Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
99,420 1.6 % $21.46 $44,640 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.86 $17.01 $20.84 $26.23 $31.37
Annual Wage (2) $28,820 $35,380 $43,350 $54,560 $65,250

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 21,910 $20.21 $42,030
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 17,520 $25.26 $52,530
Forging and stamping 6,610 $20.10 $41,800
Plastics product manufacturing 5,470 $20.50 $42,650
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 4,960 $19.06 $39,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 250 $27.69 $57,600
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance (7) $26.57 $55,260
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 120 $26.36 $54,840
Federal government (OES designation) 400 $25.44 $52,920
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 17,520 $25.26 $52,530

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 18,030 $24.93 $51,860 0.417%
Ohio 11,860 $22.01 $45,780 0.223%
Indiana 6,020 $22.13 $46,030 0.209%
Connecticut 2,600 $23.20 $48,250 0.158%
Wisconsin 4,240 $21.41 $44,520 0.156%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 870 $26.65 $55,430 0.033%
Michigan 18,030 $24.93 $51,860 0.417%
Connecticut 2,600 $23.20 $48,250 0.158%
Oregon 730 $22.36 $46,500 0.046%
Indiana 6,020 $22.13 $46,030 0.209%

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 720 $24.40 $50,750 0.967%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 680 $23.80 $49,490 0.788%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 360 $20.92 $43,520 0.579%
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 3,050 $23.04 $47,920 0.553%
Detroit, MI PMSA 9,110 $25.87 $53,800 0.457%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Decatur, IL MSA (7) $26.38 $54,870 (7)
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 40 $26.07 $54,220 0.044%
Detroit, MI PMSA 9,110 $25.87 $53,800 0.457%
Oakland, CA PMSA 310 $25.58 $53,200 0.031%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 70 $25.47 $52,970 0.029%

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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