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Manufacturing career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders51-9191.00RCmod. OJT0.0616,800$20,720$33,860
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers51-2011.00Rlong OJT0.5841,500$30,810$50,810
Assemblers and Fabricators, all other51-2099.00Rmod. OJT0.94277,700$17,940$28,730
Bakers51-3011.00RClong OJT0.56167,600$17,570$25,550
Boilermakers47-2011.00RClong OJT0.3718,000$36,000$60,170
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters51-7011.00RClong OJT0.4186,200$20,130$33,500
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00RCImod. OJT0.333,100$22,480$42,360
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9011.00RCmod. OJT-0.8356,400$28,160$49,150
Chemical Plant and System Operators51-8091.00RClong OJT-1.1538,300$34,380$56,170
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9192.00RCmod. OJT-0.0616,000$18,650$28,750
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9121.00RCImod. OJT0.0583,800$20,640$32,890
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers51-2021.00RCshort OJT-1.0514,400$20,760$33,530
Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers49-9091.00RCmod. OJT-0.2140,900$19,110$33,480
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic51-4012.00CIRlong OJT2.7624,300$31,710$50,200
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers49-2011.00RCI1,2 year0.38133,100$21,860$38,450
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic51-4011.00RCmod. OJT1.45140,300$23,670$37,920
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders51-9193.00RCImod. OJT0.18,300$19,100$30,790
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9021.00RCImod. OJT-0.2330,200$20,720$34,700
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand51-9031.00RCshort OJT-1.5314,200$18,500$28,160
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9032.00RCmod. OJT-0.8458,300$20,660$32,970
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4031.00RCmod. OJT-0.89184,700$20,440$32,430
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4032.00RCImod. OJT-2.2520,900$21,940$36,280
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers49-2092.00RC1,2 year-0.4120,700$24,750$41,850
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers51-2022.00RCshort OJT-0.68198,300$19,510$32,070
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment49-2094.00RIC1,2 year0.3469,000$34,110$55,610
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers51-2023.00RCIshort OJT-0.7150,500$21,710$34,330
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers49-2097.00RC1,2 year0.1231,300$21,690$38,140
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers51-2031.00RCshort OJT-0.1442,000$25,460$40,180
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4021.00RCmod. OJT-1.5974,900$21,210$33,800
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers51-6091.00Rmod. OJT-1.2218,000$21,460$34,090
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9041.00RCImod. OJT-0.3270,600$20,550$33,470
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers51-6092.00RAClong OJT-2.56,500$22,030$47,280
Fabric Menders, Except Garment49-9093.00Rmod. OJT-1.041,000$17,830$25,020
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators51-2091.00RCImod. OJT-0.4118,200$20,060$30,300
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers49-1011.00ECRwork exp.0.78436,400$37,350$64,670
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers51-1011.00ERCwork exp.-0.18594,700$33,060$59,060
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4022.00RCImod. OJT-1.2822,600$21,400$35,480
Foundry Mold and Coremakers51-4071.00RCmod. OJT-1.6212,400$21,350$32,510
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders51-9051.00RCmod. OJT-0.4320,500$22,580$36,800
Furniture Finishers51-7021.00RAlong OJT0.3314,800$19,850$30,660
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand51-9022.00RCmod. OJT-0.1731,500$19,460$29,980
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4033.00Rmod. OJT-1.2671,500$21,310$34,150
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4191.00RCmod. OJT-0.1922,000$22,900$36,850
Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers49-9098.00RCIshort OJT1.37127,500$17,780$27,720
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Helpers--Production Workers51-9198.00RCshort OJT0.71419,900$17,470$25,600
Home Appliance Repairers49-9031.00RCIlong OJT0.0743,700$20,840$37,720
Industrial Machinery Mechanics49-9041.00RIClong OJT1.89319,300$31,410$50,440
Industrial Production Managers11-3051.00ECBachelor-0.24172,700$56,290$101,640
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers51-9061.00CRmod. OJT0.55464,300$20,820$38,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, all other49-9099.00Rmod. OJT0.88159,600$21,670$40,400
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers51-9071.00RA1,2 year-0.9832,700$21,130$40,350
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4034.00RICmod. OJT-1.438,600$23,070$37,360
Lay-Out Workers, Metal and Plastic51-4192.00RCImod. OJT-0.312,700$27,000$46,290
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers49-9094.00RCmod. OJT0.7422,300$23,220$40,620
