Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material. Exclude "Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7041 through 51-7042), "Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4031), and "Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-6062).

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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)
75,430 2.2 % $12.86 $26,760 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $9.69 $12.35 $15.62 $18.58
Annual Wage (2) $16,490 $20,150 $25,690 $32,490 $38,640

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
Converted paper product manufacturing 12,550 $13.81 $28,720 1 20
Printing and related support activities 10,430 $13.89 $28,900 2 18
Plastics product manufacturing 4,540 $12.04 $25,050 3 42
Rubber product manufacturing 4,280 $13.12 $27,280 4 27
Other food manufacturing 3,350 $11.46 $23,840 5 50

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 40 $25.17 $52,360 79 1
Other chemical product and preparation mfg. 900 $18.07 $37,580 16 2
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 160 $18.04 $37,530 56 3
Tobacco manufacturing 740 $16.96 $35,280 17 4
Grain and oilseed milling 120 $15.96 $33,200 66 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
Vermont 490 $12.33 $25,640 0.167% 354
Wisconsin 3,720 $12.48 $25,950 0.138% 501
Georgia 4,610 $12.61 $26,230 0.122% 450
Mississippi 1,230 $11.14 $23,160 0.113% 435
Kentucky 1,930 $14.29 $29,720 0.112% 306

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 2,230 $14.79 $30,760 0.051% 439
Massachusetts 2,310 $14.58 $30,320 0.072% 469
Connecticut 960 $14.57 $30,310 0.058% 419
Kentucky 1,930 $14.29 $29,720 0.112% 306
Minnesota 1,880 $14.18 $29,490 0.072% 450

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
Sheboygan, WI MSA 340 $12.50 $25,990 0.585%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 240 $14.30 $29,730 0.407%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 620 $14.24 $29,610 0.314%
Wausau, WI MSA 210 $12.21 $25,390 0.313%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 360 $10.95 $22,780 0.220%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 30 $17.60 $36,620 0.012%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 40 $16.81 $34,960 0.020%
Huntsville, AL MSA 80 $16.71 $34,750 0.046%
Fort Wayne, IN MSA 280 $15.91 $33,090 0.108%
Gary, IN PMSA 160 $15.87 $33,010 0.065%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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