Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
70,130 1.8 % $16.42 $34,150 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.25 $12.42 $15.70 $19.45 $23.45
Annual Wage (2) $21,310 $25,840 $32,660 $40,460 $48,780


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 6,970 1.88 $15.86 $32,980
Foundries 6,860 5.45 $15.35 $31,920
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,130 2.21 $17.36 $36,100
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,530 4.00 $15.34 $31,910
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,380 2.42 $17.34 $36,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,410 6.35 $19.07 $39,670
Foundries 6,860 5.45 $15.35 $31,920
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,530 4.00 $15.34 $31,910
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,380 2.42 $17.34 $36,070
Hardware Manufacturing 510 2.23 $16.77 $34,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 250 0.13 $24.45 $50,850
Support Activities for Air Transportation (8) (8) $22.95 $47,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $19.23 $40,000
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,410 6.35 $19.07 $39,670
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 770 0.84 $18.92 $39,350


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 7,600 0.50 0.97 $15.19 $31,580
Pennsylvania 5,290 0.94 1.80 $17.16 $35,700
Illinois 4,670 0.81 1.56 $16.18 $33,650
Texas 4,540 0.40 0.78 $15.43 $32,100
Ohio 4,530 0.87 1.68 $16.70 $34,730



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 3,680 1.35 2.60 $16.41 $34,140
Indiana 3,380 1.16 2.24 $17.18 $35,740
Iowa 1,660 1.10 2.11 $15.02 $31,240
Connecticut 1,770 1.07 2.07 $17.95 $37,330
Rhode Island 470 1.01 1.95 $15.18 $31,580



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 2,060 0.62 1.19 $21.05 $43,780
Mississippi 410 0.38 0.73 $19.49 $40,540
South Carolina 1,770 0.95 1.82 $19.24 $40,020
Oregon 980 0.58 1.13 $19.10 $39,720
Maine 210 0.35 0.68 $18.91 $39,330




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 2,820 0.70 1.34 $15.17 $31,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.57 1.09 $16.48 $34,280
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,640 1.10 2.13 $15.10 $31,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,640 0.58 1.11 $16.06 $33,400
Pittsburgh, PA 1,490 1.32 2.54 $17.59 $36,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,320 0.72 1.39 $17.24 $35,860
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.97 1.88 $16.42 $34,140
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,060 1.05 2.02 $17.76 $36,940
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 940 1.14 2.20 $16.80 $34,940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 860 1.52 2.93 $18.74 $38,980



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 200 3.35 6.45 $16.89 $35,130
Rockford, IL 440 2.99 5.76 $14.65 $30,460
Elmira, NY 90 2.53 4.88 $17.20 $35,780
Peoria, IL 400 2.24 4.31 $18.66 $38,820
Carson City, NV 60 2.20 4.24 $16.92 $35,190
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.12 4.08 $16.27 $33,840
York-Hanover, PA 370 2.09 4.03 $19.08 $39,700
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 370 2.04 3.93 $13.72 $28,540
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 800 2.03 3.90 $16.39 $34,080
Dubuque, IA 110 2.00 3.86 $15.89 $33,050



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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 850 0.47 0.91 $24.61 $51,190
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 70 0.72 1.39 $23.86 $49,630
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 110 0.36 0.70 $23.49 $48,860
Sheboygan, WI 90 1.56 3.00 $22.68 $47,160
Springfield, MO 250 1.28 2.46 $20.63 $42,900
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 560 0.62 1.19 $20.60 $42,850
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 360 0.67 1.29 $20.50 $42,640
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.45 0.86 $20.40 $42,430
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 530 0.57 1.10 $20.34 $42,310
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.24 0.46 $20.18 $41,980

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 1,050 4.96 9.56 $16.26 $33,810
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 630 1.62 3.11 $16.32 $33,950
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 600 2.57 4.95 $15.88 $33,030
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 510 2.01 3.86 $18.39 $38,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 510 3.19 6.14 $17.36 $36,120

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,050 4.96 9.56 $16.26 $33,810
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 510 3.19 6.14 $17.36 $36,120
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 190 2.81 5.41 $11.22 $23,330
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 450 2.76 5.32 $15.81 $32,880
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 170 2.69 5.19 $15.35 $31,920

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 Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 0.81 $21.38 $44,470
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 400 2.65 5.11 $19.61 $40,790
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 0.69 1.33 $18.92 $39,340
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.89 $39,300
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 120 1.97 3.81 $18.71 $38,920


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015