Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.


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)
21,760 3.8 % $17.01 $35,380 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.61 $13.04 $16.35 $20.29 $25.03
Annual Wage (2) $22,070 $27,120 $34,010 $42,200 $52,070


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)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,610 4.92 $15.33 $31,890
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,890 2.03 $22.92 $47,680
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,400 2.39 $17.66 $36,740
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,220 0.34 $14.70 $30,580
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,200 0.23 $15.66 $32,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,610 4.92 $15.33 $31,890
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,400 2.39 $17.66 $36,740
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,890 2.03 $22.92 $47,680
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 640 1.02 $17.81 $37,050
Forging and Stamping 910 0.94 $16.84 $35,030

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) 100 (7) $26.44 $55,000
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 50 0.03 $26.19 $54,480
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 1,890 2.03 $22.92 $47,680
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 740 0.15 $21.00 $43,680
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 130 0.13 $20.16 $41,940


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 2,440 0.62 3.73 $16.53 $34,380
Ohio 2,010 0.40 2.38 $16.53 $34,380
Pennsylvania 1,890 0.34 2.03 $17.62 $36,650
Texas 1,780 0.17 1.01 $16.22 $33,740
Indiana 1,610 0.57 3.43 $19.32 $40,190




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 2,440 0.62 3.73 $16.53 $34,380
Indiana 1,610 0.57 3.43 $19.32 $40,190
South Carolina 740 0.41 2.47 $16.44 $34,190
Ohio 2,010 0.40 2.38 $16.53 $34,380
Pennsylvania 1,890 0.34 2.03 $17.62 $36,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $25.61 $53,260
Colorado 120 0.05 0.31 $20.04 $41,690
Mississippi 130 0.12 0.70 $19.48 $40,520
Indiana 1,610 0.57 3.43 $19.32 $40,190
New York 540 0.06 0.38 $18.77 $39,040





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 940 0.36 2.14 $16.89 $35,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 800 0.22 1.32 $14.77 $30,720
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 660 0.66 3.98 $15.36 $31,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.17 0.99 $16.79 $34,920
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 570 0.82 4.90 $23.44 $48,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 1.84 $14.84 $30,860
Pittsburgh, PA 400 0.36 2.13 $17.87 $37,180
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 340 1.27 7.59 $24.49 $50,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 300 0.21 1.27 $17.42 $36,230
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.30 1.77 $16.01 $33,300




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)
Peoria, IL 250 1.39 8.30 $17.94 $37,320
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 340 1.27 7.59 $24.49 $50,930
Canton-Massillon, OH 200 1.22 7.31 $16.46 $34,230
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 60 1.01 6.04 $18.23 $37,920
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 220 0.99 5.93 $16.21 $33,720
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 100 0.92 5.53 $17.90 $37,220
Florence, SC 70 0.90 5.38 $16.25 $33,800
Columbus, IN 40 0.90 5.40 $16.54 $34,390
Rockford, IL 120 0.87 5.18 $18.14 $37,720
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 570 0.82 4.90 $23.44 $48,760




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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $25.65 $53,360
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 60 0.12 0.72 $24.81 $51,610
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 340 1.27 7.59 $24.49 $50,930
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 570 0.82 4.90 $23.44 $48,760
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 170 0.18 1.06 $22.80 $47,420
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.12 0.73 $22.54 $46,880
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 70 0.06 0.36 $22.19 $46,140
New Haven, CT 40 0.16 0.96 $21.51 $44,740
Jackson, MS 50 0.22 1.30 $21.40 $44,510
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.22 1.33 $20.68 $43,010

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 1.63 9.78 $15.85 $32,970
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 190 1.20 7.18 $14.29 $29,730
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.16 6.92 $21.90 $45,560
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.60 3.57 $15.83 $32,920
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 160 1.54 9.19 $16.21 $33,710

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 1.63 9.78 $15.85 $32,970
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 160 1.54 9.19 $16.21 $33,710
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 190 1.20 7.18 $14.29 $29,730
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.16 6.92 $21.90 $45,560
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.94 5.64 $17.71 $36,840

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 170 1.16 6.92 $21.90 $45,560
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 2.98 $19.65 $40,870
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 2.15 $19.24 $40,020
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.64 3.85 $18.93 $39,380
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.52 $18.54 $38,570


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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