 % $ 21.35 $ 44,410 1.0 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.35 $ 17.67 $ 21.40 $ 23.65 $ 29.03
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,840 $ 36,750 $ 44,520 $ 49,190 $ 60,390


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

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) 3,390 0.76 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,580 0.64 (8) (8)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,290 0.40 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 900 0.17 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Plastics Product Manufacturing 810 0.14 $ 16.04 $ 33,370

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) 3,390 0.76 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,580 0.64 (8) (8)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 430 0.54 $ 24.00 $ 49,910
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,290 0.40 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 900 0.17 $ 24.08 $ 50,080

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) 330 0.02 $ 28.26 $ 58,780
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 50 0.10 $ 24.48 $ 50,910
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 900 0.17 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 430 0.54 $ 24.00 $ 49,910
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,290 0.40 $ 22.90 $ 47,630


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

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.



Map of employment of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


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)
South Carolina 1,250 0.60 7.40 (8) (8)
Ohio 1,130 0.22 2.67 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
California 920 0.06 0.68 $ 22.56 $ 46,920
Tennessee 760 0.26 3.13 $ 18.57 $ 38,620
Michigan 740 0.18 2.23 $ 22.14 $ 46,050


Map of location quotient of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


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 1,250 0.60 7.40 (8) (8)
Kentucky 520 0.28 3.49 $ 24.54 $ 51,030
Tennessee 760 0.26 3.13 $ 18.57 $ 38,620
Indiana 740 0.25 3.03 $ 24.70 $ 51,380
Ohio 1,130 0.22 2.67 $ 19.89 $ 41,370


Map of annual mean wages of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


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 180 0.02 0.25 $ 26.28 $ 54,660
Indiana 740 0.25 3.03 $ 24.70 $ 51,380
Kentucky 520 0.28 3.49 $ 24.54 $ 51,030
Pennsylvania 630 0.11 1.37 $ 23.52 $ 48,910
Wisconsin 170 0.06 0.76 $ 23.42 $ 48,710



Map of employment of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


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 650 0.11 1.39 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 550 0.31 3.76 $ 22.58 $ 46,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.11 1.29 $ 21.56 $ 44,840
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 270 0.28 3.46 $ 21.53 $ 44,790
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 250 0.03 0.36 $ 22.75 $ 47,320
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 220 0.08 1.02 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 200 0.14 1.66 $ 22.50 $ 46,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 0.81 $ 21.43 $ 44,570
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 150 0.24 2.94 $ 19.30 $ 40,150
Columbus, OH 120 0.12 1.47 $ 18.73 $ 38,960


Map of location quotient of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


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)
Columbus, IN 70 1.48 18.12 $ 19.05 $ 39,620
Canton-Massillon, OH 70 0.45 5.50 $ 19.32 $ 40,190
Erie, PA 40 0.38 4.64 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 550 0.31 3.76 $ 22.58 $ 46,960
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 270 0.28 3.46 $ 21.53 $ 44,790
Chattanooga, TN-GA 60 0.26 3.23 $ 18.75 $ 38,990
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 150 0.24 2.94 $ 19.30 $ 40,150
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 40 0.22 2.65 $ 22.20 $ 46,170
Wichita, KS 50 0.18 2.27 (8) (8)
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 50 0.16 2.02 $ 17.52 $ 36,440


Map of annual mean wages of forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 60 0.02 0.30 $ 28.11 $ 58,480
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 220 0.08 1.02 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Erie, PA 40 0.38 4.64 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 250 0.03 0.36 $ 22.75 $ 47,320
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 550 0.31 3.76 $ 22.58 $ 46,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 200 0.14 1.66 $ 22.50 $ 46,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.11 1.39 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 0.06 0.74 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 30 0.05 0.65 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 40 0.22 2.65 $ 22.20 $ 46,170

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)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 2.01 24.61 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 6.10 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 5.90 $ 22.18 $ 46,140
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 3.45 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 3.66 $ 24.09 $ 50,110

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)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 2.01 24.61 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 6.10 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 5.90 $ 22.18 $ 46,140
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 4.16 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 3.66 $ 24.09 $ 50,110

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 60 0.30 3.66 $ 24.09 $ 50,110
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 5.90 $ 22.18 $ 46,140
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.78 $ 21.52 $ 44,770
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 6.10 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 4.16 $ 20.20 $ 42,020


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