Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
182,170 1.3 % $14.76 $30,690 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.44 $11.35 $14.12 $17.44 $21.05
Annual Wage (2) $19,630 $23,610 $29,370 $36,270 $43,790


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 17,820 0.67 $12.34 $25,670
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 17,060 4.15 $15.84 $32,950
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 16,450 5.07 $14.88 $30,960
Plastics Product Manufacturing 13,070 2.61 $13.49 $28,060
Forging and Stamping 11,210 13.06 $14.80 $30,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Forging and Stamping 11,210 13.06 $14.80 $30,790
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 4,010 9.76 $14.31 $29,770
Hardware Manufacturing 1,710 7.22 $14.60 $30,370
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,200 6.13 $15.08 $31,360
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 3,100 5.87 $15.62 $32,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,900 2.25 $19.05 $39,630
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 140 0.13 $17.90 $37,230
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 70 0.01 $17.35 $36,080
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,050 1.18 $17.26 $35,890
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 140 0.16 $17.22 $35,820


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 14,430 2.93 2.05 $14.66 $30,490
California 14,360 1.03 0.72 $14.52 $30,190
Michigan 13,050 3.48 2.43 $16.33 $33,960
Illinois 12,760 2.31 1.61 $14.69 $30,550
Texas 12,620 1.25 0.87 $13.22 $27,490




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 10,470 3.84 2.68 $14.56 $30,280
Michigan 13,050 3.48 2.43 $16.33 $33,960
Ohio 14,430 2.93 2.05 $14.66 $30,490
Kentucky 4,770 2.78 1.94 $14.34 $29,820
Alabama 4,850 2.68 1.87 $14.57 $30,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.28 0.20 $16.91 $35,180
Nevada 520 0.47 0.32 $16.90 $35,150
Washington 1,790 0.67 0.47 $16.66 $34,660
Michigan 13,050 3.48 2.43 $16.33 $33,960
West Virginia 780 1.13 0.79 $16.09 $33,460

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 6,750 1.91 1.33 $15.08 $31,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,060 1.33 0.93 $14.00 $29,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,280 1.72 1.20 $13.47 $28,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,220 1.92 1.34 $15.57 $32,380
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 3,020 3.12 2.17 $15.01 $31,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,910 2.86 1.99 $14.97 $31,130
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 2,500 3.19 2.23 $16.26 $33,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,360 1.18 0.82 $13.84 $28,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,240 1.02 0.71 $13.61 $28,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.42 0.30 $13.57 $28,220




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,190 11.98 8.36 $12.70 $26,410
Columbus, IN 350 8.87 6.19 $12.70 $26,410
Kokomo, IN 310 8.33 5.82 $18.62 $38,730
Auburn-Opelika, AL 370 7.96 5.56 $10.17 $21,150
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 280 6.76 4.71 $14.52 $30,200
Waterbury, CT 420 6.72 4.69 $15.92 $33,110
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 830 6.67 4.66 $13.93 $28,980
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 350 6.29 4.39 $17.33 $36,050
Muncie, IN 250 5.75 4.01 $15.01 $31,210
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,050 5.73 4.00 $16.74 $34,810




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 1.30 0.91 $22.33 $46,450
Tuscaloosa, AL 170 1.93 1.35 $22.29 $46,370
Danville, VA 110 2.89 2.02 $21.37 $44,450
Battle Creek, MI 30 0.62 0.43 $20.59 $42,830
Decatur, AL 250 4.81 3.36 $19.99 $41,590
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 150 2.21 1.54 $19.95 $41,500
Casper, WY 40 0.96 0.67 $19.90 $41,390
Bismarck, ND 60 1.00 0.70 $19.55 $40,660
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 60 0.30 0.21 $19.38 $40,300
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 90 0.59 0.41 $19.37 $40,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 2,050 7.69 5.36 $13.79 $28,680
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,770 8.20 5.72 $14.80 $30,780
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,600 8.33 5.81 $14.33 $29,800
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,380 5.32 3.71 $14.41 $29,970
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 930 6.05 4.22 $15.78 $32,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,600 8.33 5.81 $14.33 $29,800
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,770 8.20 5.72 $14.80 $30,780
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 2,050 7.69 5.36 $13.79 $28,680
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 930 6.05 4.22 $15.78 $32,810
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 5.88 4.10 $15.31 $31,850

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 340 2.50 1.74 $18.09 $37,620
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.98 $37,400
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.37 0.95 $17.06 $35,480
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.71 $34,760
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.70 $34,730


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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