Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-4199 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.


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)
22,930 3.9 % $17.20 $35,780 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.01 $12.00 $16.00 $21.23 $27.16
Annual Wage (2) $20,810 $24,960 $33,280 $44,160 $56,490


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)
Employment Services 7,460 0.21 $15.64 $32,530
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,440 0.25 $14.86 $30,900
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 1,270 2.97 $13.85 $28,800
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.21 $23.85 $49,610
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 900 0.24 $15.61 $32,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 1,270 2.97 $13.85 $28,800
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 840 1.40 $18.18 $37,810
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 580 0.69 $19.86 $41,300
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 390 0.66 (8) (8)
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 220 0.39 (8) (8)

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) 640 0.03 $26.54 $55,200
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $25.40 $52,830
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 50 0.04 $24.37 $50,690
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,200 0.21 $23.85 $49,610
Ship and Boat Building 230 0.17 $22.97 $47,770


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 2,730 0.17 1.05 $16.72 $34,780
Oregon 1,970 1.10 6.72 $13.82 $28,750
Ohio 1,450 0.27 1.66 $18.42 $38,320
Michigan 1,260 0.30 1.83 $20.44 $42,520
Texas 1,240 0.11 0.65 $19.49 $40,530




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)
New Hampshire 720 1.12 6.85 $15.42 $32,080
Oregon 1,970 1.10 6.72 $13.82 $28,750
Iowa 1,100 0.72 4.41 $17.31 $36,010
Missouri 1,090 0.40 2.42 $13.75 $28,600
Vermont 100 0.32 1.98 $17.91 $37,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana (8) (8) (8) $23.32 $48,510
North Carolina 330 0.08 0.48 $22.37 $46,540
Virginia 280 0.07 0.45 $21.18 $44,050
Massachusetts 220 0.06 0.39 $20.67 $43,000
Michigan 1,260 0.30 1.83 $20.44 $42,520





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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,170 1.03 6.31 $14.14 $29,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.14 0.88 $16.46 $34,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 600 0.31 1.89 $18.00 $37,440
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.38 2.32 $16.26 $33,820
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 590 0.56 3.44 $22.76 $47,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 460 0.07 0.42 $16.21 $33,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.19 1.16 $17.08 $35,530
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 360 0.26 1.58 $15.15 $31,500
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 320 0.31 1.90 $14.60 $30,380
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 320 0.23 1.42 $15.64 $32,520




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)
Albany, OR 80 1.81 11.08 $28.09 $58,440
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 200 1.57 9.59 $15.22 $31,660
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,170 1.03 6.31 $14.14 $29,410
Cedar Rapids, IA 110 0.77 4.74 $22.12 $46,020
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 90 0.71 4.32 $17.76 $36,940
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 100 0.64 3.90 $24.92 $51,830
Reading, PA 100 0.57 3.48 $18.88 $39,260
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 590 0.56 3.44 $22.76 $47,340
Wilmington, NC 60 0.49 3.01 $24.59 $51,140
York-Hanover, PA 70 0.40 2.46 $12.51 $26,010




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)
Albany, OR 80 1.81 11.08 $28.09 $58,440
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 100 0.64 3.90 $24.92 $51,830
Wilmington, NC 60 0.49 3.01 $24.59 $51,140
Mobile, AL 40 0.22 1.37 $24.20 $50,340
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.18 $24.18 $50,300
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 590 0.56 3.44 $22.76 $47,340
Cedar Rapids, IA 110 0.77 4.74 $22.12 $46,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 0.55 $21.09 $43,880
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 0.87 $20.81 $43,290
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 0.51 $20.54 $42,720

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)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 310 1.91 11.67 $10.59 $22,040
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.76 4.64 $15.92 $33,120
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 5.97 $22.05 $45,860
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 2.32 $15.56 $32,370
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 70 0.21 1.31 $12.87 $26,760

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)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 310 1.91 11.67 $10.59 $22,040
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 5.97 $22.05 $45,860
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.76 4.64 $15.92 $33,120
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 2.82 $14.66 $30,480
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.36 $14.72 $30,630

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.40 $50,750
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.31 $46,400
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 5.97 $22.05 $45,860
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 2.23 $21.49 $44,700
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.88 $18.91 $39,330


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017