Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
71,870 1.9 % $17.64 $36,690 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.52 $13.59 $16.76 $20.89 $25.08
Annual Wage (2) $23,960 $28,260 $34,850 $43,440 $52,170


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) 10,140 2.14 $17.88 $37,200
Foundries 7,860 6.68 $17.11 $35,580
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,840 2.19 $17.43 $36,260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,660 2.58 $17.95 $37,330
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 4,420 3.18 $16.70 $34,740

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 7,860 6.68 $17.11 $35,580
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 4,420 3.18 $16.70 $34,740
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,660 2.58 $17.95 $37,330
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,840 2.19 $17.43 $36,260
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 10,140 2.14 $17.88 $37,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 260 0.11 $22.56 $46,920
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 740 1.23 $21.58 $44,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $21.41 $44,540
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,020 1.08 $20.87 $43,410
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,520 0.72 $20.33 $42,290


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 8,270 0.49 0.98 $16.62 $34,580
Ohio 6,660 1.23 2.48 $16.82 $34,980
Indiana 5,680 1.86 3.76 $17.92 $37,270
Wisconsin 4,550 1.60 3.21 $17.69 $36,800
Michigan 4,020 0.93 1.88 $17.82 $37,070




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 5,680 1.86 3.76 $17.92 $37,270
Wisconsin 4,550 1.60 3.21 $17.69 $36,800
Ohio 6,660 1.23 2.48 $16.82 $34,980
New Hampshire 760 1.16 2.34 $16.80 $34,950
Michigan 4,020 0.93 1.88 $17.82 $37,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,240 0.75 1.50 $20.84 $43,350
Maryland 250 0.09 0.19 $20.77 $43,200
Oregon 1,700 0.90 1.82 $20.67 $42,990
Maine 200 0.33 0.66 $20.65 $42,950
Wyoming 40 0.16 0.33 $20.47 $42,570





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 3,960 0.65 1.30 $16.39 $34,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,790 0.60 1.21 $17.91 $37,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,900 2.24 4.51 $17.37 $36,120
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,790 1.73 3.49 $17.50 $36,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,780 0.91 1.83 $18.53 $38,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,540 0.16 0.33 $18.38 $38,240
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,300 1.09 2.20 $21.12 $43,920
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,250 0.63 1.28 $18.93 $39,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,220 1.09 2.19 $18.84 $39,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,190 0.40 0.80 $15.79 $32,840




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 300 4.66 9.38 $18.79 $39,080
Sheboygan, WI 250 4.11 8.27 $22.62 $47,040
Albany, OR 160 3.48 7.01 $20.57 $42,780
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 150 3.42 6.89 $16.69 $34,720
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 150 3.21 6.46 $16.90 $35,160
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 650 3.02 6.09 $17.45 $36,300
Rockford, IL 390 2.65 5.33 $18.20 $37,860
Wausau, WI 180 2.48 4.98 $17.24 $35,870
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 140 2.28 4.58 $18.01 $37,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,900 2.24 4.51 $17.37 $36,120