Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
70,120 1.8 % $15.54 $32,310 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.87 $11.89 $14.74 $18.23 $22.53
Annual Wage (2) $20,530 $24,720 $30,670 $37,920 $46,860


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,240 2.39 $15.76 $32,770
Foundries 6,150 5.64 $14.91 $31,010
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 5,720 2.34 $16.35 $34,010
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,280 4.44 $15.24 $31,700
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,760 3.12 $16.59 $34,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundries 6,150 5.64 $14.91 $31,010
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 1,970 4.97 $15.95 $33,170
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,280 4.44 $15.24 $31,700
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,760 3.12 $16.59 $34,510
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,240 2.39 $15.76 $32,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 860 1.02 $18.10 $37,650
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 550 0.96 $17.65 $36,710
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,460 1.64 $17.00 $35,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,400 0.71 $16.81 $34,970
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 380 1.14 $16.71 $34,770


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,280 0.59 1.07 $14.01 $29,130
Ohio 5,330 1.08 1.97 $15.88 $33,030
Pennsylvania 4,430 0.81 1.47 $16.51 $34,340
Texas 4,410 0.44 0.79 $12.56 $26,130
Indiana 3,900 1.43 2.59 $15.71 $32,670




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 950 1.57 2.84 $15.35 $31,940
Indiana 3,900 1.43 2.59 $15.71 $32,670
Wisconsin 3,720 1.43 2.59 $15.56 $32,370
Vermont 310 1.09 1.97 $16.15 $33,590
Ohio 5,330 1.08 1.97 $15.88 $33,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 1,360 0.78 1.41 $19.90 $41,380
Maine 280 0.49 0.88 $19.49 $40,540
Michigan 3,510 0.93 1.69 $19.46 $40,480
Connecticut 1,010 0.63 1.14 $17.79 $37,000
Oregon 630 0.40 0.73 $17.54 $36,490

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,440 0.90 1.63 $14.00 $29,120
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,260 0.64 1.16 $16.48 $34,270
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.13 2.05 $13.58 $28,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,520 1.93 3.50 $15.33 $31,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,470 0.59 1.06 $12.33 $25,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,410 0.84 1.52 $17.45 $36,290
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,360 1.40 2.54 $16.35 $34,020
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,360 1.33 2.42 $21.78 $45,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.23 0.41 $16.07 $33,430
Pittsburgh, PA 1,120 1.02 1.86 $16.45 $34,220




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Carson City, NV 230 8.23 14.92 $17.32 $36,030
Elmira, NY 120 3.34 6.06 $16.00 $33,280
Fond du Lac, WI 120 2.88 5.23 $17.08 $35,530
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 280 2.80 5.08 $15.65 $32,540
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 160 2.77 5.03 $13.10 $27,260
Johnson City, TN 210 2.74 4.97 $14.17 $29,470
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 220 2.64 4.79 $16.96 $35,270
Janesville, WI 150 2.55 4.63 $17.29 $35,970
Gainesville, GA 160 2.32 4.21 $17.73 $36,870
Canton-Massillon, OH 360 2.28 4.14 $14.91 $31,010




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.60 1.09 $26.53 $55,190
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 0.23 $23.57 $49,020
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,360 1.33 2.42 $21.78 $45,300
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 70 0.39 0.71 $19.84 $41,260
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $19.45 $40,460
Gadsden, AL 50 1.55 2.81 $19.00 $39,520
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $18.99 $39,490
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 40 0.81 1.46 $18.98 $39,470
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 210 0.63 1.14 $18.98 $39,470
Cedar Rapids, IA 40 0.27 0.48 $18.86 $39,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 890 4.63 8.40 $15.61 $32,470
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 620 6.00 10.88 $23.43 $48,730
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 590 2.74 4.97 $14.98 $31,150
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 490 3.39 6.15 $14.67 $30,520
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 490 3.13 5.68 $18.83 $39,160

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 390 10.04 18.21 $16.21 $33,710
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 620 6.00 10.88 $23.43 $48,730
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 890 4.63 8.40 $15.61 $32,470
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 490 3.39 6.15 $14.67 $30,520
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 490 3.13 5.68 $18.83 $39,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 620 6.00 10.88 $23.43 $48,730
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 1.99 $20.11 $41,820
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 230 1.26 2.28 $18.95 $39,410
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 490 3.13 5.68 $18.83 $39,160
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 1.53 2.77 $18.34 $38,140


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011