Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


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)
39,930 2.8 % $17.89 $37,210 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.25 $13.95 $17.34 $21.41 $25.93
Annual Wage (2) $23,390 $29,020 $36,070 $44,530 $53,940


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 12,080 3.65 $17.30 $35,990
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,380 2.03 $19.52 $40,590
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 3,240 1.28 $16.21 $33,710
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,310 0.53 $17.53 $36,450
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,230 1.37 $18.49 $38,470

Industries with the highest concentration 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 12,080 3.65 $17.30 $35,990
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,380 2.03 $19.52 $40,590
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,690 1.78 $19.72 $41,020
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,230 1.37 $18.49 $38,470
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 3,240 1.28 $16.21 $33,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 50 0.04 $26.66 $55,450
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,400 0.29 $22.45 $46,700
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.04 $20.99 $43,650
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,690 1.78 $19.72 $41,020
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (8) (8) $19.64 $40,860


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)
Illinois 5,470 0.98 3.15 $19.38 $40,300
Texas 3,650 0.35 1.14 $16.17 $33,640
California 3,480 0.25 0.80 $18.27 $38,000
Ohio 2,860 0.57 1.85 $16.94 $35,230
Pennsylvania 2,720 0.49 1.57 $17.62 $36,640




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)
Illinois 5,470 0.98 3.15 $19.38 $40,300
Connecticut 1,170 0.73 2.33 $21.23 $44,160
Wisconsin 1,890 0.71 2.30 $18.56 $38,610
South Carolina 1,130 0.64 2.05 $19.68 $40,940
Indiana 1,600 0.58 1.87 $15.67 $32,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 280 0.17 0.56 $22.10 $45,960
Massachusetts 930 0.30 0.95 $21.73 $45,200
Connecticut 1,170 0.73 2.33 $21.23 $44,160
North Dakota 60 0.17 0.55 $20.64 $42,930
Minnesota 870 0.33 1.07 $20.39 $42,410





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,820 0.79 2.53 $18.78 $39,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,100 0.82 2.64 $16.12 $33,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.31 0.99 $17.87 $37,180
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 970 0.99 3.18 $17.93 $37,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.67 2.15 $17.75 $36,930
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 720 0.91 2.91 $19.30 $40,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 700 0.41 1.32 $20.97 $43,620
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 640 1.17 3.76 $20.83 $43,340
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 550 0.53 1.69 $18.47 $38,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 450 0.25 0.80 $21.28 $44,250




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)
Columbus, IN 160 3.86 12.39 $15.32 $31,870
Joplin, MO 240 3.24 10.40 $13.25 $27,550
Williamsport, PA 170 3.19 10.23 $16.38 $34,070
Rockford, IL 320 2.31 7.42 $17.97 $37,380
Jackson, MI 110 2.16 6.95 $16.42 $34,150
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 310 1.77 5.68 $14.42 $30,000
Springfield, OH 80 1.59 5.10 $16.26 $33,830
Peoria, IL 260 1.55 4.96 $21.36 $44,430
Johnson City, TN 110 1.44 4.62 $15.18 $31,580
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 140 1.33 4.27 $18.98 $39,470




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)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.30 0.98 $29.28 $60,890
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 350 0.52 1.68 $25.66 $53,380
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 250 0.61 1.97 $24.78 $51,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.30 0.95 $24.41 $50,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 240 0.24 0.78 $22.75 $47,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 270 0.16 0.51 $22.25 $46,280
Ann Arbor, MI 80 0.43 1.38 $22.04 $45,850
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $21.76 $45,270
Florence, SC 40 0.56 1.79 $21.39 $44,490
Peoria, IL 260 1.55 4.96 $21.36 $44,430

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 560 5.37 17.24 $21.53 $44,780
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 480 3.03 9.73 $16.34 $33,990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.52 8.09 $16.81 $34,970
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 360 1.31 4.20 $13.58 $28,240
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 350 1.30 4.17 $15.67 $32,590

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 560 5.37 17.24 $21.53 $44,780
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 480 3.03 9.73 $16.34 $33,990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.52 8.09 $16.81 $34,970
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 1.83 5.87 $20.53 $42,710
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 290 1.45 4.65 $15.81 $32,890

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 560 5.37 17.24 $21.53 $44,780
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 330 1.83 5.87 $20.53 $42,710
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.94 $19.33 $40,200
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 2.19 $18.92 $39,350
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.86 $18.82 $39,140


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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