Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
70,960 1.9 % $13.06 $27,170 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.08 $9.88 $12.53 $15.77 $19.10
Annual Wage (2) $16,800 $20,540 $26,060 $32,800 $39,730

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 11,990 $14.15 $29,430 1 20
Printing and related support activities 10,080 $13.87 $28,860 2 23
Plastics product manufacturing 5,030 $12.42 $25,840 3 42
Rubber product manufacturing 3,590 $13.64 $28,360 4 26
Animal slaughtering and processing 3,280 $10.38 $21,580 5 71

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 40 $25.67 $53,390 67 1
Tobacco manufacturing (6) $18.32 $38,110 (6) 2
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 150 $18.21 $37,880 49 3
Grain and oilseed milling 140 $17.30 $35,980 54 4
Building foundation and exterior contractors 300 $17.05 $35,470 35 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 590 $12.34 $25,660 0.203% 371
Maine 830 $14.38 $29,910 0.141% 346
Mississippi 1,480 $11.24 $23,380 0.136% 476
Wisconsin 3,190 $13.31 $27,680 0.119% 506
South Dakota 390 $11.06 $23,000 0.110% 348

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 80 $16.68 $34,690 0.014% 285
Michigan 2,140 $15.68 $32,610 0.049% 443
Massachusetts 2,150 $14.94 $31,080 0.068% 500
Minnesota 1,960 $14.85 $30,880 0.075% 468
Connecticut 850 $14.79 $30,770 0.052% 454

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 270 $13.49 $28,060 0.470%
Wausau, WI MSA 210 $13.67 $28,430 0.314%
Waco, TX MSA 290 $12.48 $25,950 0.310%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 500 $15.85 $32,970 0.253%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 570 $16.00 $33,270 0.249%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 600 $17.66 $36,740 0.111%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA 50 $17.07 $35,500 0.020%
Gary, IN PMSA 160 $16.60 $34,530 0.064%
Topeka, KS MSA 180 $16.20 $33,700 0.185%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA (6) $16.11 $33,500 (6)

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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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