Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

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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)
44,920 3.5 % $13.90 $28,910 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.73 $9.70 $12.64 $16.87 $23.89
Annual Wage (2) $16,070 $20,180 $26,300 $35,100 $49,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 8,540 $17.15 $35,680 1 3
Plastics product manufacturing 6,240 $10.68 $22,220 2 40
Employment services 5,590 $8.51 $17,700 3 42
Forging and stamping 5,480 $15.47 $32,170 4 7
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 2,070 $12.36 $25,710 5 36

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 40 $21.16 $44,010 38 1
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 700 $18.23 $37,910 10 2
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 8,540 $17.15 $35,680 1 3
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 240 $17.08 $35,530 25 4
Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing 140 $15.85 $32,960 30 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 6,810 $18.21 $37,880 0.156% 304
Ohio 5,290 $14.46 $30,080 0.099% 426
Tennessee 2,380 $10.80 $22,460 0.091% 531
Wisconsin 2,270 $13.68 $28,450 0.084% 444
Indiana 1,920 $14.58 $30,320 0.067% 391

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,920 $19.14 $39,820 0.023% 332
Michigan 6,810 $18.21 $37,880 0.156% 304
Oregon 120 $16.71 $34,760 0.008% 304
Massachusetts 800 $16.58 $34,480 0.025% 400
Alabama 800 $16.19 $33,680 0.044% 270

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 140 $9.24 $19,220 0.321%
Mansfield, OH MSA 220 $17.78 $36,970 0.288%
Jackson, MI MSA 160 $16.77 $34,880 0.277%
Youngstown-Warren, OH MSA 520 $14.88 $30,950 0.230%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 90 $11.69 $24,310 0.175%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Springfield, MA MSA (6) $21.00 $43,670 (6)
Detroit, MI PMSA 2,500 $18.98 $39,480 0.124%
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA (6) $18.06 $37,560 (6)
Mansfield, OH MSA 220 $17.78 $36,970 0.288%
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 390 $17.37 $36,140 0.138%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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