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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.


National estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Industry profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Geographic profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

National estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
69,300 2.7 % $ 18.75 $ 38,990 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.82 $ 14.83 $ 18.05 $ 22.28 $ 26.32
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,660 $ 30,850 $ 37,530 $ 46,330 $ 54,750


Industry profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 34,000 6.06 $ 18.46 $ 38,390
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 4,970 8.43 $ 21.70 $ 45,140
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,940 7.18 $ 18.26 $ 37,970
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,360 6.02 $ 18.02 $ 37,470
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 3,200 2.32 $ 18.78 $ 39,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 4,970 8.43 $ 21.70 $ 45,140
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,940 7.18 $ 18.26 $ 37,970
Plastics Product Manufacturing 34,000 6.06 $ 18.46 $ 38,390
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,360 6.02 $ 18.02 $ 37,470
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 3,200 2.32 $ 18.78 $ 39,060

Top paying industries for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 520 0.63 $ 24.35 $ 50,640
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 180 0.03 $ 22.36 $ 46,520
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 410 0.13 $ 21.74 $ 45,210
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 4,970 8.43 $ 21.70 $ 45,140
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $ 21.39 $ 44,500


Geographic profile for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,380 0.39 0.78 $ 17.20 $ 35,780
Ohio 5,090 0.99 1.99 $ 17.89 $ 37,220
Texas 4,900 0.40 0.81 $ 18.34 $ 38,150
Indiana 4,320 1.48 2.97 $ 18.07 $ 37,590
Wisconsin 3,910 1.44 2.90 $ 21.14 $ 43,970




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 4,320 1.48 2.97 $ 18.07 $ 37,590
Wisconsin 3,910 1.44 2.90 $ 21.14 $ 43,970
Arkansas 1,500 1.28 2.56 $ 18.33 $ 38,130
Ohio 5,090 0.99 1.99 $ 17.89 $ 37,220
Alabama 1,850 0.97 1.95 $ 16.13 $ 33,550




Top paying states for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 1,830 0.91 1.82 $ 22.37 $ 46,540
Rhode Island 310 0.70 1.41 $ 22.28 $ 46,350
Illinois 2,640 0.47 0.94 $ 21.35 $ 44,410
Connecticut 1,250 0.81 1.62 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
West Virginia 190 0.28 0.57 $ 21.33 $ 44,360





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,460 0.59 1.19 $ 17.01 $ 35,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,330 0.89 1.78 $ 19.53 $ 40,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,970 0.22 0.45 $ 17.41 $ 36,210
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,860 0.43 0.85 $ 19.28 $ 40,110
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,650 0.46 0.92 $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,590 0.53 1.07 $ 18.61 $ 38,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,220 0.66 1.33 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,150 0.77 1.55 $ 16.97 $ 35,300
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,120 0.92 1.85 $ 19.50 $ 40,560
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 930 6.47 12.98 $ 15.98 $ 33,240




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 930 6.47 12.98 $ 15.98 $ 33,240
Terre Haute, IN 360 5.66 11.35 $ 20.54 $ 42,720
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 500 5.47 10.98 $ 24.53 $ 51,010
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 280 5.44 10.91 $ 19.26 $ 40,060
Janesville-Beloit, WI 260 4.09 8.21 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Fort Wayne, IN 820 3.99 8.01 $ 19.04 $ 39,610
Evansville, IN-KY 520 3.57 7.16 $ 16.88 $ 35,110
Williamsport, PA 160 3.47 6.96 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 740 3.06 6.13 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Eau Claire, WI 240 3.00 6.02 $ 20.15 $ 41,910




Top paying metropolitan areas for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 170 0.50 1.00 $ 28.67 $ 59,630
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $ 25.25 $ 52,510
Trenton, NJ 30 0.14 0.28 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 500 5.47 10.98 $ 24.53 $ 51,010
Albany, OR 60 1.47 2.96 $ 24.37 $ 50,680
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 0.08 $ 23.77 $ 49,450
Reading, PA 240 1.45 2.92 $ 23.19 $ 48,230
Spartanburg, SC 170 1.08 2.17 $ 23.14 $ 48,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 800 0.62 1.24 $ 23.13 $ 48,100
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) (8) (8) $ 22.88 $ 47,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 610 1.94 3.90 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 600 2.53 5.08 $ 18.09 $ 37,640
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 510 3.00 6.02 $ 22.80 $ 47,410
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 3.03 6.08 $ 18.16 $ 37,780
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 420 2.35 4.72 $ 18.85 $ 39,210

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 380 7.36 14.78 $ 23.04 $ 47,930
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 360 5.41 10.86 $ 18.38 $ 38,220
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 3.03 6.08 $ 18.16 $ 37,780
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 510 3.00 6.02 $ 22.80 $ 47,410
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 600 2.53 5.08 $ 18.09 $ 37,640

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.46 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 380 7.36 14.78 $ 23.04 $ 47,930
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 510 3.00 6.02 $ 22.80 $ 47,410
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 390 1.86 3.73 $ 22.58 $ 46,970
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 360 2.49 5.00 $ 22.56 $ 46,930


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021