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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $20.36/hr
Median: $23.37/hr
Experienced: $26.88/hr

Current Employment
738 (2018)

Projected Employment
638 (2029)

Growth for Tool and Die Makers

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Tool and Die Makers

IndustryOccupations Jobs in Industry (2018)% Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing30241%9.6%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing618.3%2.5%
Machine Tool Manufacturing415.6%9.6%
Industrial Mold Manufacturing364.8%9.7%
Machine Shops212.9%1%

Occupational Skills

  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, or dial indicators.
  • Study blueprints, sketches, models, or specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools, dies, or assemblies.
  • 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.
  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects.