Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
42,570 3.1 % $17.96 $37,360 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.09 $13.81 $17.43 $21.59 $25.88
Annual Wage (2) $23,070 $28,710 $36,260 $44,910 $53,830


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 13,300 3.58 $17.71 $36,830
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,490 2.34 $16.61 $34,540
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,700 1.49 $18.71 $38,920
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 2,140 0.85 $18.34 $38,150
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,840 0.34 $17.32 $36,020

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 13,300 3.58 $17.71 $36,830
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,490 2.34 $16.61 $34,540
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 700 1.64 $16.11 $33,510
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,700 1.49 $18.71 $38,920
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,400 1.42 $20.23 $42,080

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 1,700 0.35 $22.59 $46,980
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 40 0.05 $22.59 $46,980
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 240 0.24 $22.02 $45,790
Hardware Manufacturing 30 0.14 $21.70 $45,130
Ship and Boat Building 50 0.03 $21.17 $44,020


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 6,520 0.58 1.84 $17.10 $35,570
California 4,610 0.30 0.97 $18.26 $37,980
Ohio 3,520 0.68 2.15 $18.44 $38,360
Illinois 2,770 0.48 1.52 $18.47 $38,420
Pennsylvania 2,610 0.46 1.46 $17.98 $37,400



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 1,330 0.81 2.57 $18.18 $37,820
Vermont 220 0.74 2.35 $16.07 $33,430
Ohio 3,520 0.68 2.15 $18.44 $38,360
Michigan 2,390 0.59 1.86 $16.92 $35,200
Texas 6,520 0.58 1.84 $17.10 $35,570



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,040 0.31 1.00 $23.62 $49,130
Oregon 260 0.16 0.49 $23.33 $48,520
New Hampshire 200 0.33 1.03 $20.48 $42,600
Virginia 380 0.10 0.33 $20.20 $42,020
Minnesota 560 0.21 0.65 $19.59 $40,750




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,180 1.12 3.55 $15.33 $31,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.43 1.38 $18.68 $38,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.46 1.46 $18.68 $38,860
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,410 1.39 4.40 $17.80 $37,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.71 2.25 $16.80 $34,940
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 790 0.69 2.20 $17.62 $36,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 770 0.93 2.96 $17.82 $37,060
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 750 1.32 4.19 $19.58 $40,720
Pittsburgh, PA 580 0.52 1.64 $17.88 $37,200
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 510 0.50 1.60 $19.33 $40,200



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)
Waterbury, CT 300 4.78 15.18 $12.18 $25,320
Columbus, IN 170 3.55 11.28 $15.19 $31,590
Joplin, MO 210 2.65 8.43 $15.59 $32,420
Burlington, NC 140 2.46 7.81 $10.06 $20,930
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 230 1.95 6.19 $14.19 $29,510
Rockford, IL 270 1.85 5.89 $17.96 $37,350
Battle Creek, MI 100 1.80 5.72 (8) (8)
Erie, PA 180 1.40 4.44 $17.33 $36,040
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,410 1.39 4.40 $17.80 $37,030
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 750 1.32 4.19 $19.58 $40,720



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)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 110 1.05 3.33 $32.76 $68,140
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.05 $52,110
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.47 $24.45 $50,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.20 0.64 $23.93 $49,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.04 0.13 $23.19 $48,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.20 0.65 $22.94 $47,720
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.26 0.82 $22.52 $46,840
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.36 1.13 $22.18 $46,130
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $22.11 $45,980
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 100 0.21 0.67 $22.00 $45,760

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 410 1.39 4.42 $14.37 $29,880
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 370 2.36 7.50 $15.45 $32,140
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.09 3.44 $18.67 $38,820
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 240 1.01 3.19 $18.21 $37,890
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.07 3.38 $17.45 $36,300

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)
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 3.93 12.48 $15.90 $33,080
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 370 2.36 7.50 $15.45 $32,140
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.54 4.88 $15.32 $31,860
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 4.82 $15.41 $32,050
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.45 4.60 $17.51 $36,430

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.15 $44,000
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 2.15 $20.72 $43,090
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 1.57 $20.26 $42,140
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 190 1.17 3.71 $19.57 $40,700
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.85 $19.25 $40,030


About May 2014 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 mean 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015