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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.


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)
19,560 3.9 % $19.16 $39,840 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.69 $15.00 $18.39 $22.69 $27.23
Annual Wage (2) $26,390 $31,210 $38,250 $47,200 $56,630


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)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,310 3.76 $17.89 $37,210
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,240 0.46 $18.16 $37,770
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,600 1.87 $21.70 $45,140
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,150 0.19 $17.62 $36,660
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 900 0.15 $18.31 $38,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,310 3.76 $17.89 $37,210
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,600 1.87 $21.70 $45,140
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 840 1.36 $20.63 $42,920
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 400 0.70 $19.67 $40,910
Foundries 660 0.55 $19.37 $40,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $27.60 $57,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 750 0.14 $25.57 $53,180
Ship and Boat Building 50 0.03 $25.39 $52,800
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 90 0.04 $22.62 $47,050
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,600 1.87 $21.70 $45,140


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)
Indiana 2,110 0.69 5.16 $19.49 $40,530
Ohio 1,810 0.33 2.50 $18.64 $38,760
Texas 1,790 0.14 1.08 $17.77 $36,960
Michigan 1,510 0.35 2.60 $18.36 $38,190
Pennsylvania 1,470 0.25 1.87 $20.21 $42,040




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)
Indiana 2,110 0.69 5.16 $19.49 $40,530
Michigan 1,510 0.35 2.60 $18.36 $38,190
Ohio 1,810 0.33 2.50 $18.64 $38,760
Kentucky 610 0.32 2.41 $19.18 $39,900
Oklahoma 420 0.26 1.97 $19.11 $39,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 100 0.03 0.23 $25.03 $52,070
Oregon 240 0.12 0.93 $23.55 $48,990
South Dakota 60 0.14 1.07 $21.64 $45,020
Connecticut 400 0.24 1.78 $21.62 $44,960
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.65 $21.35 $44,400





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,200 0.26 1.93 $18.65 $38,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 900 0.30 2.22 $16.41 $34,130
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 860 0.43 3.26 $17.90 $37,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 640 0.10 0.77 $21.74 $45,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 430 0.12 0.88 $18.64 $38,760
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 400 0.38 2.87 $15.54 $32,320
Pittsburgh, PA 390 0.34 2.56 $20.03 $41,660
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 330 0.30 2.28 $22.45 $46,700
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 320 0.38 2.83 $19.65 $40,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 320 0.03 0.25 $20.46 $42,550




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 130 2.58 19.37 $15.29 $31,800
Jackson, MI 90 1.60 12.05 $21.64 $45,010
Albany, OR 60 1.30 9.73 $24.21 $50,350
Morristown, TN 50 1.04 7.83 $19.07 $39,660
Rockford, IL 150 0.99 7.47 $17.36 $36,110
Reading, PA 180 0.98 7.38 $25.23 $52,490
Muskegon, MI 50 0.84 6.31 $19.97 $41,530
Battle Creek, MI 40 0.75 5.62 $17.00 $35,360
Johnstown, PA 40 0.74 5.54 $20.80 $43,260
Terre Haute, IN 50 0.73 5.52 $16.68 $34,690




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)
Florence, SC 30 0.35 2.65 $29.36 $61,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 70 0.04 0.27 $27.09 $56,350
Reading, PA 180 0.98 7.38 $25.23 $52,490
Albany, OR 60 1.30 9.73 $24.21 $50,350
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 160 0.13 0.99 $23.79 $49,480
Columbia, SC 50 0.14 1.02 $23.67 $49,230
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.26 1.94 $23.27 $48,390
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $23.12 $48,090
Lancaster, PA 50 0.18 1.37 $22.90 $47,640
Asheville, NC 60 0.28 2.09 $22.87 $47,560

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 Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.77 13.30 $15.99 $33,270
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.03 7.71 $20.54 $42,730
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 200 0.59 4.41 $18.74 $38,970
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 180 0.70 5.26 $18.41 $38,300
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 0.54 4.06 $20.27 $42,170

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)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.77 13.30 $15.99 $33,270
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.03 7.71 $20.54 $42,730
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.85 6.35 $18.59 $38,660
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 5.92 $20.49 $42,630
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.75 5.62 $21.08 $43,850

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)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 2.25 $22.56 $46,920
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.09 $45,960
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.07 $22.00 $45,770
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.39 $21.81 $45,370
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.75 5.62 $21.08 $43,850


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