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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


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)
28,070 3.5 % $20.19 $41,990 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.97 $15.61 $19.28 $23.86 $29.05
Annual Wage (2) $26,980 $32,480 $40,100 $49,630 $60,420


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)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 9,370 2.56 $19.71 $41,000
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,520 0.93 $19.20 $39,930
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 2,960 0.39 $20.52 $42,680
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,840 0.31 $19.33 $40,200
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,450 0.28 $25.34 $52,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 9,370 2.56 $19.71 $41,000
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,520 0.93 $19.20 $39,930
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 440 0.76 $19.90 $41,400
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 720 0.74 $22.96 $47,760
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,120 0.62 $20.05 $41,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.01 $25.84 $53,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,450 0.28 $25.34 $52,700
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.06 $24.36 $50,670
Foundries 130 0.11 $23.45 $48,780
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 400 0.47 $22.99 $47,810


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 3,350 0.77 4.04 $19.29 $40,130
California 3,060 0.18 0.92 $21.52 $44,760
Texas 2,620 0.21 1.10 $19.16 $39,850
Ohio 2,290 0.42 2.20 $20.29 $42,210
Indiana 2,040 0.66 3.47 $20.02 $41,640




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 3,350 0.77 4.04 $19.29 $40,130
Indiana 2,040 0.66 3.47 $20.02 $41,640
Maine 290 0.47 2.47 $18.24 $37,940
New Hampshire 280 0.43 2.23 $19.36 $40,270
Ohio 2,290 0.42 2.20 $20.29 $42,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 150 0.08 0.41 $24.99 $51,990
Massachusetts 640 0.18 0.92 $24.72 $51,420
Connecticut 590 0.35 1.84 $24.46 $50,880
South Carolina 200 0.09 0.49 $24.08 $50,090
North Carolina 690 0.15 0.81 $23.46 $48,790





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,650 0.27 1.39 $21.72 $45,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,490 0.32 1.66 $21.00 $43,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,430 0.47 2.44 $18.51 $38,510
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,130 0.57 2.98 $19.92 $41,420
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 890 0.85 4.43 $20.36 $42,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 790 0.08 0.43 $20.79 $43,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 640 0.18 0.92 $20.27 $42,170
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 450 0.16 0.84 $24.72 $51,420
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 430 0.15 0.78 $22.00 $45,760
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 360 0.34 1.78 $26.27 $54,640




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)
Columbus, IN 330 6.36 33.28 $16.55 $34,430
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 1.96 10.23 $17.26 $35,910
Mansfield, OH 90 1.81 9.47 $18.88 $39,270
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 60 1.10 5.75 $17.96 $37,350
St. Cloud, MN 90 0.86 4.51 $19.95 $41,490
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 890 0.85 4.43 $20.36 $42,350
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 40 0.83 4.36 $18.31 $38,090
Fort Wayne, IN 180 0.83 4.32 $19.50 $40,560
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 110 0.79 4.14 $18.91 $39,340
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 140 0.76 3.96 $17.80 $37,030




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.20 1.06 $35.04 $72,890
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $33.80 $70,300
New Haven, CT 60 0.21 1.07 $31.79 $66,130
Columbia, SC (8) (8) (8) $27.09 $56,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.09 0.49 $26.56 $55,240
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 360 0.34 1.78 $26.27 $54,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 110 0.04 0.22 $25.86 $53,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 450 0.16 0.84 $24.72 $51,420
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 190 0.15 0.81 $24.65 $51,280
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC (8) (8) (8) $24.04 $49,990

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 570 2.62 13.72 $17.02 $35,410
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.24 6.48 $16.96 $35,290
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.43 7.49 $21.11 $43,920
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.00 5.24 $21.54 $44,810
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 160 1.42 7.42 $20.84 $43,340

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 570 2.62 13.72 $17.02 $35,410
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.43 7.49 $21.11 $43,920
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 160 1.42 7.42 $20.84 $43,340
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.24 6.48 $16.96 $35,290
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.00 5.24 $21.54 $44,810

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.47 $46,750
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.42 $46,630
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.96 $21.80 $45,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.84 $21.69 $45,100
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.00 5.24 $21.54 $44,810


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.

(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: July 6, 2020