Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
93,600 2.4 % $13.08 $27,210 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.33 $10.19 $12.72 $15.46 $18.07
Annual Wage (2) $17,340 $21,200 $26,450 $32,170 $37,580

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
Plastics product manufacturing 32,060 $12.47 $25,930 1 40
Other nonferrous metal production 8,220 $14.43 $30,010 2 14
Employment services 5,950 $8.52 $17,720 3 61
Other electrical equipment and component mfg. 4,560 $13.70 $28,500 4 21
Steel product mfg. from purchased steel 4,170 $14.56 $30,280 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other miscellaneous store retailers (6) $30.46 $63,360 (6) 1
Federal government (OES designation) 30 $19.98 $41,550 55 2
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 840 $18.38 $38,230 18 3
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 280 $17.20 $35,770 33 4
Printing and related support activities 130 $16.88 $35,110 43 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
Rhode Island 1,090 $13.77 $28,650 0.230% 379
Indiana 6,370 $13.71 $28,520 0.223% 471
Tennessee 5,210 $12.62 $26,240 0.199% 485
Arkansas 2,120 $13.12 $27,280 0.190% 343
Kentucky 2,750 $13.47 $28,030 0.160% 402

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 100 $17.94 $37,320 0.014% 220
Massachusetts 2,900 $16.33 $33,960 0.091% 444
Delaware 290 $15.02 $31,230 0.072% 312
Pennsylvania 4,610 $14.71 $30,600 0.084% 456
South Carolina 1,290 $14.60 $30,370 0.073% 334

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
Decatur, AL MSA 450 $13.63 $28,360 0.849%
Jackson, TN MSA 440 $12.57 $26,150 0.777%
Williamsport, PA MSA 360 $12.17 $25,310 0.706%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 360 $12.78 $26,580 0.687%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 790 $13.16 $27,360 0.684%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 340 $22.83 $47,490 0.149%
Reading, PA MSA 270 $18.84 $39,180 0.171%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 590 $17.18 $35,740 0.055%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 850 $16.54 $34,410 0.044%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 60 $16.38 $34,070 0.026%

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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) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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