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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-4193 Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend plating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Typically, the product being coated is immersed in molten metal or an electrolytic solution. Excludes “Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-9124).


National estimates for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,310 2.2 % $ 18.55 $ 38,580 0.6 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.86 $ 14.48 $ 17.89 $ 22.00 $ 23.77
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,820 $ 30,120 $ 37,200 $ 45,760 $ 49,440


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

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 19,730 15.95 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,870 0.52 $ 18.74 $ 38,970
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 1,350 0.30 $ 17.95 $ 37,330
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,040 0.19 $ 17.42 $ 36,240
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 810 0.17 $ 30.23 $ 62,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 19,730 15.95 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 400 0.75 $ 18.42 $ 38,300
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 290 0.52 $ 19.02 $ 39,550
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,870 0.52 $ 18.74 $ 38,970
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 200 0.36 $ 20.56 $ 42,770

Top paying industries for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 810 0.17 $ 30.23 $ 62,870
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 380 0.02 $ 27.75 $ 57,720
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 150 0.04 $ 23.52 $ 48,920
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.07 $ 23.08 $ 48,010
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 230 0.26 $ 22.90 $ 47,640


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

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



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


States with the highest employment level in Plating 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)
California 5,250 0.32 1.39 $ 20.39 $ 42,410
Michigan 2,140 0.53 2.30 $ 16.66 $ 34,650
Ohio 2,040 0.39 1.71 $ 17.86 $ 37,140
Illinois 1,790 0.32 1.39 $ 18.03 $ 37,490
Texas 1,760 0.14 0.63 $ 17.73 $ 36,870


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


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plating 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)
Rhode Island 350 0.76 3.32 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Nebraska 630 0.66 2.87 $ 18.09 $ 37,630
Wisconsin 1,730 0.63 2.75 $ 17.58 $ 36,560
Utah 870 0.56 2.43 $ 19.27 $ 40,090
Indiana 1,590 0.53 2.33 $ 16.81 $ 34,960


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


Top paying states for Plating 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)
West Virginia 210 0.32 1.41 $ 24.93 $ 51,860
Georgia 630 0.15 0.63 $ 23.93 $ 49,770
Colorado 240 0.09 0.40 $ 22.05 $ 45,870
Washington 380 0.12 0.52 $ 21.80 $ 45,340
Oklahoma 390 0.25 1.09 $ 20.73 $ 43,120



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


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Plating 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 2,730 0.48 2.08 $ 20.10 $ 41,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,530 0.36 1.58 $ 18.36 $ 38,200
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,080 0.60 2.62 $ 16.65 $ 34,640
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 870 0.10 0.44 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 760 0.42 1.82 $ 19.55 $ 40,670
Salt Lake City, UT 700 0.95 4.13 $ 18.74 $ 38,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 700 0.65 2.85 $ 22.14 $ 46,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 560 0.26 1.15 $ 18.65 $ 38,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 550 0.19 0.82 $ 17.60 $ 36,610
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 530 0.55 2.38 $ 17.12 $ 35,600


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


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plating 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)
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 140 3.96 17.27 $ 27.65 $ 57,520
Monroe, MI 70 2.00 8.71 $ 19.32 $ 40,190
Lincoln, NE 310 1.80 7.86 $ 18.49 $ 38,450
Sheboygan, WI 100 1.75 7.65 $ 18.24 $ 37,940
Waterbury, CT 100 1.52 6.61 $ 16.44 $ 34,200
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 60 1.49 6.49 $ 19.35 $ 40,250
Johnstown, PA 60 1.32 5.74 (8) (8)
Rockford, IL 160 1.22 5.33 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
Jackson, MI 60 1.18 5.13 $ 16.38 $ 34,070
Wausau, WI 80 1.12 4.90 $ 16.77 $ 34,890


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Plating 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)
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 140 3.96 17.27 $ 27.65 $ 57,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 0.47 $ 26.99 $ 56,150
Reading, PA 130 0.79 3.46 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.28 1.23 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 80 0.31 1.33 $ 24.33 $ 50,600
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.24 1.03 $ 23.53 $ 48,950
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.08 0.33 $ 23.00 $ 47,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 490 0.22 0.96 $ 22.51 $ 46,820
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 0.27 $ 22.41 $ 46,620
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 700 0.65 2.85 $ 22.14 $ 46,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Plating 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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.47 6.40 $ 16.41 $ 34,130
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 220 0.92 4.02 $ 17.34 $ 36,060
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 210 1.59 6.95 $ 14.74 $ 30,660
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.00 4.37 $ 17.69 $ 36,790
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 1.17 5.09 $ 16.92 $ 35,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Plating 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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 210 1.59 6.95 $ 14.74 $ 30,660
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.47 6.40 $ 16.41 $ 34,130
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 1.17 5.09 $ 16.92 $ 35,190
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.00 4.37 $ 17.69 $ 36,790
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 220 0.92 4.02 $ 17.34 $ 36,060

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Plating 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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.79 3.43 $ 21.59 $ 44,910
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 2.34 $ 21.51 $ 44,750
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.17 $ 20.30 $ 42,220
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 2.26 $ 20.10 $ 41,810
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.50 $ 19.25 $ 40,040


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