Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
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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)
70,300 2.6 % $15.04 $31,290 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.41 $11.47 $14.57 $17.88 $22.00
Annual Wage (2) $19,580 $23,850 $30,300 $37,190 $45,770

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
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 15,990 $14.61 $30,380 1 30
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 9,790 $16.74 $34,810 2 9
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 7,040 $14.66 $30,480 3 29
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 3,570 $15.09 $31,380 4 22
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 3,520 $15.76 $32,780 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building foundation and exterior contractors 50 $26.03 $54,140 49 1
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. 30 $24.47 $50,900 52 2
Rubber product manufacturing 810 $18.40 $38,270 19 3
Glass and glass product manufacturing 180 $17.67 $36,760 37 4
Motor vehicle manufacturing 50 $17.27 $35,920 47 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
Ohio 8,820 $16.07 $33,420 0.165% 421
Indiana 4,010 $16.13 $33,540 0.141% 374
Wisconsin 3,150 $15.56 $32,360 0.117% 411
Michigan 4,890 $18.13 $37,720 0.113% 344
Connecticut 1,860 $16.50 $34,320 0.113% 402

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maryland 520 $18.47 $38,410 0.021% 317
Michigan 4,890 $18.13 $37,720 0.113% 344
Delaware 50 $17.65 $36,720 0.012% 245
Massachusetts 1,490 $17.53 $36,460 0.047% 404
Washington 310 $17.19 $35,750 0.012% 426

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
Muncie, IN MSA 320 $21.99 $45,740 0.599%
Mansfield, OH MSA 430 $14.91 $31,010 0.563%
Rockford, IL MSA 760 $15.74 $32,740 0.453%
Fort Wayne, IN MSA 810 $16.14 $33,580 0.313%
Erie, PA MSA 360 $14.35 $29,850 0.283%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Muncie, IN MSA 320 $21.99 $45,740 0.599%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 170 $21.14 $43,970 0.098%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 280 $20.45 $42,540 0.172%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 120 $19.63 $40,840 0.052%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 960 $19.40 $40,350 0.213%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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