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: $21.44/hr
Median: $24.94/hr
Experienced: $28.64/hr

Current Employment
542 (2019)

Projected Employment
474 (2030)

Growth for Tool and Die Makers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Tool and Die Makers

IndustryOccupations Jobs in Industry (2019)% Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing23543.47.7%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing376.8%1.4%
Machine Tool Manufacturing346.2%7.7%
Industrial Mold Manufacturing274.9%7.8%
Machine Shops163%0.7%

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.