Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-4193 Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Include electrolytic processes.

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)
38,620 2.8 % $13.68 $28,440 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $10.26 $12.96 $16.38 $20.53
Annual Wage (2) $17,690 $21,330 $26,960 $34,060 $42,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Coating, engraving, and heat treating metals 18,540 $12.31 $25,610
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 3,070 $12.95 $26,940
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 1,630 $18.36 $38,190
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 980 $13.41 $27,880
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 970 $14.23 $29,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 500 $21.14 $43,960
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 640 $19.55 $40,670
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 1,630 $18.36 $38,190
Other chemical product and preparation mfg. 310 $17.91 $37,260
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 470 $16.87 $35,090

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 420 $12.26 $25,500 0.087%
Indiana 2,280 $17.49 $36,380 0.080%
Connecticut 1,160 $14.05 $29,220 0.071%
Michigan 2,830 $14.63 $30,420 0.066%
New Hampshire 340 $13.98 $29,080 0.055%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Indiana 2,280 $17.49 $36,380 0.080%
West Virginia 290 $15.41 $32,060 0.042%
Idaho 50 $15.35 $31,940 0.009%
Washington 500 $15.28 $31,790 0.019%
Oklahoma 610 $15.13 $31,480 0.043%

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
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 210 $15.35 $31,920 0.428%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 220 $13.58 $28,250 0.260%
Binghamton, NY MSA 160 $11.78 $24,510 0.141%
Erie, PA MSA 160 $11.17 $23,240 0.126%
Reading, PA MSA 200 $12.66 $26,340 0.124%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Gary, IN PMSA 270 $21.65 $45,040 0.108%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 30 $20.13 $41,870 0.039%
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 90 $19.69 $40,950 0.056%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 200 $18.14 $37,740 0.007%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 30 $17.76 $36,940 0.020%

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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