Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.


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)
70,320 1.7 % $23.16 $48,170 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.22 $18.75 $22.43 $27.94 $33.22
Annual Wage (2) $31,660 $39,000 $46,650 $58,120 $69,090


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)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 17,190 10.58 $21.59 $44,910
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 10,570 2.41 $25.51 $53,050
Forging and Stamping 4,830 5.23 $23.34 $48,540
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,140 0.81 $22.15 $46,070
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,920 0.83 $27.20 $56,570

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 17,190 10.58 $21.59 $44,910
Forging and Stamping 4,830 5.23 $23.34 $48,540
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 1,230 3.05 $19.92 $41,430
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 10,570 2.41 $25.51 $53,050
Hardware Manufacturing 460 1.95 $22.41 $46,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $30.94 $64,360
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.03 $30.88 $64,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $29.60 $61,570
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 140 0.42 $29.19 $60,720
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,830 1.20 $28.84 $59,980


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)
Michigan 11,750 3.07 5.60 $24.46 $50,870
Ohio 7,760 1.56 2.85 $22.77 $47,360
Indiana 5,180 1.88 3.42 $22.47 $46,740
Illinois 4,950 0.89 1.62 $24.11 $50,150
Pennsylvania 3,580 0.65 1.18 $22.15 $46,080




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)
Michigan 11,750 3.07 5.60 $24.46 $50,870
Indiana 5,180 1.88 3.42 $22.47 $46,740
Ohio 7,760 1.56 2.85 $22.77 $47,360
Wisconsin 3,480 1.32 2.40 $23.79 $49,480
Connecticut 2,030 1.26 2.30 $25.46 $52,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,410 0.52 0.95 $28.68 $59,640
New Mexico 50 0.06 0.11 $26.17 $54,430
Connecticut 2,030 1.26 2.30 $25.46 $52,960
Kansas 910 0.69 1.26 $25.18 $52,380
Maine 150 0.25 0.46 $24.61 $51,180





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,690 3.55 6.48 $24.35 $50,650
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,740 0.76 1.39 $25.49 $53,010
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,070 5.67 10.34 $24.53 $51,010
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,640 2.42 4.41 $28.50 $59,270
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,530 1.91 3.49 $25.60 $53,240
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,460 1.49 2.72 $23.78 $49,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,280 0.75 1.36 $23.88 $49,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.79 1.44 $29.88 $62,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.26 0.47 $22.70 $47,210
Toledo, OH 870 3.05 5.56 $23.65 $49,190




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)
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 680 6.78 12.37 $21.43 $44,570
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 360 6.29 11.48 $22.09 $45,950
Kokomo, IN 240 6.26 11.42 $28.05 $58,340
Waterbury, CT 390 6.11 11.14 $26.43 $54,980
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 2,070 5.67 10.34 $24.53 $51,010
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 310 5.38 9.81 $20.03 $41,650
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 510 4.97 9.07 $21.11 $43,900
Rockford, IL 660 4.75 8.67 $21.34 $44,400
Flint, MI 450 3.56 6.50 $32.08 $66,730
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,690 3.55 6.48 $24.35 $50,650




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)
Flint, MI 450 3.56 6.50 $32.08 $66,730
Sandusky, OH 110 3.23 5.88 $30.62 $63,690
Wilmington, NC 70 0.54 0.99 $30.28 $62,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.79 1.44 $29.88 $62,140
Ann Arbor, MI 180 0.93 1.69 $29.63 $61,630
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,640 2.42 4.41 $28.50 $59,270
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.35 0.64 $28.20 $58,660
Kokomo, IN 240 6.26 11.42 $28.05 $58,340
St. Louis, MO-IL 810 0.64 1.16 $27.46 $57,120
Lima, OH 100 2.07 3.78 $26.83 $55,810

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,280 4.65 8.49 $21.44 $44,600
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,210 5.49 10.01 $21.80 $45,330
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 4.48 8.16 $20.95 $43,580
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 680 2.56 4.68 $20.41 $42,460
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 650 4.44 8.10 $25.67 $53,400

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,210 5.49 10.01 $21.80 $45,330
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 1,280 4.65 8.49 $21.44 $44,600
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 4.48 8.16 $20.95 $43,580
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 650 4.44 8.10 $25.67 $53,400
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 2.99 5.46 $17.92 $37,270

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)
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 2.47 $30.19 $62,800
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.43 $26.60 $55,330
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 650 4.44 8.10 $25.67 $53,400
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.04 $25.62 $53,290
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 110 1.06 1.93 $25.33 $52,690


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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