Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
35,850 3.0 % $14.18 $29,500 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.63 $10.78 $13.42 $16.86 $21.35
Annual Wage (2) $17,960 $22,420 $27,910 $35,060 $44,400

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 6,680 $15.64 $32,530
Plastics product manufacturing 5,900 $11.24 $23,370
Forging and stamping 5,080 $15.64 $32,530
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 2,310 $16.06 $33,410
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 1,980 $13.48 $28,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 30 $21.34 $44,380
Ship and boat building 250 $19.04 $39,600
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 250 $17.70 $36,810
Commercial and service industry machinery (7) $17.29 $35,960
Turbine and power transmission equipment mfg. 90 $16.96 $35,280

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 3,250 $15.64 $32,520 0.075%
Ohio 3,770 $15.43 $32,090 0.071%
Wisconsin 1,770 $14.25 $29,630 0.065%
South Carolina 1,170 $13.29 $27,650 0.065%
Nebraska 550 $12.36 $25,710 0.062%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Oregon 210 $19.44 $40,440 0.013%
New York 1,590 $18.34 $38,140 0.019%
Massachusetts 590 $18.27 $38,000 0.019%
Michigan 3,250 $15.64 $32,520 0.075%
Ohio 3,770 $15.43 $32,090 0.071%

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
Sharon, PA MSA 130 $14.74 $30,650 0.270%
Lima, OH MSA 170 $15.62 $32,480 0.226%
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 420 $10.67 $22,200 0.209%
Jamestown, NY MSA 80 $18.17 $37,790 0.146%
Ann Arbor, MI PMSA 280 $14.07 $29,270 0.100%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Springfield, MA MSA 70 $20.23 $42,080 0.028%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 130 $18.79 $39,090 0.014%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 150 $18.32 $38,100 0.012%
Jamestown, NY MSA 80 $18.17 $37,790 0.146%
Rockford, IL MSA 150 $18.01 $37,470 0.089%

About November 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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