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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
188,520 1.6 % $16.72 $34,770 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.73 $12.84 $15.90 $19.54 $24.36
Annual Wage (2) $22,310 $26,710 $33,060 $40,640 $50,670


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) 28,160 6.07 $16.57 $34,460
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 23,980 5.23 $17.22 $35,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,320 3.62 $16.91 $35,170
Employment Services 14,970 0.42 $13.60 $28,280
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,390 2.51 $15.61 $32,460

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 4,250 7.47 $17.16 $35,690
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,490 6.43 $17.54 $36,480
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 28,160 6.07 $16.57 $34,460
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 23,980 5.23 $17.22 $35,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,320 3.62 $16.91 $35,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 40 0.01 $20.41 $42,460
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $20.32 $42,270
Ship and Boat Building 170 0.12 $19.98 $41,550
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,130 0.45 $19.67 $40,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $19.63 $40,820


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 20,000 4.68 3.54 $17.59 $36,580
Ohio 17,380 3.24 2.45 $16.07 $33,430
California 13,610 0.82 0.62 $16.89 $35,120
Indiana 12,950 4.29 3.25 $15.70 $32,650
Texas 12,310 1.04 0.78 $15.67 $32,590




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 20,000 4.68 3.54 $17.59 $36,580
Indiana 12,950 4.29 3.25 $15.70 $32,650
Wisconsin 9,920 3.51 2.65 $17.93 $37,290
Ohio 17,380 3.24 2.45 $16.07 $33,430
Alabama 6,090 3.17 2.40 $15.38 $31,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,950 0.61 0.46 $21.04 $43,770
Maryland 550 0.21 0.16 $19.74 $41,060
Massachusetts 2,690 0.76 0.58 $19.38 $40,300
Oregon 1,210 0.66 0.50 $19.20 $39,930
Kentucky 5,410 2.88 2.18 $18.67 $38,820



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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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,660 1.55 1.17 $17.49 $36,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,430 2.81 2.13 $18.14 $37,740
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,430 4.41 3.33 $20.21 $42,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,610 1.04 0.79 $16.45 $34,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,130 1.41 1.07 $16.10 $33,500
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,670 4.99 3.78 $21.19 $44,080
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,370 6.11 4.62 $15.03 $31,260
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,360 3.27 2.47 $15.99 $33,260
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,000 3.57 2.70 $18.45 $38,380
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,870 4.44 3.36 $20.95 $43,580


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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)
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 690 12.96 9.80 $17.36 $36,120
Mansfield, OH 630 12.58 9.51 $12.84 $26,710
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,490 11.73 8.87 $14.83 $30,850
Wausau, WI 580 8.31 6.29 $18.09 $37,630
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 430 6.86 5.19 $14.78 $30,750
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 630 6.80 5.14 $23.31 $48,490
Sheboygan, WI 390 6.77 5.12 $20.00 $41,610
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 300 6.34 4.80 $19.23 $39,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,370 6.11 4.62 $15.03 $31,260
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 240 5.98 4.52 $16.63 $34,590


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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)
Greeley, CO 150 1.57 1.19 $23.62 $49,120
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 630 6.80 5.14 $23.31 $48,490
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.73 0.55 $22.79 $47,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 980 0.59 0.45