Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-4061 Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Include template makers.

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Industry 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)
7,900 3.8 % $20.98 $43,630 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.30 $14.13 $20.90 $28.49 $32.52
Annual Wage (2) $21,410 $29,390 $43,470 $59,270 $67,630

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 1,270 $14.07 $29,260 1 31
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 600 $25.28 $52,580 2 1
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 560 $19.34 $40,230 3 13
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 440 $23.22 $48,290 4 4
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 370 $17.42 $36,230 5 22

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 600 $25.28 $52,580 2 1
Household appliance manufacturing 140 $25.06 $52,120 10 2
Management of companies and enterprises 60 $23.94 $49,800 15 3
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 440 $23.22 $48,290 4 4
Turbine and power transmission equipment mfg. (6) $23.17 $48,190 (6) 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 120 $19.74 $41,060 0.025% 223
New Hampshire 100 $17.01 $35,380 0.017% 269
Indiana 400 $22.24 $46,260 0.014% 172
Wisconsin 260 $20.18 $41,980 0.010% 251
Ohio 520 $23.99 $49,910 0.010% 168

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 80 $24.31 $50,570 0.005% 199
Ohio 520 $23.99 $49,910 0.010% 168
Maryland 40 $23.60 $49,080 0.002% 190
Indiana 400 $22.24 $46,260 0.014% 172
Mississippi (6) $21.82 $45,380 (6) 119

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
Racine, WI PMSA 140 $21.57 $44,860 0.185%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 60 $28.32 $58,910 0.095%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 190 $20.14 $41,880 0.036%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 150 $25.48 $53,000 0.033%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 160 $25.58 $53,210 0.030%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 60 $28.32 $58,910 0.095%
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 60 $27.73 $57,680 0.009%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 160 $25.58 $53,210 0.030%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 150 $25.48 $53,000 0.033%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 40 $23.27 $48,410 0.003%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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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