Median hourly earnings of tool and die makers were $20.55 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $16.70 and $25.93. The lowest 10 percent had earnings of less than $13.57, while the top 10 percent earned more than $31.19. Median hourly earnings in the manufacturing industries employing the largest numbers of tool and die makers in May 2004 are:
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing
|Plastics product manufacturing
|Forging and stamping
|Metalworking machinery manufacturing
|Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing
Apprentice’s pay is tied to their skill level. As they gain more skills and reach specific levels of performance and experience, their pay increases.