Machinists51-4041.00RCIlong OJT0.88397,500$24,620$41,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General49-9071.00RCImod. OJT0.941,325,100$21,370$38,390
Maintenance Workers, Machinery49-9043.00RCIshort OJT1.1189,000$26,450$44,050
Medical Equipment Repairers49-9062.00RICAssociate3.0342,300$27,660$48,540
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, all other51-4199.00RCmod. OJT0.2926,300$19,740$35,340
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4035.00RCmod. OJT-1.2623,100$23,390$38,830
Millwrights49-9044.00RCIlong OJT1.8439,400$31,280$51,520
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9023.00RCImod. OJT-0.31120,100$21,260$35,950
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00RICmod. OJT0.226,100$25,570$48,370
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00RAClong OJT0.551,300$19,930$34,570
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic51-9195.00RAmod. OJT0.7542,000$19,340$31,700
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4072.00RCImod. OJT-1.54125,000$19,490$30,600
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4081.00Rmod. OJT-1.3285,900$21,980$35,290
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.00RAIlong OJT0.628,200$19,540$36,200
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00RCElong OJT0.057,200$62,890$82,270
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics49-3053.00RCmod. OJT0.5530,500$20,640$33,730
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders51-9111.00RCshort OJT0.06369,200$18,040$28,940
Packers and Packagers, Hand53-7064.00RCshort OJT0.6666,900$17,040$23,040
Painters, Transportation Equipment51-9122.00RCmod. OJT1.0448,900$25,730$44,580
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers51-9123.00Rshort OJT0.0217,000$18,960$30,540
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9196.00RCmod. OJT-0.895,000$20,820$36,550
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00RCImod. OJT0.64,400$22,360$41,670
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00RIAlong OJT0.02800$21,710$39,870
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators51-9151.00RCmod. OJT0.0247,100$17,840$28,460
Plant and System Operators, all other51-8099.00RClong OJT0.0711,900$32,130$55,240
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4193.00RCmod. OJT-0.8635,000$20,270$32,330
Pourers and Casters, Metal51-4052.00RCmod. OJT-1.8710,700$21,790$34,430
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00RIClong OJT-0.0911,700$51,450$78,170
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, all other49-9069.00Rlong OJT0.4513,800$30,570$52,120
Production Workers, all other51-9199.00RCmod. OJT0.73241,800$18,170$31,360
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks43-5061.00CEshort OJT0.36284,700$26,830$47,590
Radio Mechanics49-2021.00RIC1,2 year0.6616,400$27,880$49,880
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons49-9045.00RCImod. OJT0.042,100$31,510$45,760
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic51-4023.00RCmod. OJT-0.9936,400$24,160$40,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood51-7041.00RCImod. OJT1.3540,200$18,390$28,410
Semiconductor Processors51-9141.00RCIAssociate-2.7121,300$24,520$36,770
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-9012.00RCImod. OJT-0.2941,300$23,150$41,150
Sewers, Hand51-6051.00RACshort OJT-0.9311,100$17,770$24,980
Sewing Machine Operators51-6031.00RCmod. OJT-2.58161,400$17,330$23,990
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers51-6041.00RCAlong OJT-1.48,700$17,350$25,840
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders51-6042.00RCmod. OJT-3.533,500$17,230$26,390
Team Assemblers51-2092.00RCEmod. OJT0.481,031,800$18,590$30,740
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders51-6061.00Rmod. OJT-2.411,400$18,160$26,410
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6062.00RCmod. OJT-2.7115,500$18,040$26,760
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6063.00RClong OJT-2.4521,900$18,760$27,890
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-6064.00RCmod. OJT-2.0527,500$19,670$26,680
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, all other51-6099.00Rshort OJT-0.8216,400$17,980$29,010
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters51-2093.00RCmod. OJT-0.261,200$21,150$35,230
Tire Builders51-9197.00RCmod. OJT-0.8817,400$25,030$41,960
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00RIClong OJT-0.1478,600$31,310$50,090
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners51-4194.00RCmod. OJT0.0412,600$22,250$37,380
Upholsterers51-6093.00Rlong OJT0.0740,900$19,940$33,280
Watch Repairers49-9064.00RCIlong OJT0.193,200$20,010$38,240
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers51-4121.00RClong OJT0.58357,400$25,510$40,040
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders51-4122.00RCmod. OJT1.9853,500$23,290$36,450
Woodworkers, all other51-7099.00Rmod. OJT0.517,500$18,300$31,410
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing51-7042.00RCImod. OJT1.0261,500$18,900$28,580

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2012 to 2022. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2012 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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