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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
195,040 1.4 % $17.94 $37,310 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.98 $13.96 $17.12 $21.23 $25.73
Annual Wage (2) $24,920 $29,030 $35,610 $44,150 $53,520


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)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 29,950 6.18 $17.19 $35,750
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 28,830 4.78 $19.14 $39,810
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 26,710 5.44 $18.28 $38,030
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,100 2.37 $16.85 $35,040
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 10,560 1.40 $17.86 $37,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 4,790 7.95 $17.26 $35,900
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 29,950 6.18 $17.19 $35,750
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,400 5.88 $18.42 $38,320
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 26,710 5.44 $18.28 $38,030
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 28,830 4.78 $19.14 $39,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3,970 1.69 $26.92 $55,990
Building Equipment Contractors 180 0.01 $21.17 $44,040
Ship and Boat Building 190 0.14 $20.69 $43,030
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 110 0.02 $20.32 $42,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,890 0.36 $20.05 $41,700


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)
Michigan 23,170 5.33 4.02 $19.09 $39,720
Ohio 17,480 3.21 2.42 $17.70 $36,820
Indiana 16,050 5.22 3.93 $16.93 $35,210
Texas 14,970 1.20 0.91 $15.88 $33,030
California 11,800 0.68 0.51 $18.36 $38,190




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)
Michigan 23,170 5.33 4.02 $19.09 $39,720
Indiana 16,050 5.22 3.93 $16.93 $35,210
Wisconsin 10,600 3.69 2.78 $19.56 $40,690
Kentucky 6,170 3.25 2.45 $19.67 $40,900
Ohio 17,480 3.21 2.42 $17.70 $36,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,900 0.57 0.43 $21.68 $45,100
Minnesota 5,400 1.87 1.41 $20.74 $43,130
Virginia 1,890 0.49 0.37 $20.12 $41,850
Wyoming 90 0.31 0.24 $20.09 $41,790
Kentucky 6,170 3.25 2.45 $19.67 $40,900





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 10,500 5.30 3.99 $21.45 $44,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,710 1.65 1.24 $17.47 $36,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,800 0.93 0.70 $17.84 $37,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,220 1.71 1.29 $16.29 $33,890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,490 1.23 0.92 $15.91 $33,090
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,140 7.29 5.49 $16.40 $34,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,100 0.42 0.32 $17.82 $37,070
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,890 3.72 2.80 $19.63 $40,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,870 1.96 1.48 $21.50 $44,720
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,860 2.70 2.04 $17.14 $35,660