Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

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)
37,890 3.0 % $14.05 $29,210 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $10.57 $13.22 $16.73 $21.36
Annual Wage (2) $17,820 $21,990 $27,500 $34,790 $44,430

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 7,170 $10.99 $22,870
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 6,110 $15.98 $33,230
Forging and stamping 5,360 $15.75 $32,760
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 2,480 $12.91 $26,850
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 2,430 $16.17 $33,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 30 $21.80 $45,330
Ship and boat building 110 $19.05 $39,620
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 300 $16.51 $34,350
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 180 $16.40 $34,120
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 280 $16.39 $34,100

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
Ohio 4,760 $14.81 $30,800 0.090%
West Virginia 530 $11.24 $23,380 0.077%
Wisconsin 2,050 $14.31 $29,770 0.076%
South Carolina 1,250 $12.89 $26,800 0.071%
Michigan 2,900 $16.78 $34,900 0.068%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Oregon 200 $18.61 $38,700 0.013%
New York 1,570 $18.54 $38,550 0.019%
Massachusetts 490 $17.46 $36,320 0.016%
Michigan 2,900 $16.78 $34,900 0.068%
New Hampshire 100 $16.45 $34,220 0.016%

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
Lima, OH MSA 180 $14.02 $29,170 0.240%
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 130 $23.08 $48,000 0.195%
Jamestown, NY MSA 100 $19.17 $39,880 0.186%
Akron, OH PMSA 440 $13.70 $28,500 0.137%
South Bend, IN MSA 170 $13.15 $27,340 0.134%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 130 $23.08 $48,000 0.195%
Flint, MI PMSA 50 $22.53 $46,870 0.032%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 60 $20.59 $42,820 0.023%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 190 $20.14 $41,890 0.015%
Syracuse, NY MSA 90 $19.53 $40,620 0.027%

About May 2004 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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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