Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4199 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.


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)
21,720 3.7 % $16.79 $34,910 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.72 $11.91 $15.16 $20.24 $26.95
Annual Wage (2) $20,210 $24,770 $31,540 $42,100 $56,050


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 2,650 0.09 $15.30 $31,820
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,830 0.36 $14.31 $29,770
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 1,490 0.34 $18.46 $38,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,200 0.06 $23.60 $49,080
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,020 0.40 $15.30 $31,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 860 2.08 $16.75 $34,840
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 850 1.43 $18.64 $38,770
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 660 1.20 $16.75 $34,850
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 340 0.84 $14.37 $29,880
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 430 0.77 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,200 0.06 $23.60 $49,080
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 510 0.11 $22.55 $46,900
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 40 0.05 $21.73 $45,200
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 190 0.22 $20.99 $43,670
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.20 $19.03 $39,580


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 2,330 0.47 2.77 $16.89 $35,130
Michigan 1,820 0.47 2.80 $15.12 $31,440
California 1,690 0.12 0.71 $17.40 $36,200
Illinois 1,670 0.30 1.77 $17.83 $37,080
Wisconsin 1,460 0.55 3.26 $15.60 $32,450




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)
New Hampshire 990 1.64 9.66 $13.91 $28,940
Wisconsin 1,460 0.55 3.26 $15.60 $32,450
Ohio 2,330 0.47 2.77 $16.89 $35,130
Michigan 1,820 0.47 2.80 $15.12 $31,440
Indiana 890 0.32 1.90 $15.34 $31,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 310 0.08 0.48 $22.18 $46,130
Maryland 220 0.09 0.51 $20.95 $43,570
Virginia 210 0.06 0.34 $20.73 $43,110
Washington 680 0.25 1.48 $19.99 $41,580
Missouri 550 0.21 1.25 $19.22 $39,970





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 1,130 0.32 1.86 $16.98 $35,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.33 1.93 $17.88 $37,180
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 530 0.51 3.03 $16.46 $34,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 520 0.20 1.20 $12.62 $26,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 0.80 $14.66 $30,480
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 420 0.43 2.54 $13.64 $28,360
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 410 0.42 2.47 $19.65 $40,860
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 370 2.91 17.21 $13.56 $28,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 360 0.32 1.87 $17.34 $36,070
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 330 0.41 2.44 $16.48 $34,270




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)
Battle Creek, MI 270 5.20 30.70 (8) (8)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 370 2.91 17.21 $13.56 $28,200
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 80 1.43 8.43 $14.84 $30,860
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 240 1.23 7.26 $13.87 $28,850
Peoria, IL 210 1.21 7.15 $20.04 $41,680
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 140 1.15 6.82 $14.41 $29,980
Manchester, NH 100 1.00 5.90 $15.68 $32,610
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.88 5.20 $21.79 $45,320
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 50 0.80 4.74 $15.55 $32,340
Lima, OH 40 0.76 4.46 $13.47 $28,010




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)
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 120 0.23 1.33 $31.85 $66,240
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.12 0.69 $27.49 $57,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.52 $51,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 1.11 $23.52 $48,920
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 130 0.76 4.50 $22.07 $45,910
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.88 5.20 $21.79 $45,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 170 0.14 0.82 $21.55 $44,820
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $21.22 $44,140
Toledo, OH 30 0.11 0.63 $20.90 $43,480
Raleigh-Cary, NC (8) (8) (8) $20.24 $42,100

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.35 7.98 $13.86 $28,830
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 0.95 5.61 $15.95 $33,180
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.61 3.59 $18.85 $39,220
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 160 1.63 9.64 $13.65 $28,390
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 3.97 $17.19 $35,760

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)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 160 1.63 9.64 $13.65 $28,390
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.35 7.98 $13.86 $28,830
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 1.26 7.47 $17.43 $36,250
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 7.00 $14.44 $30,040
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 0.95 5.61 $15.95 $33,180

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 2.55 $26.90 $55,960
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 3.06 $22.48 $46,760
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 0.61 3.59 $18.85 $39,220
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.04 $37,530
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 1.26 7.47 $17.43 $36,250


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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