Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 333

About the Machinery Manufacturing subsector

The machinery manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Machinery Manufacturing subsector create end products that apply mechanical force, for example, the application of gears and levers, to perform work. Some important processes for the manufacture of machinery are forging, stamping, bending, forming, and machining that are used to shape individual pieces of metal. Processes, such as welding and assembling are used to join separate parts together. Although these processes are similar to those used in metal fabricating establishments, machinery manufacturing is different because it typically employs multiple metal forming processes in manufacturing the various parts of the machine. Moreover, complex assembly operations are an inherent part of the production process.

North American Industry Classification System

The machinery manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3331
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3332
  • Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3333
  • Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3334
  • Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3335
  • Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3336
  • Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing: NAICS 3339

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in machinery manufacturing. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,080.5 1,084.6 (p)1,088.6 (p)1,092.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

692.4 694.3 (p)697.0 (p)700.1

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

3.4% 1.9% 2.4% 1.6%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

31,580

Engine and other machine assemblers

16,110

Machinists

79,680

Mechanical engineers

38,620

Team assemblers

116,510

Tool and die makers

20,510

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

59,330

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for machinery manufacturing.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in machinery manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$28.24 $28.55 (p)$28.34 (p)$28.37

Average weekly hours

41.4 41.5 (p)41.6 (p)41.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$22.09 $22.30 (p)$22.27 (p)$22.15

Average weekly hours

42.7 42.7 (p)42.7 (p)42.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

19.56 20.04 40,680 41,680

Engine and other machine assemblers

17.85 18.73 37,120 38,970

Machinists

20.51 20.91 42,660 43,500

Mechanical engineers

36.29 38.42 75,480 79,910

Team assemblers

15.80 16.47 32,860 34,260

Tool and die makers

23.11 23.24 48,060 48,340

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

18.67 19.26 38,830 40,060

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in machinery manufacturing. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

21 26 24 12

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2015

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.9

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Producer price index

(p)133.1 (p)133.0 (p)133.1 (p)133.2

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.2% (p)-0.1% (p)0.1% (p)0.1%

Import index

116.1 116.3 (r)116.1 116.4

Percent change from previous month

  0.1% 0.2% (r)-0.2% (r)0.3%

Export index

125.2 125.4 125.4 125.4

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in machinery manufacturing. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)29,855 (p)29,942 (p)30,020 (p)30,072

Local government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2013 2014 2015 2016

Labor productivity index, output per hour

105.156 103.704 99.544 98.870

Percent change from previous year

-3.2 -1.4 -4.0 -0.7

Labor index, total labor hours

93.290 96.167 93.328 90.562

Percent change from previous year

-0.7 3.1 -3.0 -3.0

Output index

98.100 99.729 92.903 89.539

Percent change from previous year

-3.9 1.7 -6.8 -3.6

Unit labor costs index

109.519 108.406 119.388 119.426

Percent change from previous year

5.3 -1.0 10.1 0.0

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 26, 2017