Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
6,380 6.9 % $23.18 $48,210 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.31 $16.31 $22.11 $29.69 $36.03
Annual Wage (2) $25,610 $33,920 $45,980 $61,750 $74,940


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)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 710 0.13 $19.99 $41,570
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 620 0.34 $24.22 $50,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 360 0.03 $28.59 $59,460
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 280 0.10 $25.07 $52,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $33.03 $68,690

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 620 0.34 $24.22 $50,380
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 260 0.20 $18.74 $38,980
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 150 0.15 $22.43 $46,650
Specialized Design Services 180 0.14 $23.86 $49,620
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 60 0.14 $20.65 $42,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $33.03 $68,690
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 210 0.04 $30.02 $62,440
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 100 0.03 $28.95 $60,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 360 0.03 $28.59 $59,460
Household Appliance Manufacturing 80 0.13 $28.12 $58,490


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 940 0.23 4.90 $29.98 $62,360
Ohio 540 0.10 2.22 $23.76 $49,420
California 450 0.03 0.63 $23.86 $49,620
Illinois 360 0.06 1.34 $22.65 $47,110
South Carolina 350 0.18 3.96 $14.08 $29,290




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 940 0.23 4.90 $29.98 $62,360
South Carolina 350 0.18 3.96 $14.08 $29,290
Vermont 50 0.15 3.23 $20.56 $42,760
Wisconsin 310 0.11 2.39 $24.43 $50,800
Ohio 540 0.10 2.22 $23.76 $49,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 130 0.04 0.94 $31.02 $64,520
Michigan 940 0.23 4.90 $29.98 $62,360
Massachusetts 120 0.04 0.79 $26.83 $55,800
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $26.77 $55,680
Colorado 70 0.03 0.59 $26.14 $54,370





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)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 220 0.30 6.55 $32.61 $67,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.04 0.95 $23.79 $49,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 1.03 $22.85 $47,520
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.48 $25.10 $52,200
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 3.24 $27.37 $56,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.28 $34.11 $70,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.04 0.96 $25.82 $53,700
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 1.32 $21.80 $45,350
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 1.59 $18.87 $39,260
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 0.93 $25.88 $53,820




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)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 220 0.30 6.55 $32.61 $67,830
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 40 0.29 6.31 $24.58 $51,120
Rochester, MN 30 0.28 5.98 $20.50 $42,640
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.17 3.74 $21.07 $43,820
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 3.24 $27.37 $56,930
Chattanooga, TN-GA 30 0.14 3.06 $23.24 $48,330
Dayton, OH 50 0.13 2.91 $20.94 $43,560
New Haven, CT 30 0.11 2.41 $24.86 $51,710
Rochester, NY 50 0.09 1.94 $22.31 $46,400
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 1.59 $18.87 $39,260




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.28 $34.11 $70,950
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.51 $33.52 $69,720
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 220 0.30 6.55 $32.61 $67,830
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $31.10 $64,700
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.76 $31.03 $64,540
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.07 $62,540
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.69 $61,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.58 $28.33 $58,930
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 3.24 $27.37 $56,930
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $27.33 $56,850

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.38 8.16 $18.79 $39,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.48 $18.20 $37,850

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.38 8.16 $18.79 $39,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.48 $18.20 $37,850

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.38 8.16 $18.79 $39,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.48 $18.20 $37,850


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016