Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


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)
192,800 1.7 % $16.45 $34,210 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.40 $12.53 $15.56 $19.27 $24.20
Annual Wage (2) $21,630 $26,060 $32,370 $40,090 $50,330


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)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 20,670 3.56 $16.64 $34,620
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,060 5.14 $16.44 $34,190
Employment Services 18,620 0.51 $13.11 $27,260
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,710 2.61 $15.30 $31,820
Forging and Stamping 13,500 13.96 $15.93 $33,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Forging and Stamping 13,500 13.96 $15.93 $33,130
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 3,180 7.44 $16.13 $33,560
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 4,030 6.88 $17.26 $35,890
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,290 5.83 $17.83 $37,090
Hardware Manufacturing 1,310 5.47 $16.57 $34,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3,460 1.67 $27.86 $57,940
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,130 0.43 $20.00 $41,600
Building Equipment Contractors 230 0.01 $19.77 $41,130
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 190 0.12 $19.34 $40,220
Building Finishing Contractors 40 0.01 $19.27 $40,080


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)
Michigan 18,430 4.38 3.19 $16.99 $35,350
Ohio 17,760 3.33 2.42 $16.11 $33,510
California 14,300 0.90 0.65 $16.55 $34,420
Texas 12,810 1.09 0.79 $15.67 $32,590
Indiana 11,610 3.88 2.83 $15.40 $32,030




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)
Michigan 18,430 4.38 3.19 $16.99 $35,350
Indiana 11,610 3.88 2.83 $15.40 $32,030
Kentucky 7,050 3.77 2.75 $19.66 $40,900
Ohio 17,760 3.33 2.42 $16.11 $33,510
Wisconsin 9,170 3.27 2.38 $17.50 $36,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,240 0.73 0.53 $20.05 $41,710
Kentucky 7,050 3.77 2.75 $19.66 $40,900
Maryland 700 0.27 0.19 $18.82 $39,140
Massachusetts 2,600 0.75 0.55 $18.38 $38,220
South Carolina 2,800 1.41 1.03 $18.21 $37,870





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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,770 1.59 1.15 $16.77 $34,890
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,460 4.52 3.29 $18.74 $38,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,410 2.83 2.06 $16.42 $34,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,670 1.11 0.81 $16.03 $33,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,130 1.41 1.02 $15.80 $32,870
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 3,910 6.08 4.43 $22.19 $46,160
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,330 3.24 2.36 $15.58 $32,410
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,240 5.86 4.27 $15.19 $31,600
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,150 4.38 3.19 $20.86 $43,390
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,090 3.67 2.68 $18.01 $37,470