Metal and Plastic Processing Workers


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Metal and Plastic Processing Workers

Metal and Plastic Processing Workers - Wages & Trends

Wages vary by the type of material worked with. Wages also vary based on the size of the company, the industry, and the type of machine operated. Workers earn higher wages for working with more complex machines. The skill level and experience of the operator also affect wages. In addition, workers who are members of a union usually receive higher wages.

Many full-time metal and plastic processing workers receive benefits. These typically include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4031)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.61 $16.97 $21.28
Yearly $28,304 $35,306 $44,271
    Champaign Area Hourly $15.08 $18.90 $24.62
Yearly $31,362 $39,307 $51,216
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $12.90 $14.33 $16.85
Yearly $26,828 $29,805 $35,056
    Cook County Hourly $13.83 $17.16 $21.50
Yearly $28,767 $35,698 $44,730
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $10.84 $12.86 $17.89
Yearly $22,544 $26,742 $37,212
    Du Page County Hourly $13.94 $16.55 $20.61
Yearly $28,999 $34,432 $42,864
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $15.72 $19.29 $22.26
Yearly $32,701 $40,114 $46,309
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $13.80 $16.46 $19.80
Yearly $28,702 $34,242 $41,189
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $13.09 $16.62 $19.53
Yearly $27,230 $34,574 $40,619
    Lake County Hourly $11.45 $14.37 $18.56
Yearly $23,818 $29,889 $38,612
    McHenry County Hourly $14.81 $18.12 $21.78
Yearly $30,795 $37,697 $45,298
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $15.23 $17.03 $18.85
Yearly $31,678 $35,424 $39,200
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $15.90 $19.10 $26.53
Yearly $33,068 $39,726 $55,183
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.42 $16.95 $19.60
Yearly $30,004 $35,261 $40,760
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $16.04 $19.03 $21.56
Yearly $33,358 $39,591 $44,854
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $15.42 $18.16 $21.45
Yearly $32,073 $37,774 $44,617
    Rockford Area Hourly $13.39 $16.13 $20.68
Yearly $27,854 $33,549 $43,023
    Springfield Area Hourly $17.99 $25.37 $28.27
Yearly $37,416 $52,771 $58,803
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $15.18 $18.28 $21.99
Yearly $31,568 $38,022 $45,733
    Vermilion County Hourly $18.04 $21.02 $23.26
Yearly $37,516 $43,717 $48,371
    Will County Hourly $14.74 $18.57 $26.74
Yearly $30,651 $38,632 $55,619
United States Hourly $13.96 $17.12 $21.23
Yearly $29,030 $35,610 $44,150

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4032)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.75 $20.06 $23.59
Yearly $30,689 $41,721 $49,065
    Cook County Hourly $11.83 $14.12 $18.87
Yearly $24,616 $29,368 $39,258
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $11.59 $19.04 $23.55
Yearly $24,102 $39,594 $48,989
    Du Page County Hourly $13.71 $16.06 $20.84
Yearly $28,525 $33,395 $43,337
United States Hourly $15.05 $18.71 $24.24
Yearly $31,290 $38,910 $50,420

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4021)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.87 $17.70 $23.07
Yearly $30,937 $36,822 $47,994
    Cook County Hourly $15.12 $17.93 $21.76
Yearly $31,444 $37,290 $45,268
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $12.87 $14.12 $15.93
Yearly $26,774 $29,375 $33,131
    Du Page County Hourly $16.50 $17.93 $19.79
Yearly $34,329 $37,297 $41,154
    Lake County Hourly $14.99 $16.32 $17.85
Yearly $31,177 $33,949 $37,136
    Will County Hourly $12.92 $14.11 $16.03
Yearly $26,873 $29,344 $33,333
United States Hourly $14.16 $17.46 $21.80
Yearly $29,460 $36,320 $45,350

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4022)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $16.29 $19.96 $23.42
Yearly $33,893 $41,518 $48,719
    Cook County Hourly $16.23 $20.50 $23.69
Yearly $33,756 $42,645 $49,285
    Rockford Area Hourly $15.19 $19.65 $23.19
Yearly $31,599 $40,862 $48,229
United States Hourly $15.61 $19.07 $23.71
Yearly $32,460 $39,670 $49,320

