Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4193 Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.


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)
34,420 3.0 % $15.30 $31,830 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.54 $11.28 $14.29 $17.98 $22.84
Annual Wage (2) $19,830 $23,470 $29,720 $37,390 $47,510


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)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 20,040 14.90 $14.61 $30,400
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,740 0.71 $14.38 $29,910
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,070 0.41 $15.20 $31,620
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 850 0.67 $17.68 $36,770
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 690 0.20 $15.46 $32,160

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 20,040 14.90 $14.61 $30,400
Hardware Manufacturing 300 1.34 $14.53 $30,220
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 360 0.87 $13.67 $28,430
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,740 0.71 $14.38 $29,910
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 850 0.67 $17.68 $36,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 590 0.12 $26.71 $55,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $24.47 $50,910
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 60 0.20 $21.17 $44,030
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 50 0.02 $20.88 $43,420
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 90 0.07 $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)
California 3,700 0.26 0.98 $15.87 $33,010
Illinois 2,340 0.42 1.57 $14.94 $31,070
Michigan 2,200 0.56 2.13 $14.38 $29,910
Indiana 2,160 0.77 2.91 $16.10 $33,490
Pennsylvania 2,050 0.37 1.38 $17.41 $36,210




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)
Rhode Island 360 0.80 3.02 $14.02 $29,170
Arkansas 910 0.78 2.97 $14.19 $29,520
Indiana 2,160 0.77 2.91 $16.10 $33,490
Nebraska 590 0.64 2.42 $13.86 $28,830
Connecticut 950 0.59 2.22 $16.86 $35,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 610 0.16 0.60 $18.31 $38,080
Oregon 320 0.20 0.75 $18.07 $37,590
Washington 240 0.09 0.33 $17.84 $37,100
West Virginia 200 0.29 1.09 $17.64 $36,690
Pennsylvania 2,050 0.37 1.38 $17.41 $36,210





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 1,910 0.52 1.99 $14.81 $30,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.36 1.35 $15.77 $32,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,130 0.43 1.62 $14.55 $30,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 910 0.52 1.98 $16.16 $33,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.52 1.98 $15.30 $31,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 670 0.39 1.46 $13.73 $28,550
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 540 0.54 2.04 $12.20 $25,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 530 0.95 3.61 $16.48 $34,270
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 510 0.64 2.41 $15.13 $31,460
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 510 0.48 1.81 $14.07 $29,270




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)
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 140 3.21 12.16 $17.85 $37,130
Jackson, MI 160 3.14 11.89 $14.40 $29,950
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 130 2.29 8.69 $19.25 $40,030
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 100 1.78 6.73 $13.87 $28,850
Anniston-Oxford, AL 70 1.65 6.23 $17.10 $35,570
Erie, PA 210 1.63 6.18 $13.36 $27,790
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 100 1.58 5.99 $14.19 $29,520
Lebanon, PA 80 1.56 5.91 (8) (8)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 490 1.27 4.79 $14.58 $30,320
Springfield, OH 60 1.23 4.64 $12.83 $26,690




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)
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $23.19 $48,230
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 140 1.11 4.19 $22.37 $46,540
Jackson, MS 120 0.48 1.83 $21.89 $45,530
Oklahoma City, OK 140 0.24 0.92 $21.74 $45,210
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.24 0.90 $21.64 $45,010
Boulder, CO 40 0.23 0.86 $21.29 $44,290
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 0.23 $20.22 $42,060
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 70 0.28 1.06 $19.68 $40,940
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 230 0.56 2.14 $19.45 $40,450
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 130 2.29 8.69 $19.25 $40,030

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 450 2.23 8.44 $15.26 $31,740
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.43 12.98 $11.96 $24,880
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 280 2.00 7.58 $12.68 $26,370
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.48 $17.07 $35,510
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.88 3.32 $14.05 $29,230

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)
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.43 12.98 $11.96 $24,880
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 450 2.23 8.44 $15.26 $31,740
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 280 2.00 7.58 $12.68 $26,370
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.94 3.57 $15.38 $31,990
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.48 $17.07 $35,510

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 Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.14 $21.84 $45,420
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.54 $18.39 $38,250
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 1.09 $17.32 $36,030
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.15 $17.12 $35,610
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.48 $17.07 $35,510


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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