Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
40,140 3.4 % $18.31 $38,080 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.31 $14.04 $17.70 $22.03 $26.53
Annual Wage (2) $23,520 $29,210 $36,810 $45,820 $55,180


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 11,950 3.19 $17.68 $36,770
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,820 2.46 $17.50 $36,410
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,190 1.19 $18.90 $39,310
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,850 0.33 $17.51 $36,420
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 1,770 0.71 $19.75 $41,080

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 11,950 3.19 $17.68 $36,770
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,820 2.46 $17.50 $36,410
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,230 1.23 $19.62 $40,800
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,190 1.19 $18.90 $39,310
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 650 1.08 $17.85 $37,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,500 0.31 $22.44 $46,680
Forging and Stamping 990 0.98 $22.30 $46,390
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 250 0.25 $21.81 $45,370
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 1,770 0.71 $19.75 $41,080
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,230 1.23 $19.62 $40,800


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)
Texas 6,570 0.57 1.95 $18.14 $37,730
California 4,990 0.32 1.11 $17.95 $37,340
Ohio 2,710 0.51 1.76 $18.55 $38,570
Michigan 2,500 0.60 2.07 $16.35 $34,010
Pennsylvania 2,450 0.43 1.48 $17.63 $36,670



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)
Connecticut 1,320 0.79 2.72 $18.21 $37,880
Indiana 2,010 0.68 2.35 $18.29 $38,050
Michigan 2,500 0.60 2.07 $16.35 $34,010
Vermont 180 0.59 2.01 $15.76 $32,770
Texas 6,570 0.57 1.95 $18.14 $37,730



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 170 0.10 0.33 $24.20 $50,330
Massachusetts 1,000 0.29 1.01 $23.37 $48,610
Virginia 360 0.10 0.34 $22.96 $47,760
Maine 60 0.11 0.36 $21.04 $43,770
Maryland 130 0.05 0.17 $19.97 $41,530




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,480 1.19 4.08 $17.29 $35,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.39 1.33 $18.57 $38,630
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.77 2.65 $16.56 $34,440
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.30 1.03 $19.18 $39,900
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 950 0.93 3.19 $17.33 $36,040
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 870 0.74 2.55 $14.68 $30,530
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 780 0.93 3.21 $18.83 $39,160
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 660 1.14 3.90 $19.61 $40,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 570 0.23 0.79 $19.04 $39,610
Pittsburgh, PA 570 0.50 1.73 $16.68 $34,690



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 210 4.36 14.97 $15.90 $33,080
Burlington, NC 180 3.06 10.51 $11.26 $23,430
Asheville, NC 300 1.68 5.78 $18.33 $38,130
Battle Creek, MI 80 1.53 5.27 $16.01 $33,300
Jackson, MI 90 1.50 5.15 $18.58 $38,650
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 70 1.37 4.70 $14.38 $29,910
Rockford, IL 200 1.33 4.58 $19.62 $40,810
Johnson City, TN 90 1.21 4.17 $17.29 $35,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,480 1.19 4.08 $17.29 $35,970
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 660 1.14 3.90 $19.61 $40,790



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 130 0.12 0.42 $24.64 $51,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.51 $23.78 $49,460
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.13 $23.24 $48,350
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.04 0.14 $22.81 $47,450
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.25 0.87 $22.59 $46,990
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $22.58 $46,970
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $22.35 $46,480
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 40 0.17 0.57 $21.87 $45,500
Springfield, MA-CT 300 0.95 3.25 $21.78 $45,310
Appleton, WI 80 0.67 2.30 $21.66 $45,050

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 380 1.79 6.16 $18.27 $38,010
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 2.12 7.28 $14.22 $29,580
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 330 1.21 4.15 $15.36 $31,940
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 260 0.78 2.67 $19.74 $41,060
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 240 1.52 5.24 $18.61 $38,700

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)
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 130 3.86 13.26 $13.76 $28,620
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 3.60 12.36 $16.37 $34,060
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 2.12 7.28 $14.22 $29,580
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 380 1.79 6.16 $18.27 $38,010
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.67 5.75 $15.41 $32,050

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)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.86 $43,380
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.45 $20.46 $42,550
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 240 0.96 3.30 $20.17 $41,960
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 1.45 $20.14 $41,900
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 260 0.78 2.67 $19.74 $41,060


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016