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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 51067$19.79/hr$13.89/hr$16.69/hr$20.24/hr$23.11/hr$25.02/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities200$19.55/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$17.55/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$16.22/hr8.8%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$17.97/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$19.14/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$17.32/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 130$19.70/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 180$18.40/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$18.60/hr-12.1%
Rochester MN MSA 290$19.32/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 300$20.28/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 510$20.24/hr8.4%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 520$17.51/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 530$18.43/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 780$19.15/hr6.5%
Northwest Minnesota 830$18.45/hr6.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,220$21.96/hr-9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,870$21.72/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,400$20.74/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.