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4033)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.09 $17.73 $22.86
Yearly $29,303 $36,871 $47,542
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $12.34 $13.59 $15.23
Yearly $25,657 $28,259 $31,685
    Cook County Hourly $14.65 $17.97 $24.37
Yearly $30,475 $37,369 $50,689
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $13.26 $15.72 $18.74
Yearly $27,583 $32,706 $38,980
    Du Page County Hourly $13.18 $19.47 $25.72
Yearly $27,421 $40,497 $53,493
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $12.62 $20.66 $24.02
Yearly $26,248 $42,966 $49,952
    Lake County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    McHenry County Hourly $16.04 $17.64 $20.33
Yearly $33,358 $36,690 $42,293
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $10.98 $13.01 $16.12
Yearly $22,830 $27,064 $33,524
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $15.33 $17.40 $19.80
Yearly $31,888 $36,185 $41,180
    Rockford Area Hourly $12.74 $15.50 $19.14
Yearly $26,509 $32,245 $39,814
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $11.46 $16.43 $23.34
Yearly $23,847 $34,174 $48,542
    Will County Hourly $14.95 $19.85 $26.88
Yearly $31,100 $41,298 $55,904
United States Hourly $14.12 $17.36 $21.54
Yearly $29,360 $36,100 $44,810
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4191)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.78 $17.16 $21.35
Yearly $28,665 $35,695 $44,400
    Cook County Hourly $13.08 $16.48 $21.63
Yearly $27,216 $34,282 $44,996
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $13.51 $15.22 $17.58
Yearly $28,110 $31,664 $36,566
    Du Page County Hourly $14.02 $16.81 $19.09
Yearly $29,169 $34,964 $39,706
    McHenry County Hourly $16.40 $18.13 $20.15
Yearly $34,117 $37,720 $41,919
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $15.71 $17.82 $21.32
Yearly $32,672 $37,055 $44,344
    Rockford Area Hourly $14.08 $17.66 $21.66
Yearly $29,285 $36,738 $45,063
United States Hourly $15.00 $18.39 $22.69
Yearly $31,210 $38,250 $47,200

Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4034)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $17.21 $20.73 $24.05
Yearly $35,795 $43,125 $50,032
    Cook County Hourly $16.06 $20.80 $25.49
Yearly $33,407 $43,261 $53,020
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $15.26 $18.01 $21.71
Yearly $31,748 $37,459 $45,150
    Du Page County Hourly $16.56 $18.38 $21.06
Yearly $34,449 $38,231 $43,798
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $15.73 $17.52 $19.32
Yearly $32,711 $36,449 $40,186
    Rockford Area Hourly $19.93 $21.97 $24.00
Yearly $41,455 $45,696 $49,913
    Will County Hourly $19.08 $22.24 $25.48
Yearly $39,689 $46,254 $53,001
United States Hourly $15.61 $19.28 $23.86
Yearly $32,480 $40,100 $49,630

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4035)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $18.25 $22.39 $27.07
Yearly $37,956 $46,575 $56,296
    Cook County Hourly $20.81 $25.21 $29.32
Yearly $43,293 $52,444 $60,991
    Du Page County Hourly $18.59 $22.37 $26.19
Yearly $38,663 $46,532 $54,467
    Lake County Hourly $19.32 $21.05 $22.82
Yearly $40,181 $43,794 $47,474
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $15.16 $17.22 $19.55
Yearly $31,534 $35,816 $40,655
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $17.30 $20.74 $22.93
Yearly $35,991 $43,138 $47,700
    Rockford Area Hourly $14.06 $16.69 $21.56
Yearly $29,240 $34,707 $44,846
    Will County Hourly $16.54 $19.23 $24.85
Yearly $34,409 $39,992 $51,698
United States Hourly $16.28 $20.77 $26.01
Yearly $33,870 $43,210 $54,090

