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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 21059$26.58/hr$19.59/hr$22.36/hr$26.17/hr$30.67/hr$35.70/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$29.48/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$24.96/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$28.05/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$20.41/hr-1.1%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$27.36/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$20.39/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 150$27.68/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 210$26.17/hr0.6%
Southeast Balance of State 210$26.96/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 220$28.00/hr1.5%
Northwest Minnesota 240$27.64/hr9.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,210$28.16/hr-4.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,380$27.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,840$27.62/hr-0.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Machinists 10,980$24.58/hr5.5%
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 320$16.67/hr-15.2%
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic 60$19.92/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.