Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


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)
29,620 3.6 % $19.38 $40,310 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $15.01 $18.55 $23.20 $28.19
Annual Wage (2) $25,550 $31,220 $38,580 $48,260 $58,630


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)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 9,520 2.73 $18.95 $39,410
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,860 1.05 $18.76 $39,030
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,290 0.47 $20.40 $42,440
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,280 0.22 $17.63 $36,660
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.25 $24.31 $50,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 9,520 2.73 $18.95 $39,410
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,120 1.21 $22.15 $46,070
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 550 1.14 $18.27 $38,000
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,860 1.05 $18.76 $39,030
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,190 0.67 $19.22 $39,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.25 $24.31 $50,560
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $23.04 $47,930
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,120 1.21 $22.15 $46,070
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 50 0.03 $21.69 $45,110
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 340 0.25 $20.91 $43,490


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 3,710 0.22 1.07 $18.29 $38,040
Michigan 2,770 0.65 3.12 $18.15 $37,760
Texas 2,750 0.23 1.11 $18.85 $39,210
Illinois 2,410 0.41 1.96 $20.34 $42,300
Indiana 1,990 0.66 3.17 $19.64 $40,860




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)
Indiana 1,990 0.66 3.17 $19.64 $40,860
Michigan 2,770 0.65 3.12 $18.15 $37,760
Connecticut 930 0.56 2.71 $22.77 $47,360
Illinois 2,410 0.41 1.96 $20.34 $42,300
Arkansas 490 0.41 1.97 $16.32 $33,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 70 0.05 0.23 $26.91 $55,980
Oregon 120 0.07 0.32 $26.03 $54,150
Massachusetts 840 0.24 1.14 $23.64 $49,180
Connecticut 930 0.56 2.71 $22.77 $47,360
Washington 190 0.06 0.28 $22.38 $46,550



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,910 0.65 3.14 $19.11 $39,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.40 1.91 $20.19 $41,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.22 1.08 $17.93 $37,290
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.52 2.50 $17.83 $37,080
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 820 0.67 3.22 $17.04 $35,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.22 1.06 $19.73 $41,030
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 520 0.50 2.42 $19.98 $41,550
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 480 0.46 2.23 $22.28 $46,340
Rochester, NY 470 0.92 4.44 $19.37 $40,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 450 0.54 2.60 $20.95 $43,570


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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)
Columbus, IN 160 3.25 15.65 $16.54 $34,400
Johnson City, TN 170 2.22 10.68 $17.05 $35,470
Jackson, MI 80 1.34 6.46 $18.53 $38,530
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 60 1.21 5.84 $15.65 $32,550
Rockford, IL 160 1.14 5.50 $20.24 $42,100
Mansfield, OH 50 1.06 5.11 $16.32 $33,950
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 130 0.96 4.62 $17.31 $36,010
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 120 0.94 4.51 $20.09 $41,780
Rochester, NY 470 0.92 4.44 $19.37 $40,300
Spartanburg, SC 120 0.78 3.74 $20.81 $43,290


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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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.13 0.60 $35.94 $74,740
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.35 $28.30 $58,870
Columbia, SC 70 0.18 0.89 $25.88 $53,840
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.42 $52,880
Worcester, MA-CT 90 0.32 1.55 $24.42 $50,800
Springfield, MA-CT 120 0.36 1.74 $24.39 $50,740
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 280 0.24 1.13 $24.11 $50,150
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 360 0.61 2.95 $24.07 $50,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.07 0.36 $23.93 $49,780
New Haven, CT 90 0.32 1.56 $23.35 $48,570

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 420 1.95 9.36 $18.16 $37,760
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.57 7.57 $20.21 $42,030
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.88 4.25 $17.74 $36,910
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.38 6.63 $18.15 $37,760
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 0.95 4.56 $18.47 $38,420

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)
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 160 4.80 23.11 $14.16 $29,440
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 420 1.95 9.36 $18.16 $37,760
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.66 8.00 $14.32 $29,790
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.57 7.57 $20.21 $42,030
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.38 6.63 $18.15 $37,760

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.66 3.17 $23.16 $48,180
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.46 2.22 $22.57 $46,940
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.91 $45,580
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.29 $21.41 $44,530
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 0.84 $21.11 $43,910


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.

(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