Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.


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)
30,470 2.6 % $14.06 $29,250 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.27 $10.76 $13.41 $16.77 $20.33
Annual Wage (2) $19,280 $22,380 $27,890 $34,890 $42,280


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)
Foundries 5,710 4.45 $14.62 $30,410
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,380 0.47 $12.46 $25,910
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,360 1.09 $12.62 $26,240
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,880 0.52 $14.17 $29,470
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,550 1.15 $13.81 $28,730

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 5,710 4.45 $14.62 $30,410
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,500 2.21 $15.08 $31,370
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,550 1.15 $13.81 $28,730
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,360 1.09 $12.62 $26,240
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing 850 0.86 $12.81 $26,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rubber Product Manufacturing 150 0.11 $16.22 $33,740
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 220 0.13 $16.12 $33,520
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.05 $15.92 $33,110
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 180 0.47 $15.92 $33,100
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 120 0.19 $15.90 $33,080


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 4,230 0.30 1.26 $14.02 $29,170
Indiana 2,300 0.82 3.50 $13.06 $27,170
Wisconsin 2,180 0.81 3.48 $15.93 $33,130
Texas 1,930 0.18 0.78 $12.39 $25,780
Michigan 1,400 0.36 1.53 $14.79 $30,760




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)
Indiana 2,300 0.82 3.50 $13.06 $27,170
Wisconsin 2,180 0.81 3.48 $15.93 $33,130
Kansas 730 0.55 2.36 $12.77 $26,570
Vermont 140 0.47 2.00 $14.57 $30,310
Rhode Island 210 0.45 1.94 $13.88 $28,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 580 0.36 1.53 $17.45 $36,300
Maryland 120 0.05 0.20 $17.11 $35,600
Virginia 500 0.14 0.59 $16.60 $34,520
Minnesota 700 0.27 1.14 $16.18 $33,660
New Jersey 400 0.10 0.45 $16.14 $33,570





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 1,440 0.37 1.59 $12.80 $26,630
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.70 $12.39 $25,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 580 0.22 0.94 $13.86 $28,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 560 0.25 1.07 $12.73 $26,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.57 2.42 $16.00 $33,280
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.45 1.92 $13.33 $27,720
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 500 0.10 0.42 $14.57 $30,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.35 1.50 $15.03 $31,270
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 460 0.57 2.43 $16.06 $33,400
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 450 3.14 13.43 $11.87 $24,700




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)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 410 7.12 30.44 $18.83 $39,160
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 410 3.79 16.21 $11.65 $24,230
Sheboygan, WI 190 3.51 15.03 $15.15 $31,510
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 450 3.14 13.43 $11.87 $24,700
Elmira, NY 100 2.69 11.50 $16.19 $33,670
Anniston-Oxford, AL 110 2.57 10.99 $15.85 $32,970
Wichita, KS 300 1.08 4.63 $12.59 $26,180
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 320 0.84 3.59 $12.73 $26,480
Rockford, IL 110 0.77 3.30 $17.58 $36,570
Greensboro-High Point, NC 250 0.72 3.09 $12.61 $26,220




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 0.63 $24.69 $51,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.35 $20.97 $43,610
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.37 1.59 $20.76 $43,190
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 90 0.13 0.54 $19.46 $40,480
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 40 0.10 0.45 $19.36 $40,270
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 410 7.12 30.44 $18.83 $39,160
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 40 0.68 2.93 $18.43 $38,320
Stockton, CA 40 0.19 0.81 $17.95 $37,330
Lynchburg, VA (8) (8) (8) $17.60 $36,600
St. Cloud, MN 40 0.47 1.99 $17.58 $36,570

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 820 4.06 17.35 $13.87 $28,860
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 660 4.77 20.39 $17.15 $35,670
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 260 1.47 6.30 $15.97 $33,220
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.66 2.82 $12.93 $26,900
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.64 2.72 $14.44 $30,030

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 660 4.77 20.39 $17.15 $35,670
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 820 4.06 17.35 $13.87 $28,860
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 110 1.71 7.31 $12.25 $25,470
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 260 1.47 6.30 $15.97 $33,220
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.01 4.34 $16.41 $34,130

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 660 4.77 20.39 $17.15 $35,670
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 3.42 $16.85 $35,040
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.01 4.34 $16.41 $34,130
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.88 $16.07 $33,420
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.76 $16.02 $33,330


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013