Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
22,190 3.8 % $17.26 $35,910 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.54 $11.70 $15.86 $21.58 $27.86
Annual Wage (2) $19,840 $24,340 $32,990 $44,880 $57,940


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)
Employment Services 7,680 0.21 $15.12 $31,440
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,160 0.21 $15.85 $32,960
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 1,010 2.33 $15.64 $32,520
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 990 0.35 $22.71 $47,230
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 850 0.23 $15.76 $32,780

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 1,010 2.33 $15.64 $32,520
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 760 1.23 $17.33 $36,040
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 430 0.73 $17.78 $36,980
Forging and Stamping 540 0.53 $17.59 $36,590
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 460 0.36 $17.76 $36,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $26.41 $54,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 670 0.03 $25.77 $53,600
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 490 0.09 $25.67 $53,390
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 360 0.07 $23.95 $49,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 180 0.05 $23.69 $49,280


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 3,220 0.21 1.29 $16.12 $33,530
Oregon 1,860 1.07 6.68 $13.70 $28,490
Ohio 1,740 0.33 2.04 $18.53 $38,530
Texas 1,600 0.14 0.86 $23.08 $48,000
Pennsylvania 1,090 0.19 1.19 $18.28 $38,010




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 840 1.32 8.22 $16.03 $33,340
Oregon 1,860 1.07 6.68 $13.70 $28,490
Vermont 130 0.44 2.74 $15.54 $32,320
Missouri 970 0.36 2.22 $14.45 $30,060
Iowa 530 0.35 2.17 $19.39 $40,330




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 350 0.09 0.53 $23.71 $49,310
Texas 1,600 0.14 0.86 $23.08 $48,000
Virginia 350 0.10 0.60 $20.58 $42,800
Massachusetts 230 0.07 0.41 $20.26 $42,140
Maine 40 0.07 0.43 $19.55 $40,670





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 1,290 1.19 7.38 $14.66 $30,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.20 1.26 $17.09 $35,550
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.49 3.02 $15.70 $32,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 530 0.28 1.75 $18.12 $37,690
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 450 0.44 2.71 $25.04 $52,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 420 0.14 0.90 $20.84 $43,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.21 1.33 $17.46 $36,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 390 0.29 1.78 $14.87 $30,930
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 380 0.37 2.32 $14.86 $30,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 0.97 (8) (8)




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)
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 120 2.36 14.66 $13.78 $28,660
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 250 2.04 12.70 $14.35 $29,860
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 190 1.46 9.06 $14.56 $30,280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,290 1.19 7.38 $14.66 $30,480
Cedar Rapids, IA 150 1.06 6.61 $23.09 $48,030
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.05 6.55 $19.07 $39,660
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 130 1.04 6.44 $15.30 $31,820
Saginaw, MI 60 0.76 4.75 (8) (8)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 70 0.74 4.62 (8) (8)
Wilmington, NC 80 0.62 3.86 $33.37 $69,410




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 80 0.62 3.86 $33.37 $69,410
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 450 0.44 2.71 $25.04 $52,070
Cedar Rapids, IA 150 1.06 6.61 $23.09 $48,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.36 $21.85 $45,450
Bellingham, WA 40 0.48 2.98 $21.37 $44,450
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.23 $21.16 $44,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.07 $43,820
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL (8) (8) (8) $21.02 $43,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 420 0.14 0.90 $20.84 $43,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 80 0.14 0.90 $20.81 $43,290

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 290 1.16 7.19 $18.50 $38,480
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 3.41 $19.04 $39,600
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.05 6.53 $21.19 $44,070
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 80 0.24 1.49 $12.29 $25,560
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 1.92 $18.77 $39,040

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 Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 290 1.16 7.19 $18.50 $38,480
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.05 6.53 $21.19 $44,070
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 4.75 $17.90 $37,230
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 4.30 $19.87 $41,320
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 3.41 $19.04 $39,600

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)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.08 $50,090
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.05 6.53 $21.19 $44,070
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 4.30 $19.87 $41,320
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.76 $19.65 $40,870
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 3.41 $19.04 $39,600


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