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Metal Worker and Plastic Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of metal workers and plastic workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of metal workers and plastic workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of metal workers and plastic workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The metal workers and plastic workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Metal Worker and Plastic Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,770
25th Percentile Wage
$29,460
50th Percentile Wage
$37,560
75th Percentile Wage
$48,190
90th Percentile Wage
$59,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for metal workers and plastic workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) metal workers and plastic workers is $59,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,770. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 151% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of metal workers and plastic workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201637,5602.21%5.80%
201536,7301.66%-
201436,1201.41%-
201335,6100.65%-
201235,380--

Table 2. Metal Worker and Plastic Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of metal workers and plastic workers in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for metal workers and plastic workers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $74,930. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $26,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$74,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$54,870
Transportation and Warehousing
$51,100
Educational Services
$49,420
Mining
$48,340
Information
$46,030
Construction
$45,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,790
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,860
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,710
Manufacturing
$37,420
Wholesale Trade
$36,780
Retail Trade
$34,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,540
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,890

Table 3. Salaries of Metal Worker and Plastic Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of metal worker and plastic worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
$50,580
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
$48,550
Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$46,600
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
$44,210
Machinists
$41,700
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
$41,040
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$40,680
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$39,840
Computer Control Programmers and Operators
$39,290
Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, and Casters
$39,220
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$38,480
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
$37,880
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$36,930
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$36,410
Pourers and Casters, Metal
$36,180
Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$35,830
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
$34,790
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$34,340
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$33,870
Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$33,620
Grinding/Lapping/Polishing/Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pla
$32,890
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$32,370
Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,820
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
$30,480


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