Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
11,540 5.2 % $17.34 $36,060 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.29 $12.65 $16.50 $21.09 $26.03
Annual Wage (2) $21,410 $26,300 $34,310 $43,880 $54,140


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 1,940 1.09 $17.01 $35,390
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,210 1.42 $19.26 $40,070
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,210 0.62 $16.48 $34,270
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 850 0.23 $17.96 $37,360
Foundries 790 0.62 $13.79 $28,670

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 1,210 1.42 $19.26 $40,070
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,940 1.09 $17.01 $35,390
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 350 0.92 $15.35 $31,920
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,210 0.62 $16.48 $34,270
Foundries 790 0.62 $13.79 $28,670

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 270 0.05 $28.57 $59,420
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 310 0.06 $23.45 $48,780
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 240 0.24 $20.37 $42,380
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,210 1.42 $19.26 $40,070
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 110 0.17 $18.86 $39,230


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 960 0.07 0.75 $16.69 $34,700
Illinois 850 0.15 1.71 $17.82 $37,060
Michigan 790 0.20 2.26 $19.83 $41,250
Pennsylvania 680 0.12 1.40 $16.63 $34,590
Oregon 620 0.38 4.35 $21.57 $44,860




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)
Oregon 620 0.38 4.35 $21.57 $44,860
Idaho 180 0.29 3.33 $15.99 $33,250
Wisconsin 590 0.22 2.50 $17.48 $36,370
Kentucky 400 0.22 2.56 $12.02 $25,000
Michigan 790 0.20 2.26 $19.83 $41,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 420 0.15 1.69 $23.97 $49,850
Connecticut 150 0.09 1.02 $23.43 $48,740
Oregon 620 0.38 4.35 $21.57 $44,860
Massachusetts 280 0.09 0.99 $20.05 $41,710
Minnesota 150 0.05 0.62 $19.91 $41,410





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.14 1.62 $18.95 $39,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.25 2.90 $22.54 $46,890
Pittsburgh, PA 240 0.21 2.43 $17.69 $36,790
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 200 0.23 2.60 $13.67 $28,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 200 0.11 1.27 $17.84 $37,110
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 190 0.24 2.71 $16.47 $34,260
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 160 0.06 0.69 $12.76 $26,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 1.26 $29.71 $61,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 140 0.11 1.27 $18.89 $39,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.09 1.07 $14.34 $29,820




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)
Fond du Lac, WI 60 1.35 15.51 $18.60 $38,700
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.67 7.73 $18.73 $38,960
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.66 7.57 $21.62 $44,970
Rockford, IL 90 0.61 6.99 $15.19 $31,590
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 40 0.33 3.81 $14.67 $30,520
Salem, OR 40 0.28 3.23 $17.80 $37,020
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.26 2.98 $23.03 $47,890
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.25 2.90 $22.54 $46,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 190 0.24 2.71 $16.47 $34,260
Boise City-Nampa, ID 70 0.24 2.77 $13.62 $28,340




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 160 0.11 1.26 $29.71 $61,790
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 80 0.11 1.26 $23.18 $48,200
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.21 2.39 $23.09 $48,030
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.26 2.98 $23.03 $47,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.05 0.55 $22.73 $47,270
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 130 0.13 1.51 $22.60 $47,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.25 2.90 $22.54 $46,890
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.66 7.57 $21.62 $44,970
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 70 0.18 2.03 $21.50 $44,730
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.31 $44,320

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)
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 8.65 $12.81 $26,640
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 6.83 $17.78 $36,970
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 3.68 $19.08 $39,690
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 15.26 $20.21 $42,030
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 3.56 $19.49 $40,540

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)
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.36 15.63 $18.64 $38,760
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 15.26 $20.21 $42,030
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.75 8.65 $12.81 $26,640
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 7.19 $22.54 $46,890
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 6.83 $17.78 $36,970

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)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 7.19 $22.54 $46,890
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.60 $44,940
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 15.26 $20.21 $42,030
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 3.56 $19.49 $40,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 3.68 $19.08 $39,690


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014