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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

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


National estimates for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
Industry profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
Geographic profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

National estimates for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,080 12.1 % $ 21.00 $ 43,670 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.92 $ 16.07 $ 19.74 $ 25.26 $ 30.57
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,880 $ 33,430 $ 41,060 $ 52,530 $ 63,600


Industry profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,100 1.23 $ 21.74 $ 45,230
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 550 0.27 $ 19.14 $ 39,800
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 500 0.11 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 480 0.29 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 410 0.56 $ 17.31 $ 36,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,100 1.23 $ 21.74 $ 45,230
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 410 0.56 $ 17.31 $ 36,010
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 480 0.29 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 550 0.27 $ 19.14 $ 39,800
Foundries 200 0.18 $ 19.05 $ 39,620

Top paying industries for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 220 0.04 $ 34.93 $ 72,640
Building Material and Supplies Dealers (8) (8) $ 23.85 $ 49,600
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 480 0.29 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $ 23.50 $ 48,870
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 30 0.01 $ 23.24 $ 48,350


Geographic profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 610 0.04 0.85 $ 21.34 $ 44,390
Oregon 400 0.22 5.04 $ 23.62 $ 49,120
Michigan 370 0.09 2.15 $ 20.53 $ 42,710
Washington 310 0.10 2.19 $ 30.36 $ 63,160
Texas 310 0.03 0.58 $ 19.88 $ 41,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 70 0.25 5.63 $ 20.42 $ 42,470
Oregon 400 0.22 5.04 $ 23.62 $ 49,120
Arkansas 170 0.14 3.23 $ 19.80 $ 41,180
Washington 310 0.10 2.19 $ 30.36 $ 63,160
Michigan 370 0.09 2.15 $ 20.53 $ 42,710




Top paying states for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.83 $ 33.97 $ 70,660
Maryland 30 0.01 0.29 $ 32.79 $ 68,210
Washington 310 0.10 2.19 $ 30.36 $ 63,160
New Hampshire 60 0.09 2.04 $ 26.18 $ 54,450
Oregon 400 0.22 5.04 $ 23.62 $ 49,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.61 $ 20.11 $ 41,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 1.75 $ 36.32 $ 75,540
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 140 0.05 1.09 $ 19.80 $ 41,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.72 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 80 0.08 1.80 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60 0.02 0.51 $ 21.46 $ 44,630
Eugene, OR 60 0.40 9.23 $ 23.60 $ 49,100
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.51 $ 23.34 $ 48,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 0.29 $ 21.36 $ 44,420
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 1.21 $ 24.88 $ 51,760




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 50 1.41 32.30 $ 22.70 $ 47,220
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.43 9.85 $ 15.87 $ 33,020
Eugene, OR 60 0.40 9.23 $ 23.60 $ 49,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.72 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.09 1.98 $ 14.57 $ 30,300
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 80 0.08 1.80 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 1.75 $ 36.32 $ 75,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 1.61 $ 20.11 $ 41,840
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 1.21 $ 24.88 $ 51,760
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 140 0.05 1.09 $ 19.80 $ 41,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 1.75 $ 36.32 $ 75,540
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.02 0.55 $ 33.41 $ 69,500
Pittsburgh, PA 30 0.03 0.72 $ 25.40 $ 52,830
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 2.72 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $ 25.25 $ 52,530
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 50 0.05 1.21 $ 24.88 $ 51,760
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 80 0.08 1.80 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $ 23.66 $ 49,220
Eugene, OR 60 0.40 9.23 $ 23.60 $ 49,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.62 36.99 $ 16.73 $ 34,800
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.20 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 7.48 $ 18.18 $ 37,820
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 20.98 $ 21.63 $ 44,980
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 16.90 $ 20.95 $ 43,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.62 36.99 $ 16.73 $ 34,800
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.03 23.64 $ 22.79 $ 47,390
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 20.98 $ 21.63 $ 44,980
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.20 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 16.90 $ 20.95 $ 43,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 6.51 $ 29.89 $ 62,170
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.20 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.56 $ 49,010
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.03 23.64 $ 22.79 $ 47,390
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.64 $ 47,090


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021