Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 82059$19.06/hr$13.96/hr$16.03/hr$18.60/hr$22.07/hr$25.16/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities200$18.95/hr
Professional and Business Services340$16.24/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$19.44/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$15.43/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$17.98/hr8.8%
Northeast Balance of State 80$16.88/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$19.72/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$19.55/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 170$19.18/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 180$16.49/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 260$20.87/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 260$20.24/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 270$19.46/hr-12.1%
Southeast Minnesota 480$20.82/hr8.4%
Northwest Balance of State 530$18.57/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 790$19.05/hr6.5%
Northwest Minnesota 820$18.60/hr6.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,280$22.42/hr-9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,150$21.91/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,610$21.10/hr-4.0%

  • Clean work area.
  • Clean and lubricate machines.
  • Mark identifying data on workpieces.
  • Plan sequences of operations, applying knowledge of physical properties of workpiece materials.
  • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
  • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
  • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes.