Below is a sampling of top occupations and wages in the Advanced Manufacturing industry cluster.

Soc Code Title Richmond Metro Avg. Wage National Avg. Wage
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics $55,300 $57,400
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery $54,000 $52,000
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $73,900 $66,800
51-2028 Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers $34,500 $38,800
51-2092 Team Assemblers $34,000 $36,000
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $38,300 $38,700
51-4032 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $39,900 $42,800
51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $48,400 $38,800
51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $36,200 $43,100
51-4035 Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $38,800 $44,900
51-4041 Machinists $51,600 $47,800
51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $43,300 $36,000
51-4081 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $40,700 $39,800
51-4111 Tool and Die Makers $45,900 $55,500
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $48,000 $46,700
51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $36,700 $41,300
51-4193 Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $36,900 $37,000
51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $43,200 $46,800
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $42,700 $41,000
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $43,700 $44,600
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders $42,700 $35,200
51-9124 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $43,800 $42,100
51-9161 Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators $43,200 $44,300
51-9162 Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers $57,300 $61,000
51-9198 Helpers–Production Workers $30,600 $32,000
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $36,200 $39,200
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand $31,400 $33,700

Source: Chmura Economics & Analytics, JobsEQ

*Wages reflect the 2020 annual average.