Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-4199 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.


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)
20,620 3.3 % $16.48 $34,280 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.25 $11.49 $14.93 $19.94 $26.55
Annual Wage (2) $19,240 $23,890 $31,060 $41,480 $55,220


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)
Employment Services 4,110 0.13 $12.92 $26,870
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,430 0.28 $15.41 $32,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $23.49 $48,870
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 960 0.36 $17.03 $35,420
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 790 1.26 $19.26 $40,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 720 1.74 $16.92 $35,190
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 790 1.26 $19.26 $40,070
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 580 1.01 $17.94 $37,320
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 370 0.64 (8) (8)
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 190 0.49 $16.03 $33,350

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) 1,150 0.06 $23.49 $48,870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 520 0.11 $21.70 $45,140
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $21.47 $44,660
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 290 0.31 $21.31 $44,320
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 180 0.05 $20.80 $43,270


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 1,710 0.44 2.76 $13.79 $28,680
California 1,480 0.10 0.66 $16.11 $33,500
Wisconsin 1,480 0.55 3.50 $14.88 $30,940
Texas 1,480 0.14 0.88 $15.79 $32,840
New Hampshire 1,080 1.76 11.13 $14.78 $30,740




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)
New Hampshire 1,080 1.76 11.13 $14.78 $30,740
Wisconsin 1,480 0.55 3.50 $14.88 $30,940
Michigan 1,710 0.44 2.76 $13.79 $28,680
Indiana 990 0.35 2.22 $17.22 $35,830
Alabama 630 0.35 2.19 $13.78 $28,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 340 0.09 0.55 $23.00 $47,830
Connecticut 230 0.14 0.88 $21.69 $45,110
Maryland 230 0.09 0.59 $21.59 $44,900
Illinois 640 0.11 0.71 $21.15 $43,990
Maine 70 0.12 0.76 $20.23 $42,090





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 610 0.57 3.61 $14.23 $29,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.98 $16.77 $34,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 550 0.32 2.00 $18.45 $38,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 520 0.20 1.25 $13.95 $29,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.08 0.49 $17.22 $35,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 370 0.32 2.03 $15.61 $32,470
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 350 2.71 17.10 $14.04 $29,210
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 280 0.35 2.23 $13.38 $27,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 1.20 $25.94 $53,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 0.90 $18.47 $38,410




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 350 2.71 17.10 $14.04 $29,210
Manchester, NH 110 1.14 7.17 $15.42 $32,070
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 50 0.96 6.04 $17.22 $35,830
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.94 5.93 $11.38 $23,680
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 180 0.90 5.68 $13.83 $28,780
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 110 0.88 5.54 $15.42 $32,070
Ocala, FL 60 0.72 4.55 $13.09 $27,230
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 180 0.67 4.21 $17.40 $36,190
Missoula, MT 30 0.60 3.77 $13.32 $27,710
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 610 0.57 3.61 $14.23 $29,600




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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 1.20 $25.94 $53,950
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 100 0.56 3.56 $24.40 $50,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 0.22 $23.38 $48,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 170 0.14 0.85 $22.32 $46,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.55 $44,830
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 150 0.27 1.73 $20.23 $42,070
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.36 $20.21 $42,030
Springfield, MO 40 0.19 1.23 $19.82 $41,230
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.19 1.19 $19.61 $40,790
Raleigh-Cary, NC 70 0.15 0.92 $19.53 $40,620

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.84 11.65 $14.01 $29,130
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 8.78 $15.32 $31,870
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.57 3.58 $14.12 $29,360
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 2.53 $17.62 $36,650
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 2.22 $15.22 $31,650

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.84 11.65 $14.01 $29,130
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 8.78 $15.32 $31,870
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 1.27 8.01 (8) (8)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 3.96 (8) (8)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.57 3.58 $14.12 $29,360

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 North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.34 $29.01 $60,330
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.35 $40,260
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 2.53 $17.62 $36,650
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.57 $36,540
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 2.97 $16.45 $34,210


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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