Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 21027$28.11/hr$20.52/hr$23.58/hr$27.79/hr$31.68/hr$37.83/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services90$29.05/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$24.13/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$27.59/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$26.61/hr-1.1%
Southwest Balance of State 70$32.17/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 130$27.85/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 130$25.19/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 170$27.32/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$25.98/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 210$27.79/hr9.3%
Central Minnesota 250$28.50/hr1.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,210$28.98/hr-4.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,390$28.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,760$28.55/hr-0.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Machinists 12,870$24.34/hr5.5%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 210$15.82/hr-15.2%
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic 230$17.46/hr-4.7%

  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.
  • Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, or dial indicators.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders.
  • Lift, position, and secure machined parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks, or angle plates.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, or grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects.
  • File, grind, shim, and adjust different parts to properly fit them together.