Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-4061 Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Include template makers.

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)
8,030 4.6 % $21.57 $44,870 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.98 $15.01 $21.28 $29.05 $33.07
Annual Wage (2) $22,840 $31,210 $44,250 $60,430 $68,790

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 1,040 $14.59 $30,350
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 830 $24.82 $51,620
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 820 $21.39 $44,480
Architectural and engineering services 340 $22.61 $47,030
Foundries 340 $17.12 $35,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 830 $24.82 $51,620
Commercial and service industry machinery 120 $23.55 $48,990
Household appliance manufacturing 170 $23.19 $48,230
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. 30 $23.17 $48,200
Architectural and engineering services 340 $22.61 $47,030

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
Rhode Island 130 $20.38 $42,390 0.027%
New Hampshire 100 $17.13 $35,620 0.016%
Indiana 380 $20.98 $43,650 0.013%
Wisconsin 320 $20.89 $43,440 0.012%
Pennsylvania 660 $15.29 $31,810 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maryland 40 $25.19 $52,390 0.002%
Connecticut 80 $24.44 $50,830 0.005%
Ohio 530 $24.38 $50,700 0.010%
Colorado 90 $22.85 $47,520 0.004%
New York 250 $22.46 $46,710 0.003%

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
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 190 $20.69 $43,030 0.036%
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 140 $21.39 $44,500 0.017%
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 90 $21.23 $44,150 0.017%
Rochester, NY MSA 80 $16.69 $34,710 0.016%
Wichita, KS MSA 40 $16.98 $35,320 0.015%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Benton Harbor, MI MSA (7) $28.75 $59,790 (7)
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 70 $26.90 $55,960 0.011%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 120 $22.69 $47,200 0.007%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 80 $22.06 $45,880 0.004%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA (7) $21.99 $45,750 (7)

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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