Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

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)
27,050 3.1 % $15.27 $31,750 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.75 $11.94 $14.83 $17.95 $21.80
Annual Wage (2) $20,270 $24,840 $30,850 $37,340 $45,330

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,190 $13.77 $28,650
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,650 $14.10 $29,330
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,100 $16.18 $33,660
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,770 $18.47 $38,410
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,240 $16.08 $33,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) (8) $22.84 $47,510
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,770 $18.47 $38,410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,200 $17.88 $37,180
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 30 $17.35 $36,080
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 280 $17.32 $36,020

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Indiana 2,200 $17.44 $36,270 0.076%
Arkansas 710 $16.06 $33,400 0.061%
Ohio 2,600 $15.03 $31,260 0.049%
Michigan 1,920 $16.12 $33,530 0.045%
South Carolina 710 $15.12 $31,450 0.039%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Kansas 250 $18.22 $37,900 0.019%
Indiana 2,200 $17.44 $36,270 0.076%
Washington 270 $17.16 $35,700 0.010%
New York 960 $16.93 $35,200 0.011%
Iowa 440 $16.61 $34,550 0.030%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 $20.34 $42,300 0.129%
Morristown, TN 60 $14.32 $29,790 0.124%
Springfield, OH 60 $13.76 $28,610 0.123%
Canton-Massillon, OH 190 $13.88 $28,870 0.111%
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 150 $15.14 $31,490 0.110%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Flint, MI (8) $22.58 $46,960 (8)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 $20.34 $42,300 0.129%
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 230 $19.61 $40,780 0.043%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC (8) $18.69 $38,870 (8)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 350 $18.65 $38,790 0.044%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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