Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


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)
194,670 1.6 % $15.88 $33,030 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.00 $12.10 $15.04 $18.73 $23.25
Annual Wage (2) $20,800 $25,160 $31,280 $38,960 $48,350


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 21,580 0.60 $12.89 $26,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 19,910 3.55 $16.25 $33,800
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,400 5.27 $15.97 $33,210
Plastics Product Manufacturing 14,370 2.60 $14.85 $30,890
Forging and Stamping 13,290 13.22 $15.37 $31,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Forging and Stamping 13,290 13.22 $15.37 $31,970
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 3,330 7.72 $15.48 $32,190
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,830 6.51 $16.40 $34,120
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,560 5.91 $16.90 $35,160
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,400 5.27 $15.97 $33,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 3,100 1.51 $26.21 $54,510
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $21.46 $44,640
Building Equipment Contractors 190 0.01 $19.85 $41,290
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,050 0.42 $19.53 $40,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $19.51 $40,580


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 18,180 3.44 2.44 $15.67 $32,600
Michigan 18,030 4.35 3.08 $16.71 $34,750
Texas 14,550 1.26 0.89 $14.97 $31,140
California 13,120 0.85 0.60 $15.54 $32,320
Indiana 11,690 3.97 2.81 $14.65 $30,470



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 18,030 4.35 3.08 $16.71 $34,750
Indiana 11,690 3.97 2.81 $14.65 $30,470
Kentucky 6,570 3.58 2.53 $18.43 $38,330
Ohio 18,180 3.44 2.44 $15.67 $32,600
Minnesota 9,160 3.31 2.34 $15.88 $33,030



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,520 0.85 0.60 $19.04 $39,600
Kentucky 6,570 3.58 2.53 $18.43 $38,330
South Carolina 2,770 1.43 1.02 $18.07 $37,590
Wyoming 50 0.18 0.13 $17.93 $37,300
Massachusetts 2,640 0.78 0.55 $17.55 $36,500




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-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,900 1.65 1.17 $16.49 $34,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,660 3.01 2.13 $15.02 $31,230
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 4,850 4.14 2.93 $17.71 $36,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,380 1.50 1.06 $14.92 $31,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,990 0.97 0.69 $13.93 $28,970
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 3,710 5.11 3.62 $20.13 $41,880
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 3,270 3.21 2.27 $15.16 $31,530
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 3,140 5.02 3.56 $21.68 $45,100
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,130 1.34 0.95 $14.83 $30,850
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,540 3.05 2.16 $17.22 $35,830