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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.


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)
16,320 4.8 % $19.81 $41,200 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.90 $15.61 $19.07 $23.71 $28.29
Annual Wage (2) $26,830 $32,460 $39,670 $49,320 $58,840


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) 4,970 1.03 $19.22 $39,970
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,640 0.45 $20.74 $43,150
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,600 0.27 $15.81 $32,890
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.20 $21.99 $45,750
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,200 1.40 $22.31 $46,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,200 1.40 $22.31 $46,410
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,970 1.03 $19.22 $39,970
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,640 0.45 $20.74 $43,150
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,600 0.27 $15.81 $32,890
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 150 0.24 $18.93 $39,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $26.65 $55,430
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 120 0.04 $23.80 $49,500
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 110 0.18 $22.86 $47,550
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,200 1.40 $22.31 $46,410
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.20 $21.99 $45,750


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)
California 1,610 0.09 0.83 $19.61 $40,780
Alabama 1,550 0.78 7.06 $19.30 $40,150
Ohio 1,480 0.27 2.45 $20.32 $42,270
South Carolina 1,210 0.57 5.16 $22.82 $47,460
Tennessee 1,120 0.37 3.34 $17.43 $36,250




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)
Alabama 1,550 0.78 7.06 $19.30 $40,150
South Carolina 1,210 0.57 5.16 $22.82 $47,460
Kentucky 910 0.48 4.30 $20.85 $43,360
Tennessee 1,120 0.37 3.34 $17.43 $36,250
Indiana 1,070 0.35 3.12 $22.44 $46,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 1,210 0.57 5.16 $22.82 $47,460
Wisconsin 310 0.11 0.96 $22.44 $46,670
Indiana 1,070 0.35 3.12 $22.44 $46,670
New York 200 0.02 0.19 $21.75 $45,250
Pennsylvania 740 0.12 1.12 $21.60 $44,940





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 710 0.11 1.02 $19.09 $39,710
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 660 0.33 3.00 $20.65 $42,960
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 650 0.62 5.55 $21.67 $45,070
Lexington-Fayette, KY 490 1.79 16.12 $24.04 $49,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 430 0.09 0.83 $19.97 $41,540
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 420 0.15 1.31 $21.62 $44,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 0.91 $19.49 $40,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 0.27 $20.38 $42,390
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 270 0.27 2.47 $17.43 $36,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.68 $22.49 $46,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, IN 100 1.88 16.89 $17.45 $36,290
Lexington-Fayette, KY 490 1.79 16.12 $24.04 $49,990
Rockford, IL 160 1.08 9.70 $20.10 $41,810
Canton-Massillon, OH 150 0.89 7.97 $20.27 $42,150
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 110 0.72 6.52 $19.40 $40,350
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 650 0.62 5.55 $21.67 $45,070
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 660 0.33 3.00 $20.65 $42,960
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 270 0.27 2.47 $17.43 $36,250
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 30 0.26 2.30 $15.34 $31,900
Wichita, KS 60 0.21 1.92 $19.17 $39,870




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 490 1.79 16.12 $24.04 $49,990
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 40 0.17 1.49 $23.57 $49,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.68 $22.49 $46,780
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $22.42 $46,640
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 120 0.08 0.74 $22.24 $46,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.04 0.39 $22.21 $46,190
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 650 0.62 5.55 $21.67 $45,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 420 0.15 1.31 $21.62 $44,970
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.13 1.18 $21.21 $44,120
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $21.03 $43,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.88 25.89 $26.22 $54,540
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.06 9.58 $20.44 $42,520
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 130 0.39 3.52 $17.37 $36,140
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 120 1.82 16.35 $15.71 $32,680
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 9.84 $11.09 $23,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.88 25.89 $26.22 $54,540
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 120 1.82 16.35 $15.71 $32,680
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 9.84 $11.09 $23,070
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.06 9.58 $20.44 $42,520
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 6.66 $17.83 $37,090

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.88 25.89 $26.22 $54,540
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.99 $47,810
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.08 $43,850
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.06 9.58 $20.44 $42,520
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.38 3.38 $20.35 $42,320


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020