Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
22,270 3.1 % $16.99 $35,340 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.27 $11.53 $15.63 $21.07 $27.63
Annual Wage (2) $19,290 $23,970 $32,510 $43,830 $57,470


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 6,120 0.19 $14.54 $30,250
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,380 0.26 $15.95 $33,170
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,310 0.48 $21.17 $44,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 980 0.05 $24.07 $50,070
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 800 1.91 $16.55 $34,420

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 800 1.91 $16.55 $34,420
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 430 0.76 $15.46 $32,160
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 370 0.60 $17.93 $37,290
Forging and Stamping 540 0.55 $16.73 $34,790
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 670 0.53 $17.39 $36,160

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) 980 0.05 $24.07 $50,070
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $23.57 $49,030
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 280 0.07 $23.13 $48,110
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 160 0.18 $21.40 $44,510
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,310 0.48 $21.17 $44,030


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)
Texas 1,850 0.17 1.01 $20.41 $42,460
Michigan 1,480 0.37 2.21 $14.03 $29,190
Pennsylvania 1,230 0.22 1.30 $17.59 $36,580
New Hampshire 1,230 1.98 11.80 $15.33 $31,890
Oregon 1,190 0.73 4.32 $13.82 $28,740




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 1,230 1.98 11.80 $15.33 $31,890
Oregon 1,190 0.73 4.32 $13.82 $28,740
Wisconsin 1,090 0.40 2.39 $16.58 $34,490
Michigan 1,480 0.37 2.21 $14.03 $29,190
Iowa 530 0.35 2.10 $16.56 $34,450




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 330 0.08 0.50 $22.27 $46,310
Maine 70 0.11 0.66 $21.06 $43,800
Texas 1,850 0.17 1.01 $20.41 $42,460
Illinois 640 0.11 0.67 $19.93 $41,450
Virginia 330 0.09 0.54 $19.88 $41,340





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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,050 1.02 6.09 $13.72 $28,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.25 1.49 $17.46 $36,310
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 500 0.45 2.65 $14.81 $30,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.27 1.60 $20.44 $42,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 480 0.17 1.03 $17.54 $36,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 420 0.35 2.07 $15.69 $32,630
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.60 $20.76 $43,190
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 360 2.76 16.46 $14.41 $29,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.06 0.38 $13.93 $28,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 310 0.17 1.03 $18.11 $37,670




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 360 2.76 16.46 $14.41 $29,980
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 90 1.76 10.47 $16.35 $34,010
Reading, PA 200 1.21 7.18 (8) (8)
St. Cloud, MN 100 1.08 6.40 $15.17 $31,550
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.07 6.36 $11.10 $23,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,050 1.02 6.09 $13.72 $28,530
Manchester, NH 100 0.97 5.77 $15.95 $33,180
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.87 5.18 $23.34 $48,540
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 90 0.79 4.70 $14.77 $30,720
Fort Smith, AR-OK 80 0.73 4.35 $15.11 $31,430




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)
Wilmington, NC 60 0.41 2.43 $32.50 $67,590
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 60 0.35 2.06 $28.02 $58,280
St. Louis, MO-IL 190 0.14 0.86 $25.32 $52,670
Baltimore-Towson, MD 120 0.09 0.56 $24.17 $50,280
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.87 5.18 $23.34 $48,540
Knoxville, TN 30 0.10 0.60 $22.90 $47,630
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.19 1.12 $22.35 $46,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.60 $20.76 $43,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.27 1.60 $20.44 $42,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.07 0.40 $20.39 $42,400

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 Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 1.06 6.32 $18.40 $38,270
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.08 6.43 $16.36 $34,020
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 3.31 $15.55 $32,350
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 1.73 $22.91 $47,650
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 4.52 $16.62 $34,570

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 Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.08 6.43 $16.36 $34,020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 1.06 6.32 $18.40 $38,270
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 4.52 $16.62 $34,570
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 3.31 $15.55 $32,350
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 2.61 $11.61 $24,140

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 50 0.31 1.84 $29.16 $60,650
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.79 $49,470
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 1.73 $22.91 $47,650
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 1.06 6.32 $18.40 $38,270
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 1.57 $17.09 $35,560


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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