Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


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)
11,930 3.4 % $17.15 $35,660 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.39 $12.89 $16.56 $20.65 $24.81
Annual Wage (2) $21,610 $26,800 $34,440 $42,960 $51,600


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)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,200 1.44 $17.79 $37,010
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,270 0.74 $15.26 $31,730
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,240 1.52 $17.84 $37,100
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 800 0.27 $18.02 $37,490
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 640 0.26 $17.19 $35,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,240 1.52 $17.84 $37,100
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 2,200 1.44 $17.79 $37,010
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 520 1.32 $15.10 $31,400
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,270 0.74 $15.26 $31,730
Foundries 620 0.57 $14.98 $31,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $28.43 $59,140
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 170 0.04 $24.80 $51,590
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $23.68 $49,260
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $21.01 $43,690
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 170 0.32 $20.88 $43,430


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)
Michigan 1,060 0.28 3.01 $18.84 $39,200
Wisconsin 990 0.38 4.03 $19.19 $39,920
Pennsylvania 890 0.16 1.74 $15.64 $32,540
California 720 0.05 0.55 $16.02 $33,320
Texas 650 0.06 0.68 $14.35 $29,850




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)
Wisconsin 990 0.38 4.03 $19.19 $39,920
Oregon 530 0.34 3.62 $19.27 $40,070
Michigan 1,060 0.28 3.01 $18.84 $39,200
Idaho 140 0.24 2.54 $15.55 $32,350
Maine 120 0.20 2.16 $15.72 $32,690




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 430 0.16 1.70 $24.07 $50,060
Connecticut 150 0.10 1.01 $20.99 $43,650
Kansas 80 0.07 0.69 $19.65 $40,870
Massachusetts 110 0.04 0.38 $19.53 $40,630
Oregon 530 0.34 3.62 $19.27 $40,070

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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 630 0.62 6.65 $19.24 $40,010
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 570 0.72 7.68 $20.02 $41,640
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 330 0.34 3.60 $20.57 $42,790
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.26 2.78 $18.19 $37,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 230 0.09 1.00 $14.70 $30,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.12 1.27 $20.05 $41,690
St. Louis, MO-IL 190 0.15 1.62 $16.57 $34,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.53 $15.30 $31,820
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.12 1.23 $28.21 $58,670
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 150 0.14 1.48 $12.64 $26,290




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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 150 1.10 11.72 $15.50 $32,240
Owensboro, KY 40 0.90 9.60 $20.96 $43,600
Spartanburg, SC 90 0.80 8.51 $16.96 $35,280
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 570 0.72 7.68 $20.02 $41,640
Battle Creek, MI 40 0.72 7.64 $14.80 $30,790
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 630 0.62 6.65 $19.24 $40,010
Medford, OR 30 0.46 4.92 $15.28 $31,780
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 40 0.43 4.55 $13.62 $28,330
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 70 0.37 3.94 $16.02 $33,330
Eugene-Springfield, OR 50 0.34 3.63 $20.03 $41,660




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.12 1.23 $28.21 $58,670
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 30 0.18 1.90 $24.43 $50,820
Owensboro, KY 40 0.90 9.60 $20.96 $43,600
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.23 2.40 $20.69 $43,030
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 330 0.34 3.60 $20.57 $42,790
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.56 $42,770
Wichita, KS 50 0.19 2.07 $20.38 $42,390
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.06 0.59 $20.29 $42,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.12 1.27 $20.05 $41,690
Eugene-Springfield, OR 50 0.34 3.63 $20.03 $41,660

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)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.99 10.50 $18.97 $39,460
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 11.60 $19.02 $39,550
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 5.37 $17.65 $36,720
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 5.70 $16.85 $35,050
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 3.44 $15.74 $32,740

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 1.26 13.38 $14.02 $29,150
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.18 12.57 $17.75 $36,920
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 11.60 $19.02 $39,550
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 11.41 $22.37 $46,520
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.99 10.50 $18.97 $39,460

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 11.41 $22.37 $46,520
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 9.60 $19.88 $41,360
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 11.60 $19.02 $39,550
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.99 10.50 $18.97 $39,460
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 2.01 $18.74 $38,980


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