Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
188,520 1.6 % $16.72 $34,770 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.73 $12.84 $15.90 $19.54 $24.36
Annual Wage (2) $22,310 $26,710 $33,060 $40,640 $50,670


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) 28,160 6.07 $16.57 $34,460
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 23,980 5.23 $17.22 $35,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,320 3.62 $16.91 $35,170
Employment Services 14,970 0.42 $13.60 $28,280
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,390 2.51 $15.61 $32,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 4,250 7.47 $17.16 $35,690
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,490 6.43 $17.54 $36,480
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 28,160 6.07 $16.57 $34,460
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 23,980 5.23 $17.22 $35,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,320 3.62 $16.91 $35,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 40 0.01 $20.41 $42,460
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $20.32 $42,270
Ship and Boat Building 170 0.12 $19.98 $41,550
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,130 0.45 $19.67 $40,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $19.63 $40,820


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 20,000 4.68 3.54 $17.59 $36,580
Ohio 17,380 3.24 2.45 $16.07 $33,430
California 13,610 0.82 0.62 $16.89 $35,120
Indiana 12,950 4.29 3.25 $15.70 $32,650
Texas 12,310 1.04 0.78 $15.67 $32,590




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 20,000 4.68 3.54 $17.59 $36,580
Indiana 12,950 4.29 3.25 $15.70 $32,650
Wisconsin 9,920 3.51 2.65 $17.93 $37,290
Ohio 17,380 3.24 2.45 $16.07 $33,430
Alabama 6,090 3.17 2.40 $15.38 $31,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,950 0.61 0.46 $21.04 $43,770
Maryland 550 0.21 0.16 $19.74 $41,060
Massachusetts 2,690 0.76 0.58 $19.38 $40,300
Oregon 1,210 0.66 0.50 $19.20 $39,930
Kentucky 5,410 2.88 2.18 $18.67 $38,820



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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 5,660 1.55 1.17 $17.49 $36,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,430 2.81 2.13 $18.14 $37,740
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 5,430 4.41 3.33 $20.21 $42,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,610 1.04 0.79 $16.45 $34,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,130 1.41 1.07 $16.10 $33,500
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,670 4.99 3.78 $21.19 $44,080
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,370 6.11 4.62 $15.03 $31,260
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,360 3.27 2.47 $15.99 $33,260
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,000 3.57 2.70 $18.45 $38,380
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,870 4.44 3.36 $20.95 $43,580


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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)
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 690 12.96 9.80 $17.36 $36,120
Mansfield, OH 630 12.58 9.51 $12.84 $26,710
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,490 11.73 8.87 $14.83 $30,850
Wausau, WI 580 8.31 6.29 $18.09 $37,630
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 430 6.86 5.19 $14.78 $30,750
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 630 6.80 5.14 $23.31 $48,490
Sheboygan, WI 390 6.77 5.12 $20.00 $41,610
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 300 6.34 4.80 $19.23 $39,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,370 6.11 4.62 $15.03 $31,260
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 240 5.98 4.52 $16.63 $34,590


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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)
Greeley, CO 150 1.57 1.19 $23.62 $49,120
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 630 6.80 5.14 $23.31 $48,490
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.73 0.55 $22.79 $47,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 980 0.59 0.45 $22.72 $47,260
Topeka, KS 180 1.61 1.22 $22.33 $46,460
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $22.18 $46,130
New Bedford, MA 200 3.05 2.31 $21.72 $45,170
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $21.23 $44,160
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,670 4.99 3.78 $21.19 $44,080
Reading, PA 260 1.51 1.14 $21.17 $44,040

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,630 10.41 7.87 $16.71 $34,750
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 2,020 6.09 4.60 $16.50 $34,320
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,770 8.22 6.22 $14.47 $30,110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,580 5.68 4.30 $14.00 $29,130
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,490 9.41 7.12 $15.86 $32,990

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,630 10.41 7.87 $16.71 $34,750
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,490 9.41 7.12 $15.86 $32,990
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,770 8.22 6.22 $14.47 $30,110
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 530 7.11 5.38 $12.36 $25,720
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 550 7.01 5.30 $13.19 $27,430

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)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 560 4.11 3.10 $21.30 $44,310
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.27 $42,160
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 0.60 $19.03 $39,580
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 0.84 $18.97 $39,450
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 400 2.34 1.77 $18.93 $39,380


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018