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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Workers who primarily program or operate CNC equipment are classified in “Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators and Programmers” (51-9160).


National estimates for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
Industry profile for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
Geographic profile for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

National estimates for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
67,210 1.9 % $ 17.10 $ 35,560 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.52 $ 14.13 $ 17.35 $ 18.36 $ 22.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,960 $ 29,390 $ 36,090 $ 38,190 $ 47,330


Industry profile for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 29,320 12.54 $ 16.53 $ 34,390
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 14,110 4.26 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 8,790 10.85 $ 17.55 $ 36,500
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 6,370 7.25 $ 17.41 $ 36,210
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 1,910 0.14 $ 15.94 $ 33,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 29,320 12.54 $ 16.53 $ 34,390
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 8,790 10.85 $ 17.55 $ 36,500
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 6,370 7.25 $ 17.41 $ 36,210
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 14,110 4.26 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,370 0.50 $ 19.42 $ 40,380

Top paying industries for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 150 0.18 $ 26.49 $ 55,090
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $ 22.89 $ 47,610
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 130 0.02 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Building Finishing Contractors 200 0.02 $ 20.70 $ 43,050
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $ 19.56 $ 40,690


Geographic profile for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

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



Map of employment of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,080 0.31 0.64 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Texas 4,510 0.37 0.77 $ 15.96 $ 33,200
North Carolina 4,240 0.96 2.01 $ 15.69 $ 32,620
Indiana 3,780 1.27 2.66 $ 17.25 $ 35,870
Wisconsin 3,750 1.36 2.86 $ 17.43 $ 36,240


Map of location quotient of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 2,420 1.63 3.41 $ 20.01 $ 41,620
Alabama 2,670 1.39 2.90 $ 14.80 $ 30,790
Wisconsin 3,750 1.36 2.86 $ 17.43 $ 36,240
Arkansas 1,570 1.32 2.76 $ 15.68 $ 32,610
Mississippi 1,420 1.29 2.70 $ 15.35 $ 31,920


Map of annual mean wages of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,770 0.55 1.15 $ 20.45 $ 42,540
Massachusetts 280 0.08 0.17 $ 20.31 $ 42,240
Minnesota 1,910 0.70 1.46 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Iowa 2,420 1.63 3.41 $ 20.01 $ 41,620
Hawaii 50 0.10 0.20 $ 19.63 $ 40,820



Map of employment of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,380 0.24 0.50 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,320 0.37 0.77 $ 16.51 $ 34,330
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 970 0.64 1.33 $ 17.87 $ 37,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.52 1.09 $ 20.40 $ 42,430
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 880 0.73 1.53 $ 16.20 $ 33,690
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 820 1.61 3.38 $ 17.23 $ 35,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 790 0.37 0.79 $ 17.80 $ 37,030
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 790 1.26 2.65 $ 17.22 $ 35,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 780 0.18 0.39 $ 18.32 $ 38,110
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 760 5.71 11.97 $ 18.54 $ 38,560


Map of location quotient of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 760 5.71 11.97 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 720 4.92 10.30 $ 15.99 $ 33,260
Wausau, WI 300 4.41 9.24 $ 19.05 $ 39,620
Dubuque, IA 210 3.67 7.69 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Morristown, TN 150 3.40 7.13 $ 13.01 $ 27,060
Longview, WA 100 2.62 5.49 $ 21.24 $ 44,170
Janesville-Beloit, WI 160 2.48 5.19 $ 17.04 $ 35,430
Decatur, AL 140 2.47 5.17 $ 15.54 $ 32,320
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 210 2.45 5.14 $ 18.25 $ 37,960
Rapid City, SD 160 2.42 5.08 $ 15.51 $ 32,260


Map of annual mean wages of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.08 0.17 $ 23.10 $ 48,050
Rochester, MN 50 0.40 0.85 $ 22.69 $ 47,190
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 720 0.08 0.17 $ 22.63 $ 47,060
Boulder, CO 40 0.23 0.48 $ 22.41 $ 46,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 320 0.14 0.30 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 0.15 $ 21.49 $ 44,690
Longview, WA 100 2.62 5.49 $ 21.24 $ 44,170
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 80 1.59 3.34 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.29 0.60 $ 21.11 $ 43,900
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.39 0.82 $ 20.63 $ 42,910

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 1,090 3.46 7.25 $ 17.31 $ 36,000
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,040 6.36 13.34 $ 14.90 $ 30,980
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 860 4.10 8.60 $ 21.53 $ 44,790
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 840 4.56 9.55 $ 17.27 $ 35,920
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 670 3.00 6.30 $ 14.45 $ 30,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 560 11.77 24.66 $ 19.99 $ 41,570
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 480 7.43 15.57 $ 14.19 $ 29,520
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 430 7.11 14.90 $ 18.50 $ 38,490
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,040 6.36 13.34 $ 14.90 $ 30,980
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 630 6.03 12.65 $ 15.99 $ 33,260

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.80 $ 24.87 $ 51,730
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 860 4.10 8.60 $ 21.53 $ 44,790
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 430 3.61 7.56 $ 21.47 $ 44,660
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 2.14 4.49 $ 21.25 $ 44,190
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 360 3.29 6.89 $ 20.87 $ 43,420


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