Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

51-4192 Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic

Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Include shipfitters.

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)
11,110 3.6 % $16.37 $34,060 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.25 $12.87 $15.79 $19.31 $22.74
Annual Wage (2) $21,320 $26,780 $32,840 $40,150 $47,300

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 3,700 $15.85 $32,970
Ship and boat building 3,130 $16.90 $35,150
Plastics product manufacturing 460 $13.89 $28,900
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 380 $16.46 $34,240
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 350 $13.66 $28,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 200 $21.12 $43,930
Forging and stamping 170 $20.95 $43,570
Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing 30 $18.02 $37,490
Foundries 210 $17.54 $36,490
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 50 $17.09 $35,540

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
Alabama 470 $13.74 $28,580 0.025%
Arkansas 160 $16.08 $33,450 0.014%
Oklahoma 190 $14.22 $29,570 0.013%
Ohio 690 $20.27 $42,150 0.013%
Wisconsin 320 $19.15 $39,840 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nevada 70 $23.83 $49,560 0.006%
Michigan 350 $22.35 $46,480 0.008%
Washington 200 $22.04 $45,850 0.008%
Ohio 690 $20.27 $42,150 0.013%
Illinois 370 $19.28 $40,110 0.006%

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
Birmingham, AL MSA 270 $13.36 $27,780 0.059%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 60 $22.45 $46,690 0.036%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 230 $15.62 $32,490 0.032%
Erie, PA MSA 30 $13.97 $29,050 0.024%
San Diego, CA MSA 270 $16.31 $33,920 0.021%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA (7) $25.97 $54,020 (7)
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 70 $23.83 $49,560 0.008%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 60 $22.45 $46,690 0.036%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 50 $21.38 $44,460 0.009%
Detroit, MI PMSA 150 $21.14 $43,960 0.008%

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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