Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9041 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics. Exclude "Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-9196) and "Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-6042).

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)
73,990 2.2 % $13.84 $28,780 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.52 $10.32 $13.05 $16.62 $21.15
Annual Wage (2) $17,730 $21,470 $27,140 $34,580 $43,990

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
Rubber product manufacturing 13,480 $13.71 $28,520 1 28
Plastics product manufacturing 8,900 $13.25 $27,560 2 31
Glass and glass product manufacturing 6,390 $15.44 $32,120 3 14
Cement and concrete product manufacturing 4,800 $12.71 $26,440 4 42
Clay product and refractory manufacturing 3,810 $12.71 $26,440 5 43

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Electrical equipment manufacturing 320 $20.14 $41,890 30 1
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 960 $19.28 $40,100 19 2
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 2,820 $18.91 $39,340 6 3
Other nonferrous metal production 140 $17.80 $37,010 45 4
Tobacco manufacturing 1,600 $17.78 $36,980 11 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
New Hampshire 950 $14.01 $29,140 0.157% 393
South Dakota 430 $12.49 $25,980 0.121% 280
North Carolina 4,500 $15.52 $32,290 0.121% 361
Arkansas 1,220 $13.34 $27,750 0.109% 334
South Carolina 1,900 $15.56 $32,370 0.108% 298

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wisconsin 2,600 $16.50 $34,320 0.097% 371
Iowa 890 $16.25 $33,800 0.063% 294
Ohio 5,270 $16.24 $33,770 0.099% 410
Kansas 540 $16.08 $33,460 0.042% 309
South Carolina 1,900 $15.56 $32,370 0.108% 298

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
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 650 $14.29 $29,710 0.331%
Fort Wayne, IN MSA 780 $13.13 $27,300 0.302%
York, PA MSA 420 $15.10 $31,420 0.257%
Danbury, CT PMSA 220 $12.69 $26,400 0.247%
Rapid City, SD MSA 110 $11.27 $23,430 0.229%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 1,240 $19.63 $40,830 0.196%
Rockford, IL MSA (6) $18.87 $39,260 (6)
Youngstown-Warren, OH MSA 480 $18.38 $38,230 0.213%
Canton-Massillon, OH MSA (6) $18.11 $37,670 (6)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC MSA 850 $17.97 $37,370 0.185%

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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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