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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
76,810 2.0 % $18.20 $37,860 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.11 $14.12 $17.36 $21.54 $25.80
Annual Wage (2) $25,180 $29,360 $36,100 $44,810 $53,660


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)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 11,080 2.29 $18.41 $38,280
Foundries 8,740 7.28 $17.66 $36,720
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 8,430 2.30 $18.10 $37,660
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 5,680 3.16 $18.22 $37,900
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,000 3.55 $17.71 $36,840

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 8,740 7.28 $17.66 $36,720
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,000 3.55 $17.71 $36,840
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 5,680 3.16 $18.22 $37,900
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 8,430 2.30 $18.10 $37,660
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 11,080 2.29 $18.41 $38,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $22.47 $46,740
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 250 0.11 $22.21 $46,200
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 220 0.10 $21.65 $45,040
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,140 1.16 $21.63 $44,990
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,950 0.76 $21.15 $44,000


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 8,180 0.47 0.90 $18.15 $37,750
Ohio 6,480 1.19 2.27 $17.86 $37,160
Michigan 6,160 1.42 2.71 $18.74 $38,990
Indiana 5,290 1.72 3.29 $18.24 $37,940
Wisconsin 4,360 1.52 2.91 $18.56 $38,600




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 5,290 1.72 3.29 $18.24 $37,940
Wisconsin 4,360 1.52 2.91 $18.56 $38,600
Michigan 6,160 1.42 2.71 $18.74 $38,990
Ohio 6,480 1.19 2.27 $17.86 $37,160
New Hampshire 790 1.19 2.28 $17.56 $36,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,200 0.72 1.38 $23.23 $48,320
Louisiana 200 0.11 0.20 $22.48 $46,750
Wyoming 40 0.15 0.29 $22.27 $46,330
Oregon 1,740 0.91 1.74 $21.42 $44,560
Mississippi 700 0.62 1.18 $21.23 $44,170





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 3,920 0.63 1.20 $18.27 $38,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,760 0.59 1.13 $19.12 $39,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,210 1.12 2.14 $18.87 $39,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,810 0.19 0.36 $17.98 $37,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,800 0.59 1.13 $15.94 $33,150
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,680 1.60 3.06 $18.87 $39,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,500 1.75 3.34 $17.35 $36,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,300 1.08 2.06 $21.83 $45,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,230 0.44 0.84 $18.49 $38,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,180 1.04 1.98 $18.55 $38,580




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, MI 740 11.88 22.71 $19.91 $41,400
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 700 5.15 9.85 $17.10 $35,570
Albany, OR 180 3.88 7.43 $21.53 $44,780
Rockford, IL 520 3.48 6.66 $16.36 $34,030
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 170 3.21 6.14 $17.06 $35,480
Wausau, WI 220 3.10 5.93 $18.05 $37,540
Erie, PA 370 3.02 5.78 $16.26 $33,820
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 140 2.88 5.51 $17.42 $36,240
Carson City, NV 80 2.81 5.37 $15.21 $31,630
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 120 2.73 5.22 $17.31 $36,010