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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
186,640 1.3 % $17.40 $36,180 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $13.41 $16.57 $20.40 $25.13
Annual Wage (2) $23,440 $27,900 $34,460 $42,440 $52,270


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) 29,870 6.30 $17.07 $35,500
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 25,880 5.45 $17.84 $37,110
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 24,310 4.05 $18.24 $37,940
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,470 2.47 $16.33 $33,960
Employment Services 10,600 0.29 $14.16 $29,450

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 3,720 6.50 $17.12 $35,610
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 29,870 6.30 $17.07 $35,500
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,200 5.64 $18.16 $37,770
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 25,880 5.45 $17.84 $37,110
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 24,310 4.05 $18.24 $37,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 180 0.13 $20.92 $43,510
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 130 0.02 $20.34 $42,320
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,020 1.07 $19.96 $41,530
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $19.85 $41,290
Building Equipment Contractors 210 0.01 $19.52 $40,590


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 20,240 4.69 3.64 $18.24 $37,940
Ohio 16,840 3.11 2.41 $17.11 $35,590
Indiana 14,060 4.61 3.58 $16.32 $33,940
Texas 13,540 1.12 0.87 $15.70 $32,650
California 12,060 0.71 0.55 $18.00 $37,430




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 20,240 4.69 3.64 $18.24 $37,940
Indiana 14,060 4.61 3.58 $16.32 $33,940
Wisconsin 11,180 3.93 3.04 $18.73 $38,970
Ohio 16,840 3.11 2.41 $17.11 $35,590
Alabama 5,970 3.07 2.38 $15.66 $32,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,990 0.61 0.47 $21.48 $44,670
Wyoming 70 0.24 0.19 $20.83 $43,330
Minnesota 5,610 1.96 1.52 $20.77 $43,200
Maryland 470 0.17 0.14 $20.56 $42,770
Massachusetts 2,350 0.66 0.51 $19.76 $41,090





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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 9,070 4.60 3.57 $21.19 $44,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,760 1.67 1.30 $16.70 $34,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,010 0.98 0.76 $17.76 $36,950
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,800 0.51 0.39 $17.31 $36,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,400 1.23 0.96 $15.63 $32,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,260 1.43 1.11 $16.22 $33,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,150 2.12 1.65 $21.36 $44,430
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 4,060 3.92 3.04 $19.32 $40,180
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,740 6.59 5.11 $15.58 $32,400
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,470 4.08 3.17 $18.42 $38,310