Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
37,920 2.5 % $18.08 $37,600 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.29 $14.24 $17.57 $21.59 $26.07
Annual Wage (2) $23,480 $29,610 $36,540 $44,920 $54,230


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 11,260 3.15 $17.45 $36,290
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,370 1.39 $19.21 $39,960
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 2,840 1.07 $16.56 $34,450
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,570 1.47 $18.75 $38,990
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,890 1.86 $20.47 $42,580

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 11,260 3.15 $17.45 $36,290
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,890 1.86 $20.47 $42,580
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,570 1.47 $18.75 $38,990
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,370 1.39 $19.21 $39,960
Forging and Stamping 1,360 1.39 $18.21 $37,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 60 0.04 $26.44 $54,990
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,370 0.28 $23.01 $47,870
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,890 1.86 $20.47 $42,580
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 120 0.13 $20.12 $41,850
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 990 0.77 $20.08 $41,770


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 4,330 0.77 2.64 $19.78 $41,140
California 3,690 0.26 0.89 $19.29 $40,120
Texas 3,360 0.32 1.09 $15.95 $33,180
Ohio 2,790 0.55 1.90 $17.41 $36,210
Pennsylvania 2,590 0.46 1.59 $17.20 $35,770




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 4,330 0.77 2.64 $19.78 $41,140
Wisconsin 1,570 0.59 2.02 $18.87 $39,240
South Carolina 1,060 0.59 2.02 $20.38 $42,400
Connecticut 910 0.56 1.93 $20.94 $43,550
Ohio 2,790 0.55 1.90 $17.41 $36,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 970 0.30 1.04 $23.06 $47,970
Oregon 320 0.20 0.68 $22.00 $45,750
Maryland 240 0.09 0.32 $21.36 $44,430
Connecticut 910 0.56 1.93 $20.94 $43,550
South Carolina 1,060 0.59 2.02 $20.38 $42,400





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 2,210 0.61 2.09 $19.25 $40,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,920 0.73 2.49 $15.69 $32,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.36 1.24 $20.13 $41,870
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 880 0.63 2.15 $17.53 $36,460
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 870 0.87 2.99 $18.91 $39,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.38 1.31 $20.93 $43,530
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 620 0.58 1.98 $18.76 $39,030
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 530 0.65 2.24 $19.48 $40,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 520 0.23 0.79 $15.61 $32,460
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 520 0.93 3.21 $19.34 $40,230




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 170 3.24 11.15 $16.60 $34,530
Rockford, IL 330 2.33 8.00 $17.05 $35,460
Peoria, IL 390 2.15 7.38 $20.55 $42,740
Columbus, IN 90 1.89 6.50 $15.37 $31,970
Erie, PA 170 1.31 4.50 $15.66 $32,570
St. Cloud, MN 120 1.30 4.46 $17.56 $36,530
Jackson, MI 60 1.15 3.94 $15.01 $31,230
Elmira, NY 40 1.13 3.90 (8) (8)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 120 1.10 3.78 $14.43 $30,020
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 230 1.08 3.69 $15.73 $32,710




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 (8) (8) (8) $29.90 $62,190
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 220 0.53 1.82 $25.14 $52,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.30 1.02 $23.48 $48,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 300 0.17 0.60 $22.75 $47,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 200 0.16 0.53 $22.29 $46,360
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 280 0.28 0.97 $22.27 $46,330
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 340 0.39 1.34 $21.95 $45,650
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.50 1.71 $21.92 $45,590
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.93 3.19 $21.77 $45,280
Springfield, MA-CT 260 0.91 3.11 $21.67 $45,070

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 590 5.49 18.87 $22.10 $45,960
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 460 2.88 9.89 $15.98 $33,230
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 360 2.18 7.48 $16.95 $35,270
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 340 1.25 4.29 $14.78 $30,750
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 300 1.68 5.75 $21.16 $44,010

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 590 5.49 18.87 $22.10 $45,960
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 460 2.88 9.89 $15.98 $33,230
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 360 2.18 7.48 $16.95 $35,270
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 300 1.68 5.75 $21.16 $44,010
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.49 5.12 $19.46 $40,470

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 590 5.49 18.87 $22.10 $45,960
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.16 $44,010
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 300 1.68 5.75 $21.16 $44,010
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.83 $41,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.49 5.12 $19.46 $40,470


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.

(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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