Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

51-4012 Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers

Develop programs to control machining or processing of parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
17,370 3.5 % $19.62 $40,800 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.26 $15.11 $18.78 $23.11 $28.14
Annual Wage (2) $25,510 $31,430 $39,070 $48,080 $58,530

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 3,050 $20.83 $43,330
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 2,120 $21.71 $45,150
Ag., construction, and mining machinery mfg. 1,070 $18.17 $37,800
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 980 $19.31 $40,170
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 960 $20.23 $42,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Advertising and related services (7) $26.82 $55,790
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. (7) $26.04 $54,160
Electronic instrument manufacturing 310 $23.34 $48,540
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 710 $23.18 $48,210
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 2,120 $21.71 $45,150

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
Iowa 860 $15.71 $32,670 0.061%
New Hampshire 230 $15.34 $31,900 0.038%
Arkansas 360 $15.42 $32,060 0.032%
Michigan 1,400 $21.36 $44,430 0.032%
Wisconsin 840 $19.79 $41,160 0.031%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 1,810 $24.20 $50,330 0.013%
Washington 340 $24.18 $50,290 0.013%
New Jersey 160 $23.98 $49,870 0.004%
Maryland 100 $22.05 $45,860 0.004%
Massachusetts 330 $21.86 $45,470 0.011%

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
Rockford, IL MSA 180 $20.58 $42,810 0.108%
Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 120 $17.63 $36,670 0.079%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 40 $20.32 $42,270 0.063%
Nashua, NH PMSA 50 $13.45 $27,970 0.053%
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 30 $18.39 $38,250 0.046%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 210 $31.08 $64,640 0.025%
Orange County, CA PMSA 390 $26.13 $54,340 0.027%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 70 $25.78 $53,620 0.030%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 150 $25.00 $51,990 0.012%
Oakland, CA PMSA 110 $24.77 $51,520 0.011%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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