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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
6,440 5.2 % $20.18 $41,970 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.02 $15.10 $18.91 $24.58 $29.75
Annual Wage (2) $25,000 $31,400 $39,330 $51,130 $61,870


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)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,070 1.17 $20.73 $43,130
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 820 0.45 $22.40 $46,590
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 560 0.12 $19.09 $39,700
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 550 0.26 $17.98 $37,390
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 380 0.47 $15.03 $31,260

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 1,070 1.17 $20.73 $43,130
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 380 0.47 $15.03 $31,260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 820 0.45 $22.40 $46,590
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 550 0.26 $17.98 $37,390
Foundries 210 0.17 $19.23 $40,000

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 160 0.03 $36.95 $76,850
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 270 0.05 $25.32 $52,660
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 60 0.06 $23.51 $48,900
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 80 0.14 $23.09 $48,040
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 820 0.45 $22.40 $46,590


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 680 0.04 0.89 $20.83 $43,320
Oregon 400 0.21 4.76 $22.30 $46,380
Ohio 370 0.07 1.54 $19.73 $41,030
Texas 350 0.03 0.65 $19.40 $40,350
Michigan 320 0.07 1.68 $21.46 $44,630




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 400 0.21 4.76 $22.30 $46,380
Vermont 60 0.20 4.67 $19.81 $41,210
Arkansas 170 0.14 3.11 $19.76 $41,090
Alabama 270 0.13 3.07 $15.68 $32,600
Oklahoma 200 0.12 2.82 $18.86 $39,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 200 0.06 1.36 $31.70 $65,940
Maryland 60 0.02 0.47 $27.35 $56,890
New Hampshire 40 0.07 1.54 $22.72 $47,260
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $22.65 $47,110
Massachusetts 120 0.03 0.76 $22.32 $46,420





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-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.86 $20.13 $41,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.48 $20.19 $41,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.69 $24.07 $50,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 140 0.05 1.06 $19.13 $39,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.05 1.23 $37.84 $78,710
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 90 0.09 1.97 $21.20 $44,090
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 0.64 $24.43 $50,820
Eugene, OR 70 0.45 10.25 $20.98 $43,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60 0.02 0.49 $20.72 $43,090
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 50 0.02 0.54 $28.94 $60,200




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)
Eugene, OR 70 0.45 10.25 $20.98 $43,640
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.42 9.62 $15.69 $32,640
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.69 $24.07 $50,070
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 90 0.09 1.97 $21.20 $44,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.48 $20.19 $41,990
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.07 1.55 $21.00 $43,680
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 30 0.06 1.44 $18.41 $38,290
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.05 1.23 $37.84 $78,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 140 0.05 1.06 $19.13 $39,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.86 $20.13 $41,860




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-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.05 1.23 $37.84 $78,710
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 0.58 $32.50 $67,600
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 50 0.02 0.54 $28.94 $60,200
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.04 0.87 $25.89 $53,850
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 80 0.03 0.64 $24.43 $50,820
Lansing-East Lansing, MI (8) (8) (8) $24.16 $50,240
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.69 $24.07 $50,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $24.06 $50,050
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $22.92 $47,680
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $22.46 $46,710

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.85 19.31 $23.29 $48,440
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.91 20.75 $20.15 $41,920
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 13.34 $20.19 $41,990
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 5.40 $18.41 $38,300
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 7.61 $19.99 $41,590

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)
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.91 20.75 $20.15 $41,920
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.85 19.37 $22.38 $46,560
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.85 19.31 $23.29 $48,440
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.80 18.32 $14.50 $30,160
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 13.34 $20.19 $41,990

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)
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.05 $50,020
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.85 19.31 $23.29 $48,440
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.84 $47,500
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.85 19.37 $22.38 $46,560
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 11.96 $22.32 $46,420


About May 2019 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 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020