Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4061 Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.


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)
5,700 6.4 % $22.58 $46,970 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.91 $16.87 $22.04 $27.65 $33.42
Annual Wage (2) $26,850 $35,080 $45,850 $57,500 $69,510


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 750 0.43 $23.89 $49,700
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 350 0.07 $22.90 $47,630
Plastics Product Manufacturing 340 0.07 $18.85 $39,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 320 0.02 $21.90 $45,540
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 320 0.07 $21.26 $44,220

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 750 0.43 $23.89 $49,700
Foundries 280 0.22 $21.10 $43,880
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 70 0.18 $18.85 $39,210
Specialized Design Services 180 0.15 $23.66 $49,210
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 140 0.14 $24.86 $51,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 50 0.04 $27.21 $56,600
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 60 0.01 $26.63 $55,400
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 50 0.01 $25.96 $53,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 30 (7) $25.17 $52,360
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 50 0.05 $25.08 $52,160


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 1,170 0.30 6.85 $25.20 $52,410
Illinois 730 0.13 2.95 $21.09 $43,870
California 400 0.03 0.65 $22.99 $47,810
Pennsylvania 360 0.06 1.46 $21.19 $44,070
Ohio 330 0.07 1.50 $21.22 $44,130




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 1,170 0.30 6.85 $25.20 $52,410
Illinois 730 0.13 2.95 $21.09 $43,870
Wisconsin 310 0.12 2.64 $22.87 $47,560
Connecticut 140 0.09 1.98 $25.68 $53,410
Kansas 110 0.08 1.90 $20.45 $42,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 190 0.05 1.12 $29.35 $61,040
Florida (8) (8) (8) $28.09 $58,440
Connecticut 140 0.09 1.98 $25.68 $53,410
Washington 50 0.02 0.43 $25.63 $53,300
Michigan 1,170 0.30 6.85 $25.20 $52,410





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 590 0.55 12.56 $24.09 $50,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 2.38 $21.74 $45,210
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 280 0.40 9.15 $26.03 $54,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.04 0.93 $22.77 $47,360
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 120 0.12 2.67 $23.74 $49,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 1.60 $22.05 $45,870
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 100 0.12 2.75 $23.56 $49,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 0.56 $18.88 $39,270
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.09 2.08 $22.19 $46,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 2.27 $23.58 $49,040




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 590 0.55 12.56 $24.09 $50,110
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 280 0.40 9.15 $26.03 $54,130
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 30 0.30 6.81 $21.70 $45,140
Wichita, KS 40 0.14 3.29 $20.62 $42,890
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 70 0.13 3.03 $23.02 $47,870
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 50 0.13 2.96 $22.51 $46,820
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 3.07 $20.36 $42,340
Akron, OH 40 0.13 2.98 $19.62 $40,820
Raleigh-Cary, NC 60 0.12 2.79 $17.71 $36,840
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 100 0.12 2.75 $23.56 $49,000




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 2.19 $32.88 $68,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.80 $55,750
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 280 0.40 9.15 $26.03 $54,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.78 $25.75 $53,560
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.61 $51,180
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.09 2.13 $24.56 $51,080
Rochester, NY 40 0.08 1.80 $24.50 $50,950
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.20 $50,330
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 590 0.55 12.56 $24.09 $50,110
Fond du Lac, WI (8) (8) (8) $23.79 $49,480

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 Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 8.45 $20.17 $41,950
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 3.62 $14.73 $30,630

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 Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 8.45 $20.17 $41,950
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 3.62 $14.73 $30,630

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.58 $63,600
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.58 $44,880
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 8.45 $20.17 $41,950
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.44 $36,260
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 3.62 $14.73 $30,630


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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