Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.


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)
154,860 1.8 % $16.14 $33,570 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.32 $12.08 $14.95 $19.02 $24.00
Annual Wage (2) $21,470 $25,130 $31,090 $39,550 $49,920


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)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 70,410 12.26 $15.23 $31,680
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 12,620 2.15 $16.36 $34,030
Foundries 11,250 9.71 $17.38 $36,140
Employment Services 8,630 0.24 $13.75 $28,600
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 7,060 2.49 $16.54 $34,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 70,410 12.26 $15.23 $31,680
Foundries 11,250 9.71 $17.38 $36,140
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 580 4.63 $15.45 $32,130
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 6,470 3.61 $17.45 $36,300
Rubber Product Manufacturing 3,540 2.63 $16.42 $34,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $26.35 $54,820
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 200 0.37 $22.92 $47,680
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 190 0.40 $22.54 $46,880
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $20.76 $43,190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 280 0.10 $19.90 $41,390


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)
Ohio 16,220 3.02 2.78 $15.94 $33,150
Michigan 15,000 3.51 3.23 $15.44 $32,120
Indiana 14,670 4.86 4.47 $15.98 $33,240
Wisconsin 9,260 3.28 3.02 $16.88 $35,110
California 8,630 0.52 0.48 $15.71 $32,690




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 14,670 4.86 4.47 $15.98 $33,240
Michigan 15,000 3.51 3.23 $15.44 $32,120
Wisconsin 9,260 3.28 3.02 $16.88 $35,110
Ohio 16,220 3.02 2.78 $15.94 $33,150
Alabama 3,960 2.06 1.89 $15.83 $32,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 100 0.16 0.15 $28.90 $60,100
Maine 200 0.34 0.31 $19.23 $40,000
West Virginia 820 1.19 1.09 $19.08 $39,700
Illinois 5,120 0.86 0.80 $19.02 $39,560
Minnesota 3,070 1.08 1.00 $18.67 $38,830



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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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,980 4.05 3.72 $14.83 $30,840
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 3,220 5.83 5.37 $15.10 $31,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,810 1.07 0.99 $17.56 $36,520
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,610 2.54 2.34 $15.90 $33,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.57 0.52 $13.50 $28,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,460 0.67 0.62 $18.25 $37,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,370 1.23 1.13 $19.66 $40,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,350 2.79 2.57 $17.08 $35,520
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,330 2.26 2.08 $16.71 $34,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,300 0.78 0.72 $14.55 $30,260


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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)
Sheboygan, WI 1,310 22.64 20.84 $17.57 $36,550
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,720 13.55 12.48 $15.52 $32,270
Evansville, IN-KY 1,810 11.75 10.81 $15.11 $31,420
Midland, MI 280 8.01 7.37 $13.15 $27,340
Columbus, IN 350 7.19 6.62 $14.44 $30,030
Greeley, CO 690 7.05 6.49 $16.82 $34,980
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 280 6.49 5.97 $17.13 $35,620
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 400 6.31 5.81 $14.83 $30,850
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 240 6.14 5.65 $15.71 $32,690
Muskegon, MI 370 6.00 5.53 $14.09 $29,320


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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)
Glens Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $25.99 $54,060
Peoria, IL 180 1.07 0.99 $25.08 $52,160
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (8) (8) (8) $24.35 $50,650
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $23.48 $48,830
Sumter, SC 80 2.16 1.99 $22.09 $45,950
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.51 0.47 $22.06 $45,880
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 140 0.67 0.62 $21.21 $44,120
Bellingham, WA 110 1.31 1.21 $20.87 $43,420
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 770 2.15 1.97 $20.84 $43,350
Jackson, MI 100 1.66 1.53 $20.61 $42,860

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 2,910 13.51 12.43 $17.00 $35,370
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,750 10.86 10.00 $16.85 $35,050
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 2,220 6.69 6.16 $14.91 $31,010
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,300 6.25 5.76 $16.46 $34,230
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,070 6.77 6.23 $16.85 $35,050

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 2,910 13.51 12.43 $17.00 $35,370
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 2,750 10.86 10.00 $16.85 $35,050
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,010 7.16 6.59 $15.14 $31,490
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,070 6.77 6.23 $16.85 $35,050
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 2,220 6.69 6.16 $14.91 $31,010

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 190 1.42 1.31 $22.48 $46,760
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.16 $21.72 $45,180
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 410 3.47 3.19 $21.05 $43,790
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.85 0.78 $20.39 $42,420
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 2.03 1.87 $19.76 $41,110


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