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4072)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.32 $16.49 $21.29
Yearly $27,715 $34,308 $44,288
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.70 $17.08 $23.71
Yearly $28,506 $35,516 $49,315
    Cook County Hourly $12.69 $15.48 $20.44
Yearly $26,393 $32,203 $42,513
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $11.99 $14.01 $18.89
Yearly $24,940 $29,132 $39,282
    Du Page County Hourly $13.38 $19.39 $25.01
Yearly $27,831 $40,337 $52,011
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $15.96 $20.77 $24.97
Yearly $33,198 $43,198 $51,927
    Lake County Hourly $14.27 $17.20 $23.55
Yearly $29,682 $35,778 $48,989
    McHenry County Hourly $12.91 $15.97 $19.90
Yearly $26,856 $33,209 $41,396
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $17.12 $25.67 $29.19
Yearly $35,617 $53,390 $60,718
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $12.47 $15.89 $20.67
Yearly $25,939 $33,058 $42,994
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $16.33 $20.69 $23.36
Yearly $33,971 $43,029 $48,585
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $12.97 $14.20 $16.92
Yearly $26,967 $29,545 $35,184
    Rockford Area Hourly $13.28 $15.10 $18.08
Yearly $27,628 $31,418 $37,616
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $19.33 $21.56 $23.60
Yearly $40,213 $44,843 $49,085
    Vermilion County Hourly $13.95 $16.80 $25.98
Yearly $29,025 $34,938 $54,033
    Will County Hourly $13.38 $14.47 $16.23
Yearly $27,821 $30,097 $33,755
United States Hourly $12.69 $15.45 $19.47
Yearly $26,400 $32,130 $40,490

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4081)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.22 $18.05 $22.48
Yearly $29,585 $37,542 $46,764
    Champaign Area Hourly $12.89 $17.26 $22.13
Yearly $26,811 $35,895 $46,040
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $15.18 $19.25 $23.91
Yearly $31,571 $40,031 $49,736
    Cook County Hourly $14.13 $18.31 $23.19
Yearly $29,397 $38,082 $48,236
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $14.16 $18.31 $24.31
Yearly $29,453 $38,090 $50,569
    Du Page County Hourly $13.16 $16.76 $20.25
Yearly $27,375 $34,865 $42,124
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $12.91 $17.75 $22.56
Yearly $26,857 $36,927 $46,922
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $16.30 $20.05 $22.36
Yearly $33,897 $41,714 $46,499
    Lake County Hourly $12.22 $16.60 $21.13
Yearly $25,425 $34,521 $43,954
    McHenry County Hourly $12.58 $14.09 $16.39
Yearly $26,163 $29,298 $34,098
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $14.67 $17.87 $20.87
Yearly $30,504 $37,166 $43,419
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $17.74 $20.77 $23.22
Yearly $36,907 $43,201 $48,294
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $14.01 $18.03 $22.81
Yearly $29,140 $37,508 $47,445
    Rockford Area Hourly $16.93 $19.55 $24.10
Yearly $35,205 $40,668 $50,132
    Springfield Area Hourly $13.12 $17.87 $21.70
Yearly $27,283 $37,170 $45,142
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $12.47 $14.58 $18.47
Yearly $25,932 $30,330 $38,415
    Will County Hourly $13.04 $16.42 $21.96
Yearly $27,118 $34,157 $45,681
United States Hourly $14.04 $17.47 $22.19
Yearly $29,200 $36,330 $46,150

Plating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4193)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $13.14 $15.77 $19.39
Yearly $27,327 $32,794 $40,323
    Cook County Hourly $13.36 $16.10 $21.38
Yearly $27,786 $33,482 $44,475
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $12.15 $13.37 $14.68
Yearly $25,281 $27,803 $30,526
    Du Page County Hourly $13.08 $14.58 $18.20
Yearly $27,207 $30,317 $37,847
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $13.56 $15.78 $20.07
Yearly $28,201 $32,824 $41,742
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $13.54 $15.91 $18.61
Yearly $28,154 $33,088 $38,712
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $12.19 $13.12 $14.05
Yearly $25,351 $27,290 $29,229
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $14.77 $16.63 $18.28
Yearly $30,713 $34,585 $38,027
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $11.12 $12.97 $18.90
Yearly $23,125 $26,978 $39,314
    Rockford Area Hourly $12.60 $14.73 $18.62
Yearly $26,205 $30,631 $38,724
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $13.05 $14.52 $16.68
Yearly $27,145 $30,206 $34,704
United States Hourly $13.20 $16.10 $19.90
Yearly $27,450 $33,500 $41,400

Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (SOC 51-4023)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $17.08 $20.82 $27.00
Yearly $35,535 $43,304 $56,165
    Cook County Hourly $16.67 $21.32 $27.39
Yearly $34,666 $44,353 $56,966
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $11.28 $13.18 $19.41
Yearly $23,473 $27,413 $40,380
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $19.80 $25.44 $30.61
Yearly $41,174 $52,915 $63,661
    Rockford Area Hourly $21.92 $28.25 $34.14
Yearly $45,602 $58,756 $71,002
United States Hourly $15.38 $19.47 $24.26
Yearly $31,990 $40,490 $50,460

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.