Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

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)
99,390 1.6 % $21.19 $44,070 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.57 $16.70 $20.55 $25.93 $31.19
Annual Wage (2) $28,220 $34,730 $42,740 $53,940 $64,870

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 21,600 $20.16 $41,930
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 17,260 $25.30 $52,620
Forging and stamping 6,230 $20.47 $42,580
Plastics product manufacturing 5,610 $20.52 $42,680
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 5,110 $18.96 $39,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 230 $28.51 $59,290
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 17,260 $25.30 $52,620
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance (7) $25.18 $52,380
Federal government (OES designation) 380 $25.10 $52,220
Scientific research and development services 70 $25.02 $52,030

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
Michigan 16,450 $24.77 $51,530 0.383%
Ohio 12,100 $22.13 $46,030 0.228%
Indiana 6,070 $22.14 $46,050 0.212%
Connecticut 2,910 $22.72 $47,250 0.178%
Wisconsin 4,670 $21.34 $44,390 0.174%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 16,450 $24.77 $51,530 0.383%
Washington 610 $24.77 $51,520 0.024%
Connecticut 2,910 $22.72 $47,250 0.178%
Oregon 540 $22.54 $46,880 0.035%
Minnesota 2,070 $22.47 $46,730 0.080%

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
Mansfield, OH MSA 800 $24.36 $50,660 1.082%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 740 $23.42 $48,710 0.873%
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 3,140 $23.10 $48,050 0.578%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 360 $20.67 $42,990 0.578%
Erie, PA MSA 710 $19.50 $40,570 0.557%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 170 $29.56 $61,480 0.205%
Oakland, CA PMSA 270 $27.93 $58,090 0.027%
Detroit, MI PMSA 8,450 $26.17 $54,420 0.424%
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 50 $26.04 $54,160 0.055%
Decatur, IL MSA (7) $26.03 $54,130 (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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