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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-4032 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.


National estimates for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,810 5.7 % $ 20.79 $ 43,240 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.34 $ 16.34 $ 18.55 $ 23.06 $ 29.01
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,820 $ 33,980 $ 38,580 $ 47,970 $ 60,330


Industry profile for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,080 0.33 $ 21.03 $ 43,730
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 840 0.12 $ 22.99 $ 47,830
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 630 0.18 $ 18.93 $ 39,370
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 540 0.12 $ 18.74 $ 38,980
Utility System Construction 460 0.09 $ 23.95 $ 49,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,080 0.33 $ 21.03 $ 43,730
Foundries 220 0.21 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 170 0.20 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 630 0.18 $ 18.93 $ 39,370
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 210 0.13 $ 23.19 $ 48,230

Top paying industries for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Utility System Construction 460 0.09 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 170 0.20 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $ 23.38 $ 48,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $ 23.35 $ 48,570


Geographic profile for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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



Map of employment of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,270 0.08 1.59 $ 23.03 $ 47,890
Texas 800 0.07 1.35 $ 18.72 $ 38,930
Michigan 430 0.10 2.17 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Tennessee 400 0.14 2.80 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Indiana 360 0.12 2.51 $ 21.39 $ 44,480


Map of location quotient of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 400 0.14 2.80 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Indiana 360 0.12 2.51 $ 21.39 $ 44,480
Michigan 430 0.10 2.17 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Minnesota 280 0.10 2.08 $ 18.59 $ 38,660
Iowa 140 0.10 2.00 $ 18.07 $ 37,580


Map of annual mean wages of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $ 25.99 $ 54,060
Massachusetts 60 0.02 0.36 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Oregon 160 0.09 1.76 $ 25.30 $ 52,620
Michigan 430 0.10 2.17 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Wisconsin 170 0.06 1.30 $ 23.54 $ 48,960



Map of employment of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool 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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 2.19 $ 23.21 $ 48,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 230 0.06 1.34 $ 18.21 $ 37,890
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.11 2.18 $ 25.18 $ 52,380
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 3.62 $ 22.49 $ 46,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 0.82 $ 19.49 $ 40,550
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.43 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 1.14 $ 24.22 $ 50,380
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.08 1.76 $ 21.60 $ 44,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.06 1.33 $ 20.95 $ 43,570
Knoxville, TN 110 0.29 6.07 $ 16.95 $ 35,250


Map of location quotient of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool 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)
Knoxville, TN 110 0.29 6.07 $ 16.95 $ 35,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 3.62 $ 22.49 $ 46,790
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 30 0.16 3.25 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Tulsa, OK 60 0.15 3.10 $ 22.03 $ 45,820
Akron, OH 50 0.15 3.09 $ 19.52 $ 40,610
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 0.12 2.58 $ 15.69 $ 32,620
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.12 2.57 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.43 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 60 0.11 2.36 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 2.19 $ 23.21 $ 48,270


Map of annual mean wages of drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool 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)
Bakersfield, CA 30 0.10 2.14 $ 26.48 $ 55,080
Pittsburgh, PA 30 0.03 0.60 $ 25.60 $ 53,240
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 0.06 1.27 $ 25.59 $ 53,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.43 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 190 0.11 2.18 $ 25.18 $ 52,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 90 0.03 0.69 $ 24.29 $ 50,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 120 0.05 1.14 $ 24.22 $ 50,380
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 60 0.11 2.36 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 1.48 $ 23.55 $ 48,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 2.19 $ 23.21 $ 48,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 11.93 $ 16.03 $ 33,350
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 4.95 $ 18.98 $ 39,470
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 4.16 $ 17.89 $ 37,210
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 5.70 $ 16.77 $ 34,880
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.68 $ 14.43 $ 30,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 11.93 $ 16.03 $ 33,350
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 5.70 $ 16.77 $ 34,880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 4.95 $ 18.98 $ 39,470
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.80 $ 17.03 $ 35,430
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.68 $ 14.43 $ 30,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 2.62 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 4.95 $ 18.98 $ 39,470
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 4.16 $ 17.89 $ 37,210
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.80 $ 17.03 $ 35,430
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 5.70 $ 16.77 $ 34,880


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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