Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
30k
Average Age
42.7
Average Salary
$46,276
Average Male Salary
$49,036
Average Female Salary
$31,104

About

Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are most often employed by the Plastics product manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic was $46,276 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic by wage are Glaziers, Computer numerically controlled tool operators and programmers, and Mental health counselors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are Clearfield, McKean, Elk, Potter & Cameron Counties PUMA, PA, Muskegon County PUMA, MI, and Downriver Area (South) PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are Clearfield, McKean, Elk, Potter & Cameron Counties PUMA, PA, Muskegon County PUMA, MI, and Downriver Area (South) PUMA, MI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic and on wages and locations for those in the field. Plastics product manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, by average wage, is Construction, & mining & oil & gas field machinery manufacturing . Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are paid most in Washington (South) & Greene Counties PUMA, PA but are relatively concentrated in Clearfield, McKean, Elk, Potter & Cameron Counties PUMA, PA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$46,276
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,926

In 2020, Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic earned an average of $46,276, $9,678 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Mental health counselors make somewhat more than Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic while Glaziers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.29
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.29, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, by average wage, are Construction, & mining & oil & gas field machinery manufacturing , Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing, and Rail transportation.

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Industries by Share

30k
2020 Workforce
± 4,255
−2.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 20.5%

The number of people employed as Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic has been declining at a rate of −2.8%, from 30,910 people in 2019 to 30,043 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic employed by various industries. Plastics product manufacturing employs the largest share of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic at  21.1%, followed by Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing with 16.7% and Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing with 9.67%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic in the US. The average age of male Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic in the workforce is 43 and of female Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic is 41.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

25.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,914
4.62k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,669

84.6% of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

68.5% of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.8% of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic.

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Age by Sex

43
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.97
41.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.54

The median age of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic is 42.7, and Male employees are generally 1.51 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic is Business but a relatively high number of Forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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