Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.


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)
74,490 2.6 % $16.37 $34,060 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.03 $12.36 $15.54 $18.96 $22.98
Annual Wage (2) $20,860 $25,720 $32,330 $39,440 $47,790


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)
Plastics Product Manufacturing 29,720 5.80 $15.11 $31,430
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 6,160 9.84 $17.46 $36,320
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 4,330 3.39 $16.91 $35,180
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,750 6.44 $16.97 $35,300
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 3,250 3.56 $21.02 $43,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 6,160 9.84 $17.46 $36,320
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 3,750 6.44 $16.97 $35,300
Plastics Product Manufacturing 29,720 5.80 $15.11 $31,430
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 2,970 5.21 $15.80 $32,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 3,250 3.56 $21.02 $43,730

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) 30 (7) $25.50 $53,040
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,050 1.21 $22.86 $47,550
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 3,250 3.56 $21.02 $43,730
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 100 0.02 $20.78 $43,230
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 2,380 0.50 $19.97 $41,540


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)
Texas 6,000 0.57 0.99 $14.78 $30,740
Indiana 5,840 2.08 3.63 $18.01 $37,470
Ohio 5,340 1.06 1.85 $16.17 $33,630
Pennsylvania 5,170 0.92 1.62 $17.72 $36,850
California 4,840 0.34 0.59 $13.64 $28,360




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 5,840 2.08 3.63 $18.01 $37,470
South Carolina 2,290 1.28 2.23 $25.29 $52,610
Alabama 2,210 1.21 2.12 $15.11 $31,430
Arkansas 1,300 1.13 1.97 $15.60 $32,460
Ohio 5,340 1.06 1.85 $16.17 $33,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 2,290 1.28 2.23 $25.29 $52,610
West Virginia 540 0.76 1.33 $21.96 $45,680
Tennessee 2,380 0.90 1.57 $21.55 $44,820
Indiana 5,840 2.08 3.63 $18.01 $37,470
Washington 770 0.28 0.49 $17.73 $36,870





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 1,840 0.51 0.89 $13.79 $28,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,520 0.57 1.01 $14.53 $30,220
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,410 1.42 2.48 $15.57 $32,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.36 0.63 $14.15 $29,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,260 0.56 0.97 $16.75 $34,830
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.81 1.42 $13.46 $28,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.49 0.86 $15.60 $32,440
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 980 0.91 1.59 $15.11 $31,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 940 0.52 0.90 $20.12 $41,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 890 0.51 0.89 $18.54 $38,560




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)
Williamsport, PA 360 6.74 11.78 $18.22 $37,910
Logan, UT-ID 250 5.13 8.97 $15.24 $31,690
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 270 5.11 8.95 $16.93 $35,220
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 420 4.76 8.32 $18.62 $38,720
Fort Wayne, IN 830 4.15 7.26 $15.68 $32,610
Spartanburg, SC 480 4.12 7.21 $15.93 $33,130
Sheboygan, WI 210 3.75 6.55 $15.84 $32,940
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 370 3.44 6.02 $14.30 $29,740
Eau Claire, WI 270 3.43 6.00 $17.43 $36,250
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 150 3.19 5.58 $14.24 $29,610




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)
Ogden-Clearfield, UT (8) (8) (8) $22.68 $47,180
Columbia, SC (8) (8) (8) $22.02 $45,790
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $21.58 $44,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 940 0.52 0.90 $20.12 $41,840
Appleton, WI 100 0.91 1.59 $19.84 $41,260
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 180 0.33 0.58 $19.82 $41,220
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 350 0.63 1.10 $19.70 $40,980
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.34 0.60 $19.59 $40,740
Springfield, MA-CT 390 1.35 2.37 $19.50 $40,570
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 350 1.04 1.82 $19.48 $40,520

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 1,180 9.24 16.16 (8) (8)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 920 4.57 8.00 $14.63 $30,430
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 5.83 10.20 $22.00 $45,760
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 820 2.14 3.74 $15.61 $32,470
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 670 2.69 4.70 $15.91 $33,100

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 1,180 9.24 16.16 (8) (8)
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 160 6.12 10.71 $15.89 $33,060
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 5.83 10.20 $22.00 $45,760
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 920 4.57 8.00 $14.63 $30,430
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 100 3.76 6.58 $19.87 $41,340

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)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 860 5.83 10.20 $22.00 $45,760
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.96 $45,670
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.40 $42,420
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 100 3.76 6.58 $19.87 $41,340
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 190 1.97 3.44 $19.60 $40,770


About May 2012 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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