Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
29,510 4.0 % $19.76 $41,090 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.50 $15.04 $18.84 $23.54 $28.83
Annual Wage (2) $26,000 $31,270 $39,180 $48,970 $59,960


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 10,860 3.04 $19.07 $39,660
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,190 0.88 $19.31 $40,160
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 3,250 0.45 $20.35 $42,330
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,440 0.24 $17.77 $36,950
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,430 0.29 $24.21 $50,350

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 10,860 3.04 $19.07 $39,660
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,020 1.08 $23.04 $47,920
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,190 0.88 $19.31 $40,160
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 370 0.78 $18.65 $38,790
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,120 0.62 $19.22 $39,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $25.46 $52,960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,430 0.29 $24.21 $50,350
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $23.19 $48,240
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,020 1.08 $23.04 $47,920
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 50 0.03 $22.49 $46,780


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 3,520 0.21 1.01 $19.37 $40,280
Michigan 3,350 0.78 3.81 $18.67 $38,830
Illinois 2,980 0.50 2.44 $20.45 $42,540
Ohio 2,130 0.39 1.93 $19.32 $40,190
Texas 2,080 0.17 0.84 $19.33 $40,200




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 3,350 0.78 3.81 $18.67 $38,830
Indiana 2,030 0.67 3.26 $19.80 $41,180
Connecticut 920 0.55 2.71 $22.17 $46,110
Illinois 2,980 0.50 2.44 $20.45 $42,540
Oklahoma 660 0.42 2.04 $19.76 $41,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 100 0.05 0.26 $26.03 $54,150
Massachusetts 750 0.21 1.03 $24.40 $50,760
North Carolina 660 0.15 0.74 $22.69 $47,200
Utah 120 0.08 0.41 $22.66 $47,130
Arizona 210 0.08 0.37 $22.64 $47,100





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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,280 0.49 2.41 $20.16 $41,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,010 0.33 1.61 $19.56 $40,690
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,190 0.61 2.97 $18.73 $38,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,020 0.34 1.67 $19.44 $40,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 880 0.09 0.45 $20.54 $42,730
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 880 0.85 4.15 $19.59 $40,760
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 600 0.22 1.07 $24.32 $50,580
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 510 0.60 2.94 $20.86 $43,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 480 0.14 0.67 $20.06 $41,720
Rochester, NY 460 0.89 4.36 $19.43 $40,410




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 190 3.72 18.25 $16.76 $34,860
Racine, WI 110 1.41 6.90 $17.92 $37,270
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 70 1.35 6.61 $18.31 $38,080
Mansfield, OH 60 1.16 5.68 $17.23 $35,840
Rockford, IL 150 0.98 4.78 $21.01 $43,690
Rochester, NY 460 0.89 4.36 $19.43 $40,410
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 120 0.88 4.33 $18.16 $37,770
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 880 0.85 4.15 $19.59 $40,760
St. Cloud, MN 90 0.83 4.05 $19.11 $39,740
Fort Wayne, IN 170 0.80 3.92 $18.92 $39,360




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 0.27 $29.28 $60,910
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 350 0.60 2.93 $26.56 $55,240
Columbia, SC (8) (8) (8) $26.48 $55,090
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 600 0.22 1.07 $24.32 $50,580
Elkhart-Goshen, IN (8) (8) (8) $24.18 $50,300
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 380 0.36 1.79 $24.17 $50,260
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.25 1.22 $23.64 $49,170
New Haven, CT 70 0.24 1.17 $23.32 $48,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 0.20 $23.30 $48,450
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 200 0.17 0.83 $23.26 $48,380

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 530 2.46 12.06 $16.77 $34,870
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 280 1.02 5.01 $16.33 $33,970
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.56 7.66 $20.78 $43,220
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 2.03 9.94 $15.52 $32,280
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 3.82 $21.31 $44,320

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 530 2.46 12.06 $16.77 $34,870
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 2.03 9.94 $15.52 $32,280
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.56 7.66 $20.78 $43,220
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 50 1.45 7.13 $13.12 $27,280
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 280 1.02 5.01 $16.33 $33,970

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 120 0.72 3.52 $25.31 $52,650
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.60 $44,930
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 3.82 $21.31 $44,320
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 2.72 $20.89 $43,440
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.56 7.66 $20.78 $43,220


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019