Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
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Overview
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Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 2% of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders have bachelor's degrees than 99% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders, with 16,500 workers, form a smaller workforce than 78% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders are expected to shrink by 3%, and should have about 2,100 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders are more likely to be automated than 86% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders earn.
$34K$0$20K$40K$60K
Gender
Women account for 41% of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders -- that's a larger percentage than 53% of other jobs.
Gender of adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders, the median men's salary was 46% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 21% of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders are minority, and 22% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (22%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Adhesive Bonding Machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (97%)
  • Time Pressure (83%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (69%)
  • Consequence of Error (58%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (51%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (50%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (40%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (39%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (32%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders (BLS Salary Data)
$34K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
$34K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders (ACS Salary Data)
$30K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $45K$32K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders.
Employers of Adhesive Bonding Machine 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 (0.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.3%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$30K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of adhesive bonding machine 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.
$34K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000All

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 adhesive bonding machine 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.

Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders and gender

With 41% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 53% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders
Men (59%)
Women (41%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders tops that, with the median salary for men 46% higher than the median salary for women.

$23K$33K$0$20K$40K$60KWomenMen
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. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 95% 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders
White (72% )
Black (12% )
Other (6% )
Asian (6% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Multiracial (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
21%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
22%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for adhesive bonding machine 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.

$21K$31K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KOtherWhiteBlack
Distribution: Salaries for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders by nativity
$21K$32K$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.

Adhesive bonding machine 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 8% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 64% 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.

$30K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders? Below we see the distribution of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders salaries based on the education attained.

$22K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (22%)High School (48%)

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

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

What jobs will most adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Specialized Assemblers and FabricatorsSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsPolice OfficersSpecialized Production WorkersFarmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural ManagersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversPrinting Press OperatorsIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsElementary and Middle School School TeachersElectrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblersAdhesive Bonding Machine Operators and TendersSewing Machine OperatorsShipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks
Lateral job transitions for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders as well as 1% of respondents after working as adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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 adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine 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.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where adhesive bonding machine 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 adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for adhesive bonding machine 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.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which adhesive bonding machine 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.
Select a state to see local area details
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