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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
19,690 3.7 % $ 21.28 $ 44,270 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.29 $ 17.67 $ 21.27 $ 23.52 $ 29.24
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,720 $ 36,750 $ 44,240 $ 48,920 $ 60,820


Industry profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 6,710 2.06 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,160 0.48 $ 19.91 $ 41,400
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 1,880 0.27 $ 22.29 $ 46,360
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,450 0.31 $ 26.10 $ 54,290
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,090 0.20 $ 21.05 $ 43,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 6,710 2.06 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 500 0.57 $ 22.97 $ 47,770
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 800 0.50 $ 21.93 $ 45,610
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,160 0.48 $ 19.91 $ 41,400
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 180 0.35 $ 21.70 $ 45,130

Top paying industries for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 32.77 $ 68,150
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 26.80 $ 55,740
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 140 0.18 $ 26.73 $ 55,600
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 26.59 $ 55,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,450 0.31 $ 26.10 $ 54,290


Geographic profile for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,940 0.18 1.27 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Michigan 2,000 0.49 3.53 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Ohio 1,700 0.33 2.34 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Texas 1,690 0.14 0.99 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Indiana 1,630 0.55 3.91 $ 20.72 $ 43,090


Map of location quotient of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,300 0.83 5.93 $ 21.87 $ 45,500
Indiana 1,630 0.55 3.91 $ 20.72 $ 43,090
Michigan 2,000 0.49 3.53 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Ohio 1,700 0.33 2.34 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Tennessee 900 0.30 2.16 $ 17.43 $ 36,260


Map of annual mean wages of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.65 $ 25.45 $ 52,940
Georgia 60 0.01 0.10 $ 25.00 $ 52,000
Minnesota 300 0.11 0.80 $ 24.41 $ 50,780
Oregon 90 0.05 0.34 $ 23.82 $ 49,550
California 2,940 0.18 1.27 $ 23.68 $ 49,250



Map of employment of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,230 0.21 1.54 $ 22.78 $ 47,380
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 880 0.49 3.50 $ 20.49 $ 42,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 710 0.25 1.75 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 650 0.67 4.83 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 420 0.12 0.85 $ 20.15 $ 41,910
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 420 0.10 0.71 $ 24.06 $ 50,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 410 0.05 0.34 $ 21.14 $ 43,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.26 1.85 $ 20.76 $ 43,190
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 320 0.32 2.28 $ 21.43 $ 44,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 2.09 $ 29.52 $ 61,400


Map of location quotient of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, IN 240 4.89 35.00 $ 18.31 $ 38,080
Battle Creek, MI 60 1.11 7.95 $ 19.78 $ 41,150
Jackson, MI 60 1.08 7.70 $ 18.31 $ 38,080
Rockford, IL 110 0.82 5.85 $ 22.99 $ 47,810
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 650 0.67 4.83 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 80 0.67 4.80 $ 21.07 $ 43,830
Peoria, IL 100 0.65 4.63 $ 22.55 $ 46,910
Springfield, MA-CT 200 0.64 4.54 $ 25.49 $ 53,010
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 270 0.54 3.84 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Fort Wayne, IN 100 0.50 3.59 $ 20.06 $ 41,730


Map of annual mean wages of lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 2.09 $ 29.52 $ 61,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 310 0.14 0.98 $ 27.21 $ 56,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 0.51 $ 26.60 $ 55,320
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.05 0.37 $ 25.55 $ 53,140
Springfield, MA-CT 200 0.64 4.54 $ 25.49 $ 53,010
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 150 0.19 1.34 $ 24.89 $ 51,780
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.40 2.89 $ 24.74 $ 51,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 1.12 $ 24.64 $ 51,260
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 24.36 $ 50,660
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 0.50 $ 24.07 $ 50,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 410 2.02 14.44 $ 20.77 $ 43,210
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.34 9.60 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 190 0.60 4.27 $ 21.24 $ 44,170
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 8.55 $ 14.32 $ 29,790
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.65 4.67 $ 23.34 $ 48,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 410 2.02 14.44 $ 20.77 $ 43,210
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.34 9.60 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.28 9.14 $ 17.98 $ 37,390
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 160 1.20 8.55 $ 14.32 $ 29,790
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.75 5.35 $ 18.33 $ 38,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.52 $ 23.41 $ 48,700
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.65 4.67 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 5.30 $ 23.11 $ 48,070
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.16 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 3.64 $ 21.39 $ 44,480


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