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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
6,100 6.1 % $ 20.99 $ 43,660 1.7 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.95 $ 16.51 $ 18.48 $ 23.55 $ 29.19
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,010 $ 34,330 $ 38,430 $ 48,980 $ 60,710


Industry profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

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 1,080 1.23 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 770 0.37 $ 18.51 $ 38,500
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 470 0.30 $ 22.39 $ 46,560
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 430 0.10 $ 21.77 $ 45,280
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 400 0.52 $ 16.96 $ 35,270

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 1,080 1.23 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 400 0.52 $ 16.96 $ 35,270
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 770 0.37 $ 18.51 $ 38,500
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 470 0.30 $ 22.39 $ 46,560
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 70 0.14 $ 20.33 $ 42,280

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 340 0.07 $ 28.41 $ 59,100
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 30 0.06 $ 25.09 $ 52,190
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 330 0.06 $ 24.02 $ 49,970
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,080 1.23 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 200 0.08 $ 22.74 $ 47,290


Geographic profile for Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners:

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.



Map of employment of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by state, May 2021


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 820 0.05 1.15 $ 20.49 $ 42,620
Michigan 470 0.11 2.65 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Oregon 440 0.24 5.56 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Alabama 330 0.17 3.99 $ 18.98 $ 39,490
Washington 320 0.10 2.31 $ 29.25 $ 60,840


Map of location quotient of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by state, May 2021


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)
Oregon 440 0.24 5.56 $ 25.32 $ 52,670
Alabama 330 0.17 3.99 $ 18.98 $ 39,490
Arkansas 190 0.16 3.66 $ 19.16 $ 39,850
Michigan 470 0.11 2.65 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Mississippi 120 0.11 2.43 $ 16.99 $ 35,350


Map of annual mean wages of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by state, May 2021


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 100 0.06 1.42 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Washington 320 0.10 2.31 $ 29.25 $ 60,840
Arizona 60 0.02 0.47 $ 26.71 $ 55,550
Kansas 120 0.09 2.12 $ 26.11 $ 54,300
Oregon 440 0.24 5.56 $ 25.32 $ 52,670



Map of employment of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 310 0.05 1.24 $ 19.87 $ 41,320
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 180 0.10 2.31 $ 19.94 $ 41,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 160 0.14 3.19 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 150 0.06 1.37 $ 22.75 $ 47,310
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 110 0.06 1.38 $ 37.05 $ 77,060
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 110 0.01 0.28 $ 20.44 $ 42,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.05 1.11 $ 20.58 $ 42,810
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 1.73 $ 21.61 $ 44,960
Longview, WA 70 1.81 41.84 $ 23.50 $ 48,880
Eugene, OR 70 0.44 10.27 $ 26.65 $ 55,430


Map of location quotient of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by area, May 2021


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 70 1.81 41.84 $ 23.50 $ 48,880
Albany, OR 30 0.76 17.64 $ 22.91 $ 47,650
Eugene, OR 70 0.44 10.27 $ 26.65 $ 55,430
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.44 10.09 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.20 4.66 $ 28.11 $ 58,460
Wichita, KS 40 0.15 3.51 $ 26.33 $ 54,770
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.15 3.51 $ 26.05 $ 54,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 160 0.14 3.19 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Tulsa, OK 60 0.13 3.07 $ 20.00 $ 41,600
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 180 0.10 2.31 $ 19.94 $ 41,470


Map of annual mean wages of tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners by area, May 2021


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 110 0.06 1.38 $ 37.05 $ 77,060
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.20 4.66 $ 28.11 $ 58,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.52 $ 27.53 $ 57,260
Eugene, OR 70 0.44 10.27 $ 26.65 $ 55,430
Wichita, KS 40 0.15 3.51 $ 26.33 $ 54,770
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 40 0.04 0.93 $ 26.09 $ 54,270
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 160 0.14 3.19 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.15 3.51 $ 26.05 $ 54,180
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.09 2.05 $ 24.94 $ 51,860
Longview, WA 70 1.81 41.84 $ 23.50 $ 48,880

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.28 $ 26.78 $ 55,710
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 14.01 $ 17.87 $ 37,160
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.70 16.21 $ 20.42 $ 42,470
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 5.56 $ 17.27 $ 35,910
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 10.82 $ 28.55 $ 59,390

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.28 $ 26.78 $ 55,710
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 16.71 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.70 16.21 $ 20.42 $ 42,470
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 15.64 $ 18.80 $ 39,100
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 15.38 $ 22.89 $ 47,610

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 60 0.47 10.82 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.84 19.28 $ 26.78 $ 55,710
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 10.90 $ 24.66 $ 51,300
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.72 16.71 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 15.38 $ 22.89 $ 47,610


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022