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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinistsí hand tools.


National estimates for Tool and Die Makers
Industry profile for Tool and Die Makers
Geographic profile for Tool and Die Makers

National estimates for Tool and Die Makers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tool and Die Makers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
63,630 1.7 % $ 26.99 $ 56,150 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tool and Die Makers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.74 $ 22.46 $ 27.41 $ 30.50 $ 37.13
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,900 $ 46,720 $ 57,000 $ 63,430 $ 77,240


Industry profile for Tool and Die Makers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Tool and Die Makers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Tool and Die Makers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tool and Die Makers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 12,540 7.84 $ 25.28 $ 52,580
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 11,670 2.17 $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 8,680 1.94 $ 27.29 $ 56,770
Plastics Product Manufacturing 3,590 0.61 $ 26.03 $ 54,140
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 3,250 1.00 $ 26.88 $ 55,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tool and Die Makers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 12,540 7.84 $ 25.28 $ 52,580
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 11,670 2.17 $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Foundries 2,070 2.05 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 8,680 1.94 $ 27.29 $ 56,770
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 890 1.62 $ 21.11 $ 43,900

Top paying industries for Tool and Die Makers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 38.18 $ 79,420
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,810 0.74 $ 35.97 $ 74,820
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $ 35.26 $ 73,330
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,570 0.55 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 400 0.02 $ 33.91 $ 70,520


Geographic profile for Tool and Die Makers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Tool and Die Makers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Tool and Die Makers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of tool and die makers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Tool and Die Makers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 10,270 2.53 5.60 $ 28.69 $ 59,680
Ohio 6,350 1.22 2.70 $ 25.62 $ 53,280
Illinois 5,100 0.91 2.01 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
Indiana 3,920 1.31 2.91 $ 26.63 $ 55,380
Pennsylvania 3,330 0.60 1.32 $ 25.81 $ 53,680


Map of location quotient of tool and die makers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool and Die Makers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 10,270 2.53 5.60 $ 28.69 $ 59,680
Indiana 3,920 1.31 2.91 $ 26.63 $ 55,380
Ohio 6,350 1.22 2.70 $ 25.62 $ 53,280
Connecticut 1,870 1.19 2.63 $ 32.87 $ 68,380
Kentucky 1,840 1.00 2.22 $ 27.95 $ 58,140


Map of annual mean wages of tool and die makers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Tool and Die Makers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,080 0.34 0.75 $ 33.14 $ 68,930
Connecticut 1,870 1.19 2.63 $ 32.87 $ 68,380
California 2,310 0.14 0.31 $ 31.36 $ 65,230
Oregon 310 0.17 0.37 $ 31.08 $ 64,650
North Dakota 60 0.14 0.32 $ 30.88 $ 64,230



Map of employment of tool and die makers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tool and Die Makers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 5,220 2.90 6.41 $ 30.07 $ 62,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,340 0.79 1.75 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 1,800 3.54 7.84 $ 26.77 $ 55,670
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,310 1.35 3.00 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,130 0.20 0.44 $ 31.62 $ 65,770
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,100 1.40 3.11 $ 27.37 $ 56,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.60 1.33 $ 28.70 $ 59,700
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,090 0.13 0.28 $ 29.24 $ 60,820
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,070 1.10 2.43 $ 26.20 $ 54,500
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 840 1.54 3.40 $ 32.60 $ 67,810


Map of location quotient of tool and die makers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool and Die Makers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Morristown, TN 550 12.18 26.98 $ 20.86 $ 43,390
Waterbury, CT 400 6.31 13.96 $ 32.77 $ 68,160
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 220 4.01 8.88 $ 25.22 $ 52,450
Jackson, MI 210 3.94 8.73 $ 26.88 $ 55,900
Rockford, IL 480 3.63 8.04 $ 26.42 $ 54,950
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 1,800 3.54 7.84 $ 26.77 $ 55,670
Flint, MI 390 3.15 6.98 (8) (8)
Saginaw, MI 240 3.15 6.98 $ 29.58 $ 61,530
Muskegon, MI 180 3.15 6.97 $ 24.89 $ 51,760
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 5,220 2.90 6.41 $ 30.07 $ 62,550


Map of annual mean wages of tool and die makers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Tool and Die Makers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 260 0.12 0.26 $ 36.50 $ 75,920
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 200 0.52 1.16 $ 34.86 $ 72,510
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.16 0.35 $ 34.57 $ 71,910
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 830 0.43 0.96 $ 34.51 $ 71,790
New Haven, CT 210 0.78 1.72 $ 33.51 $ 69,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.10 0.23 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 170 0.12 0.26 $ 32.90 $ 68,430
Waterbury, CT 400 6.31 13.96 $ 32.77 $ 68,160
Danbury, CT 60 0.76 1.69 $ 32.67 $ 67,960
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 100 0.37 0.81 $ 32.62 $ 67,840

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tool and Die Makers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 920 3.84 8.50 $ 25.00 $ 52,010
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 730 2.32 5.13 $ 25.82 $ 53,700
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 650 2.57 5.69 $ 25.76 $ 53,580
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 590 2.89 6.40 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 520 3.53 7.82 $ 24.07 $ 50,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool and Die Makers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 920 3.84 8.50 $ 25.00 $ 52,010
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 520 3.53 7.82 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 590 2.89 6.40 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 430 2.84 6.30 $ 25.86 $ 53,780
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 360 2.61 5.77 $ 23.79 $ 49,490

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tool and Die Makers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 2.24 $ 31.42 $ 65,350
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.18 $ 30.67 $ 63,780
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 1.20 2.65 $ 30.41 $ 63,240
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.67 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.13 2.51 $ 29.71 $ 61,790


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