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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
179,630 1.2 % $ 19.23 $ 40,000 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.95 $ 14.67 $ 18.09 $ 22.67 $ 27.59
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,010 $ 30,520 $ 37,630 $ 47,160 $ 57,390


Industry profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 32,800 6.10 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 30,530 6.83 $ 18.23 $ 37,910
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,720 4.25 $ 20.11 $ 41,830
Plastics Product Manufacturing 12,920 2.21 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 10,510 1.50 $ 19.69 $ 40,960

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 4,470 8.10 $ 17.89 $ 37,210
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 30,530 6.83 $ 18.23 $ 37,910
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,560 6.77 $ 19.57 $ 40,700
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 32,800 6.10 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,720 4.25 $ 20.11 $ 41,830

Top paying industries for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3,770 1.54 $ 26.10 $ 54,280
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $ 25.69 $ 53,430
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 140 0.07 $ 23.12 $ 48,080
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $ 22.68 $ 47,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $ 22.36 $ 46,520


Geographic profile for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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



Map of employment of cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Michigan 23,610 5.82 4.56 $ 20.82 $ 43,310
Indiana 17,470 5.86 4.59 $ 19.03 $ 39,590
Ohio 17,230 3.31 2.60 $ 19.18 $ 39,890
Wisconsin 10,680 3.88 3.04 $ 19.97 $ 41,540
Texas 10,230 0.84 0.66 $ 17.68 $ 36,770


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


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Indiana 17,470 5.86 4.59 $ 19.03 $ 39,590
Michigan 23,610 5.82 4.56 $ 20.82 $ 43,310
Wisconsin 10,680 3.88 3.04 $ 19.97 $ 41,540
Kentucky 7,020 3.82 3.00 $ 18.14 $ 37,740
Ohio 17,230 3.31 2.60 $ 19.18 $ 39,890


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


Top paying states for Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Alaska 100 0.35 0.27 $ 24.84 $ 51,660
Washington 2,070 0.65 0.51 $ 22.78 $ 47,390
Maryland 390 0.15 0.12 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
Oregon 1,040 0.57 0.45 $ 20.92 $ 43,510
Michigan 23,610 5.82 4.56 $ 20.82 $ 43,310



Map of employment of cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 11,860 6.59 5.17 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,590 1.79 1.41 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,120 8.12 6.37 $ 19.39 $ 40,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,990 0.70 0.55 $ 19.94 $ 41,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,270 0.91 0.71 $ 17.86 $ 37,160
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 3,080 3.06 2.40 $ 18.04 $ 37,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,040 0.35 0.27 $ 20.07 $ 41,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,010 1.04 0.82 $ 18.00 $ 37,430
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,010 3.12 2.45 $ 20.69 $ 43,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,930 3.72 2.92 $ 19.58 $ 40,730


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


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,300 17.19 13.48 $ 18.77 $ 39,040
Sheboygan, WI 890 15.32 12.01 $ 19.47 $ 40,500
Spartanburg, SC 1,750 11.16 8.75 (8) (8)
Columbus, IN 440 9.19 7.21 $ 18.02 $ 37,490
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,120 8.12 6.37 $ 19.39 $ 40,330
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 840 6.75 5.30 $ 17.58 $ 36,570
Mansfield, OH 320 6.62 5.19 $ 17.37 $ 36,140
Owensboro, KY 330 6.60 5.18 $ 16.59 $ 34,500
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 11,860 6.59 5.17 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 370 6.58 5.16 $ 18.21 $ 37,890


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Cutting, Punching, and Press 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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,320 0.69 0.54 $ 24.03 $ 49,970
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 120 3.28 2.57 $ 23.88 $ 49,680
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 130 1.75 1.38 $ 23.78 $ 49,470
Prescott, AZ 30 0.49 0.39 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.36 0.28 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.51 0.40 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Mobile, AL 260