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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.


National estimates for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
155,020 1.9 % $ 17.29 $ 35,960 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.30 $ 13.28 $ 15.91 $ 20.04 $ 25.28
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,500 $ 27,620 $ 33,100 $ 41,680 $ 52,570


Industry profile for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 73,410 13.08 $ 16.51 $ 34,350
Foundries 13,940 13.13 $ 19.27 $ 40,080
Employment Services 10,460 0.33 $ 14.52 $ 30,210
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 9,970 2.09 $ 17.01 $ 35,380
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 6,640 3.98 $ 19.32 $ 40,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundries 13,940 13.13 $ 19.27 $ 40,080
Plastics Product Manufacturing 73,410 13.08 $ 16.51 $ 34,350
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 6,640 3.98 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Rubber Product Manufacturing 2,700 2.23 $ 16.60 $ 34,520
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 9,970 2.09 $ 17.01 $ 35,380

Top paying industries for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,220 0.06 $ 28.30 $ 58,860
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 750 0.35 $ 24.48 $ 50,910
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 340 0.41 $ 22.80 $ 47,430
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 22.03 $ 45,820
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 110 0.25 $ 21.74 $ 45,220


Geographic profile for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

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





States with the highest employment level in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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 16,840 4.29 3.85 $ 16.13 $ 33,540
Ohio 15,000 2.92 2.62 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
Indiana 11,510 3.94 3.54 $ 18.03 $ 37,490
Illinois 9,670 1.72 1.54 $ 17.90 $ 37,240
Wisconsin 8,380 3.09 2.77 $ 18.05 $ 37,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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 16,840 4.29 3.85 $ 16.13 $ 33,540
Indiana 11,510 3.94 3.54 $ 18.03 $ 37,490
Wisconsin 8,380 3.09 2.77 $ 18.05 $ 37,550
Ohio 15,000 2.92 2.62 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
Iowa 2,810 1.91 1.72 $ 16.84 $ 35,030




Top paying states for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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)
Connecticut 1,070 0.70 0.62 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Maine 380 0.65 0.59 $ 20.96 $ 43,590
Nebraska 1,050 1.12 1.00 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Washington 2,790 0.87 0.78 $ 20.39 $ 42,410
Oregon 1,410 0.78 0.70 $ 20.02 $ 41,640





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,420 1.70 1.53 $ 17.60 $ 36,610
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 6,700 3.77 3.38 $ 15.39 $ 32,000
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,160 8.06 7.23 $ 15.94 $ 33,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,440 0.96 0.86 $ 15.46 $ 32,160
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,110 3.17 2.84 $ 15.84 $ 32,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,790 0.48 0.43 $ 19.80 $ 41,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,370 1.28 1.15 $ 18.19 $ 37,830
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,340 1.93 1.74 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,300 1.54 1.38 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,280 0.87 0.78 $ 16.68 $ 34,690




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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)
Sheboygan, WI 1,350 23.31 20.92 $ 19.90 $ 41,380
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 480 11.39 10.22 (8) (8)
Erie, PA 1,070 9.39 8.42 $ 15.11 $ 31,440
Evansville, IN-KY 1,350 9.20 8.26 $ 15.98 $ 33,240
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,080 8.56 7.68 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 4,160 8.06 7.23 $ 15.94 $ 33,150
Mansfield, OH 370 8.05 7.22 $ 14.05 $ 29,220
Battle Creek, MI 330 6.70 6.01 $ 16.65 $ 34,630
Saginaw, MI 450 5.89 5.29 (8) (8)
Bowling Green, KY 390 5.79 5.19 $ 14.64 $ 30,460




Top paying metropolitan areas for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 30 0.55 0.49 $ 27.97 $ 58,180
New Bern, NC 80 1.81 1.62 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Portsmouth, NH-ME 160 1.80 1.61 $ 24.12 $ 50,160
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 250 0.35 0.31 $ 23.73 $ 49,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 400 0.73 0.65 $ 22.53 $ 46,860
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,340 1.93 1.74 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 22.49 $ 46,780
Bellingham, WA 130 1.65 1.48 $ 22.25 $ 46,270
Yakima, WA 110 1.20 1.08 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 870 3.35 3.01 $ 22.02 $ 45,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine 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)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 2,480 7.96 7.15 $ 15.91 $ 33,080
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 2,260 11.16 10.02 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,950 10.86 9.74 $ 20.25 $ 42,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,580 6.40 5.75 $ 15.30 $ 31,810
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,350 5.67 5.09 $ 18.13 $ 37,710

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine 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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 2,260 11.16 10.02 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,950 10.86 9.74 $ 20.25 $ 42,110
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 2,480 7.96 7.15 $ 15.91 $ 33,080
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 900 6.75 6.06 $ 14.96 $ 31,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,580 6.40 5.75 $ 15.30 $ 31,810

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine 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)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.26 1.13 $ 26.38 $ 54,880
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 80 2.69 2.42 $ 22.42 $ 46,640
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 500 3.42 3.07 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.98 $ 43,640
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 390 1.60 1.43 $ 20.95 $ 43,570


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021