Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
74,600 2.0 % $17.08 $35,520 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.84 $12.94 $16.10 $20.25 $24.65
Annual Wage (2) $22,550 $26,920 $33,480 $42,130 $51,270


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) 9,800 2.11 $17.69 $36,800
Foundries 7,410 6.39 $16.89 $35,130
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,270 2.09 $16.87 $35,080
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,280 3.89 $16.08 $33,450
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,340 2.42 $17.86 $37,140

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 7,410 6.39 $16.89 $35,130
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,280 3.89 $16.08 $33,450
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,420 2.61 $17.60 $36,620
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,340 2.42 $17.86 $37,140
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 9,800 2.11 $17.69 $36,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 230 0.10 $22.77 $47,350
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.08 $21.09 $43,860
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 540 0.93 $20.71 $43,070
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,700 0.77 $20.68 $43,020
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,080 1.17 $20.02 $41,640


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 8,510 0.51 0.97 $16.27 $33,830
Ohio 6,870 1.28 2.44 $16.27 $33,850
Wisconsin 5,110 1.81 3.46 $17.24 $35,860
Indiana 5,070 1.68 3.21 $17.45 $36,290
Michigan 4,320 1.01 1.93 $16.76 $34,860




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 5,110 1.81 3.46 $17.24 $35,860
Indiana 5,070 1.68 3.21 $17.45 $36,290
Ohio 6,870 1.28 2.44 $16.27 $33,850
New Hampshire 680 1.04 1.99 $16.49 $34,290
Oregon 1,870 1.02 1.95 $22.01 $45,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,870 1.02 1.95 $22.01 $45,780
Wyoming 30 0.12 0.23 $20.80 $43,260
Louisiana 140 0.08 0.14 $20.23 $42,080
South Carolina 1,280 0.64 1.22 $19.69 $40,960
Connecticut 1,200 0.73 1.39 $19.60 $40,770



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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,590 0.58 1.12 $16.73 $34,800
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,960 2.33 4.45 $17.09 $35,540
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,630 1.58 3.02 $17.20 $35,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,610 1.39 2.65 $22.83 $47,490
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.97 1.86 $15.28 $31,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.42 0.81 $18.55 $38,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,430 1.05 2.01 $17.81 $37,040
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,410 0.73 1.40 $18.29 $38,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.08 2.07 $16.59 $34,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,270 0.89 1.69 $14.34 $29,820


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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)
Sheboygan, WI 530 9.20 17.57 $19.45 $40,450
Muskegon, MI 320 5.11 9.76 $17.13 $35,630
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 190 4.44 8.48 $16.65 $34,630
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 210 3.40 6.50 $18.93 $39,370
Albany, OR 140 3.17 6.05 $19.15 $39,830
Burlington, NC 180 3.02 5.77 (8) (8)
Morristown, TN 120 2.85 5.44 $9.68 $20,130
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,960 2.33 4.45 $17.09 $35,540
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 100 2.17 4.15 $19.66 $40,900
Prescott, AZ 120 2.00 3.83 $15.37 $31,970


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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)
Kokomo, IN 50 1.35 2.57 $29.17 $60,680
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,610 1.39 2.65 $22.83 $47,490
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 70 0.70 1.34 $22.38 $46,550
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 840 0.81 1.55 $21.92 $45,600
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.32 0.61 $21.18 $44,050
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 470 0.81 1.55 $20.89 $43,450
Springfield, MA-CT 250 0.76 1.46 $20.83 $43,330
Mobile, AL 110 0.63 1.20 $20.67 $43,000
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN (8) (8) (8) $20.60 $42,860
Richmond, VA 40 0.06 0.12 $20.50 $42,630

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,380 6.39 12.21 $16.26 $33,810
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,150 4.54 8.68 $15.68 $32,610
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 820 2.47 4.71 $15.96 $33,200
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 620 3.06 5.84 $17.70 $36,820
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 580 2.08 3.98 $13.30 $27,660

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 1,380 6.39 12.21 $16.26 $33,810
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 470 6.04 11.53 $20.77 $43,190
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 150 4.67 8.92 $17.37 $36,120
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,150 4.54 8.68 $15.68 $32,610
Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 3.79 7.24 (8) (8)

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 1.05 $22.07 $45,910
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 470 6.04 11.53 $20.77 $43,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.84 1.60 $20.72 $43,110
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 2.36 $19.41 $40,380
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.52 $19.31 $40,170


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018