Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
22,100 3.7 % $16.99 $35,340 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.49 $11.45 $15.45 $20.89 $27.78
Annual Wage (2) $19,740 $23,820 $32,130 $43,450 $57,780


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 7,790 0.23 $14.68 $30,540
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,140 0.41 $22.68 $47,170
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,080 0.20 $16.14 $33,560
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 810 1.88 $16.86 $35,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $25.42 $52,870

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 810 1.88 $16.86 $35,060
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 530 0.88 $16.22 $33,740
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 510 0.87 $18.68 $38,840
Forging and Stamping 550 0.56 $17.26 $35,900
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 620 0.48 $17.38 $36,150

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 30 0.03 $29.47 $61,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $25.42 $52,870
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 260 0.07 $23.30 $48,450
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,140 0.41 $22.68 $47,170
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 580 0.12 $21.19 $44,070


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 2,960 0.20 1.20 $16.50 $34,320
Oregon 2,090 1.24 7.57 $12.79 $26,610
Texas 1,690 0.15 0.92 $22.22 $46,210
Ohio 1,360 0.26 1.60 $16.63 $34,580
Pennsylvania 1,100 0.19 1.19 $18.38 $38,230




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 1,070 1.71 10.44 $15.73 $32,710
Oregon 2,090 1.24 7.57 $12.79 $26,610
Iowa 620 0.41 2.49 $17.44 $36,280
Missouri 900 0.34 2.07 $15.73 $32,720
Indiana 900 0.31 1.89 $17.83 $37,080




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 0.54 $23.23 $48,320
Texas 1,690 0.15 0.92 $22.22 $46,210
Maine 40 0.07 0.40 $21.52 $44,770
Massachusetts 170 0.05 0.30 $20.96 $43,590
Illinois 370 0.06 0.40 $20.49 $42,630





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 1,460 1.38 8.45 $13.24 $27,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.25 1.55 $18.06 $37,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 520 0.28 1.73 $19.38 $40,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.34 2.10 $16.31 $33,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 480 0.17 1.04 $19.69 $40,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 350 0.19 1.19 $17.87 $37,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 0.27 1.64 $15.81 $32,890
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 330 0.29 1.78 $15.83 $32,920
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 310 0.31 1.88 $15.48 $32,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.82 (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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 250 2.07 12.64 $13.76 $28,610
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 100 1.84 11.23 $16.16 $33,620
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 210 1.64 10.00 $14.06 $29,240
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,460 1.38 8.45 $13.24 $27,530
Reading, PA 230 1.34 8.22 $18.27 $38,000
Cedar Rapids, IA 150 1.06 6.49 $22.94 $47,710
Manchester, NH 90 0.90 5.48 $17.79 $37,010
Bellingham, WA 50 0.59 3.60 $22.90 $47,630
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 110 0.51 3.14 $16.46 $34,240
Madison, WI 170 0.50 3.04 $13.71 $28,520




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 70 0.46 2.80 $33.02 $68,670
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 0.38 2.32 $25.89 $53,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.06 0.39 $23.29 $48,440
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 0.99 $23.11 $48,060
Cedar Rapids, IA 150 1.06 6.49 $22.94 $47,710
Bellingham, WA 50 0.59 3.60 $22.90 $47,630
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.27 1.66 $21.08 $43,850
Baltimore-Towson, MD 170 0.13 0.81 $20.80 $43,260
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.22 $20.37 $42,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.30 $42,210

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 330 5.29 32.34 $15.97 $33,230
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.18 7.23 $18.21 $37,880
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 1.45 8.86 $16.75 $34,850
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.94 5.77 $13.27 $27,600
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 2.91 $9.34 $19,430

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)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 330 5.29 32.34 $15.97 $33,230
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 1.45 8.86 $16.75 $34,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.18 7.23 $18.21 $37,880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.94 5.77 $13.27 $27,600
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 4.48 $17.11 $35,580

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 0.32 1.95 $29.94 $62,280
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.69 $51,350
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 1.86 $19.41 $40,360
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 280 1.18 7.23 $18.21 $37,880
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 4.48 $17.11 $35,580


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015