Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4012 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.


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)
20,370 2.5 % $23.30 $48,460 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.69 $17.50 $22.06 $27.80 $34.36
Annual Wage (2) $30,550 $36,400 $45,890 $57,820 $71,470


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)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 4,830 1.46 $23.48 $48,850
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,640 1.63 $23.34 $48,560
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,570 0.33 $32.15 $66,870
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,350 0.53 $22.02 $45,810
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,000 0.43 $22.79 $47,400

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,640 1.63 $23.34 $48,560
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 4,830 1.46 $23.48 $48,850
Forging and Stamping 580 0.63 $22.46 $46,720
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,350 0.53 $22.02 $45,810
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 220 0.53 $20.73 $43,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,570 0.33 $32.15 $66,870
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $31.06 $64,610
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 60 0.01 $28.21 $58,680
Building Equipment Contractors 80 0.01 $26.15 $54,390
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 170 0.13 $24.65 $51,270


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)
California 2,380 0.17 1.07 $26.62 $55,360
Texas 1,680 0.16 1.03 $23.18 $48,200
Michigan 1,390 0.36 2.29 $22.40 $46,590
Ohio 1,200 0.24 1.51 $21.49 $44,690
Wisconsin 1,190 0.45 2.82 $23.80 $49,500




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)
Vermont 140 0.47 2.96 $23.11 $48,070
Wisconsin 1,190 0.45 2.82 $23.80 $49,500
New Hampshire 230 0.38 2.41 $24.17 $50,270
Indiana 1,030 0.37 2.34 $20.85 $43,360
Michigan 1,390 0.36 2.29 $22.40 $46,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 860 0.32 1.99 $31.67 $65,880
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $30.11 $62,620
Rhode Island 50 0.10 0.66 $27.48 $57,160
California 2,380 0.17 1.07 $26.62 $55,360
Connecticut 360 0.22 1.42 $26.18 $54,440





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.21 1.30 $26.36 $54,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 700 0.51 3.21 $32.71 $68,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 670 0.19 1.19 $20.09 $41,800
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 560 0.22 1.39 $25.44 $52,910
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 520 0.51 3.18 $23.54 $48,970
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 470 0.58 3.67 $25.88 $53,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 410 0.20 1.26 $23.61 $49,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.23 1.47 $26.64 $55,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.27 1.68 $25.18 $52,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 360 0.37 2.30 $25.40 $52,820




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)
Morristown, TN 50 1.11 7.01 $16.74 $34,810
Erie, PA 120 0.96 6.05 $17.69 $36,780
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 110 0.88 5.56 $18.19 $37,840
Wichita, KS 230 0.81 5.10 $30.66 $63,770
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 80 0.80 5.05 $18.54 $38,570
Waterbury, CT 50 0.76 4.81 $28.51 $59,310
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 90 0.70 4.39 $26.03 $54,150
Rockford, IL 100 0.70 4.40 $19.90 $41,390
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 60 0.61 3.85 $18.51 $38,510
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 30 0.60 3.77 $19.08 $39,680




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)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.18 1.10 $38.02 $79,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.26 1.63 $34.85 $72,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 700 0.51 3.21 $32.71 $68,030
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 0.63 $32.13 $66,820
Wichita, KS 230 0.81 5.10 $30.66 $63,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 110 0.10 0.62 $30.05 $62,490
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.10 0.64 $29.75 $61,890
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 0.45 $28.81 $59,920
Waterbury, CT 50 0.76 4.81 $28.51 $59,310
Worcester, MA-CT 80 0.31 1.98 $28.28 $58,810

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.98 6.16 $19.93 $41,460
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.08 6.82 $22.60 $47,000
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 2.96 $23.79 $49,480
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 2.34 $22.74 $47,310
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.60 3.78 $20.50 $42,630

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)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.08 6.82 $22.60 $47,000
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 0.98 6.16 $19.93 $41,460
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 4.47 $21.61 $44,950
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.60 3.78 $20.50 $42,630
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 3.38 $23.57 $49,020

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)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.81 $53,680
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 3.35 $25.38 $52,790
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 2.96 $23.79 $49,480
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 3.38 $23.57 $49,020
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.44 $23.55 $48,970


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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