Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-7041 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. Include head sawyers.

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)
55,130 2.8 % $11.12 $23,130 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.32 $8.70 $10.65 $13.18 $15.92
Annual Wage (2) $15,230 $18,100 $22,160 $27,420 $33,110

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
Other wood product manufacturing 15,000 $10.57 $21,980 1 26
Sawmills and wood preservation 13,050 $12.00 $24,960 2 10
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 10,970 $10.58 $22,000 3 25
Plywood and engineered wood product mfg. 6,010 $11.39 $23,690 4 16
Office furniture and fixtures manufacturing 2,080 $11.75 $24,440 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills (6) $17.19 $35,760 (6) 1
Specialized freight trucking (6) $14.44 $30,040 (6) 2
Steel product mfg. from purchased steel 30 $13.39 $27,860 24 3
Nonresidential building construction 90 $13.33 $27,730 17 4
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing (6) $12.80 $26,630 (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
Mississippi 3,230 $10.60 $22,050 0.298% 510
Montana 640 $12.60 $26,210 0.162% 380
Idaho 890 $11.70 $24,330 0.157% 429
Arkansas 1,730 $10.48 $21,800 0.155% 490
Oregon 2,380 $13.27 $27,610 0.154% 455

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 40 $15.85 $32,970 0.014% 334
Connecticut 130 $14.47 $30,100 0.008% 462
New Jersey 270 $14.44 $30,030 0.007% 507
Massachusetts 250 $14.13 $29,390 0.008% 531
Washington 1,690 $14.04 $29,210 0.066% 547

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
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 640 $10.23 $21,280 0.554%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 750 $11.01 $22,890 0.459%
Medford-Ashland, OR MSA 210 $15.40 $32,020 0.289%
Rapid City, SD MSA 90 $11.74 $24,430 0.187%
Danville, VA MSA 80 $13.91 $28,930 0.185%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 110 $17.37 $36,130 0.018%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 160 $15.78 $32,820 0.012%
Medford-Ashland, OR MSA 210 $15.40 $32,020 0.289%
San Jose, CA PMSA 80 $14.66 $30,500 0.009%
Hartford, CT MSA 40 $14.58 $30,330 0.007%

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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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