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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.


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)
29,170 3.7 % $15.90 $33,060 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.77 $12.33 $14.71 $18.32 $23.22
Annual Wage (2) $22,400 $25,660 $30,600 $38,110 $48,290


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)
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,780 0.42 $16.54 $34,410
Foundries 1,690 1.41 $15.66 $32,570
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,490 1.06 $16.79 $34,930
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,270 0.21 $15.66 $32,570
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,210 0.41 $18.09 $37,630

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 1,690 1.41 $15.66 $32,570
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,490 1.06 $16.79 $34,930
Ship and Boat Building 960 0.68 $17.37 $36,120
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,780 0.42 $16.54 $34,410
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,210 0.41 $18.09 $37,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $23.48 $48,840
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.07 $20.81 $43,290
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $20.24 $42,090
Building Finishing Contractors 390 0.05 $19.66 $40,900
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 530 0.04 $19.54 $40,640


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 3,770 0.22 1.09 $16.77 $34,870
Wisconsin 2,950 1.03 5.17 $14.22 $29,580
Texas 2,440 0.20 0.99 $15.04 $31,290
Ohio 1,840 0.34 1.70 $15.38 $32,000
New York 1,680 0.18 0.89 $18.17 $37,800




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)
Wisconsin 2,950 1.03 5.17 $14.22 $29,580
Arkansas 820 0.67 3.38 $15.56 $32,370
Rhode Island 300 0.62 3.15 $17.91 $37,260
Alabama 770 0.39 1.97 $14.60 $30,360
Kentucky 710 0.38 1.90 $15.77 $32,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $21.15 $44,000
Massachusetts 320 0.09 0.45 $21.08 $43,850
Maine 80 0.13 0.67 $20.59 $42,830
Minnesota 260 0.09 0.45 $18.59 $38,660
New York 1,680 0.18 0.89 $18.17 $37,800





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 1,890 0.30 1.52 $16.16 $33,600
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,290 0.13 0.67 $20.88 $43,430
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 740 0.87 4.37 $13.28 $27,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 550 0.12 0.59 $17.12 $35,600
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 410 0.39 1.95 $16.77 $34,870
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 390 0.16 0.80 $21.58 $44,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.14 0.68 $18.99 $39,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 350 0.13 0.65 $14.73 $30,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 350 0.11 0.58 $18.53 $38,540
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 340 0.59 2.96 $18.17 $37,800




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)
Wausau, WI 140 1.94 9.76 (8) (8)
Grand Forks, ND-MN 70 1.47 7.39 $14.38 $29,910
Sherman-Denison, TX 60 1.32 6.67 $11.88 $24,710
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 180 1.17 5.88 $14.60 $30,360
Modesto, CA 190 1.02 5.15 $14.06 $29,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 740 0.87 4.37 $13.28 $27,620
Jackson, MI 40 0.72 3.60 $14.51 $30,170
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 140 0.66 3.32 $12.18 $25,340
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.66 3.33 $17.65 $36,720
Lexington-Fayette, KY 170 0.61 3.06 $20.06 $41,720




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)
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.26 1.33 $25.90 $53,870
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 50 0.13 0.66 $22.47 $46,730
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $21.81 $45,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 390 0.16 0.80 $21.58 $44,890
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,290 0.13 0.67 $20.88 $43,430
Fort Wayne, IN 50 0.21 1.05 $20.77 $43,210
Gainesville, GA (8) (8) (8) $20.28 $42,180
Lexington-Fayette, KY 170 0.61 3.06 $20.06 $41,720
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 60 0.06 0.29 $19.66 $40,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 160 0.06 0.29 $19.43 $40,410

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 300 1.10 5.55 $14.63 $30,430
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 280 1.37 6.91 $13.05 $27,150
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.23 6.20 $15.63 $32,500
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 5.72 $15.59 $32,440
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 230 0.69 3.50 $16.92 $35,180

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 280 1.37 6.91 $13.05 $27,150
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 1.25 6.30 $11.29 $23,480
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.23 6.20 $15.63 $32,500
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 5.72 $15.59 $32,440
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 300 1.10 5.55 $14.63 $30,430

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)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 3.26 $21.23 $44,150
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 2.88 $18.13 $37,710
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.83 4.17 $17.39 $36,180
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.16 $35,690
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 230 0.69 3.50 $16.92 $35,180


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: March 31, 2020