Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

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)
148,840 2.1 % $12.40 $25,800 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.73 $9.33 $11.57 $14.60 $18.40
Annual Wage (2) $16,070 $19,420 $24,070 $30,360 $38,260

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Plastics product manufacturing 59,600 $11.20 $23,300
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 14,420 $14.19 $29,520
Foundries 12,900 $14.86 $30,910
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 8,040 $12.23 $25,440
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 5,980 $13.59 $28,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Commercial equip. merchant wholesalers (7) $20.82 $43,300
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 640 $16.89 $35,140
Scientific research and development services (7) $16.26 $33,820
Management of companies and enterprises 150 $16.25 $33,800
Other nonferrous metal production 990 $15.00 $31,190

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
Indiana 10,160 $12.82 $26,660 0.356%
Ohio 15,400 $13.44 $27,950 0.290%
Kentucky 4,700 $10.80 $22,460 0.273%
Michigan 11,640 $13.64 $28,380 0.270%
New Hampshire 1,490 $12.71 $26,440 0.245%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Minnesota 4,140 $13.97 $29,050 0.160%
Oregon 1,000 $13.78 $28,650 0.065%
Michigan 11,640 $13.64 $28,380 0.270%
Wisconsin (7) $13.62 $28,330 (7)
Ohio 15,400 $13.44 $27,950 0.290%

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
Erie, PA MSA 1,240 $11.45 $23,820 0.978%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 520 $14.29 $29,720 0.820%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 780 $12.76 $26,550 0.672%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 350 $12.89 $26,800 0.668%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 270 $12.73 $26,470 0.527%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 450 $17.95 $37,330 0.162%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 60 $17.83 $37,080 0.052%
Muncie, IN MSA (7) $17.30 $35,970 (7)
Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA 3,720 $16.65 $34,620 0.343%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 90 $16.63 $34,590 0.031%

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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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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