Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
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Overview
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Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 3% of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders have bachelor's degrees than 97% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, with 11,600 workers, form a smaller workforce than 86% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders are expected to shrink by 21%, and should have about 900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders are more likely to be automated than 83% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders earn.
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Gender
Women account for 10% of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders -- that's a smaller percentage than 80% of other jobs.
Gender of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, the median men's salary was 10% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 19% of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders are minority, and 17% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (17%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (80%)
  • Time Pressure (79%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (70%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (58%)
  • Consequence of Error (56%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (48%)
  • Degree of Automation (37%)
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Salary and diversity
What do metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders.
Distribution: Salaries for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Metal and Plastic Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders.
Employers of Metal and Plastic Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders (ACS)
Private for-profit (96.5%)
Private not-for-profit (0.8%)
Local government (0.1%)
State government (0.0%)
Federal government (0.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.6%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$32K$32K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$39K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders and gender

With 10% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 80% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
Men (90%)
Women (10%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, with the median salary for men 10% higher than the median salary for women.

$30K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 70% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
White (74% )
Black (9% )
Other (7% )
Asian (5% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$26K$32K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KOtherBlackWhite
Distribution: Salaries for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders by nativity
$31K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 4% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 83% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Although most metal and plastic machine workers typically have a high school diploma, many computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers usually need to complete coursework beyond high school. Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines including CNC programming.

For most metal and plastic machine workers, high school courses in computer programming, vocational technology, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics are considered useful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders

Certification can show competence and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills  (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.

Education attained by metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders? Below we see the distribution of metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders salaries based on the education attained.

$30K$32K$37K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (20%)High School (48%)Some College (22%)Associate's/Cert. (6%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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Number of Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all metal and plastic machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

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Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
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BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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