Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 1.9 % $16.79 $34,920 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.56 $12.62 $15.81 $19.89 $24.35
Annual Wage (2) $21,960 $26,240 $32,890 $41,360 $50,640


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)
Foundries 7,130 5.89 $16.35 $34,010
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 6,610 1.86 $16.41 $34,130
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,020 4.36 $15.68 $32,610
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 5,160 1.91 $18.40 $38,270
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,540 2.50 $17.94 $37,310

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 7,130 5.89 $16.35 $34,010
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,080 5.64 $16.99 $35,340
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,020 4.36 $15.68 $32,610
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,540 2.50 $17.94 $37,310
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 1,250 2.22 $17.26 $35,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 230 0.11 $22.68 $47,180
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 880 1.46 $20.46 $42,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $20.45 $42,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,050 0.82 $20.45 $42,530
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 910 1.08 $19.50 $40,560


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 8,500 0.53 1.00 $15.49 $32,230
Ohio 6,880 1.29 2.43 $15.86 $32,980
Wisconsin 4,810 1.71 3.22 $17.02 $35,400
Michigan 4,680 1.11 2.09 $16.40 $34,120
Indiana 4,280 1.43 2.69 $17.98 $37,410




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 4,810 1.71 3.22 $17.02 $35,400
Indiana 4,280 1.43 2.69 $17.98 $37,410
Ohio 6,880 1.29 2.43 $15.86 $32,980
New Hampshire 730 1.13 2.12 $17.14 $35,650
Michigan 4,680 1.11 2.09 $16.40 $34,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,670 0.93 1.76 $23.11 $48,060
South Carolina 1,490 0.75 1.42 $20.02 $41,640
Maryland 240 0.09 0.17 $19.49 $40,550
Connecticut 1,340 0.80 1.51 $19.05 $39,630
Massachusetts 1,450 0.42 0.79 $18.80 $39,100





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 2,800 0.66 1.25 $15.17 $31,550
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.39 2.61 $16.72 $34,770
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,650 1.96 3.69 $17.20 $35,770
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,640 1.60 3.01 $17.02 $35,400
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,570 1.01 1.89 $14.99 $31,170
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 0.80 $18.05 $37,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,380 1.21 2.29 $24.41 $50,760
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,370 1.18 2.23 $19.00 $39,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,330 0.70 1.31 $18.23 $37,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,290 0.95 1.78 $14.30 $29,740




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)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 260 4.17 7.85 $17.99 $37,410
Muskegon, MI 220 3.58 6.73 $18.08 $37,600
Albany, OR 140 3.31 6.22 $19.33 $40,210
Rockford, IL 410 2.78 5.23 $16.28 $33,860
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 110 2.70 5.09 (8) (8)
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 100 2.35 4.42 $13.89 $28,890
Morristown, TN 90 2.18 4.10 $9.59 $19,950
Elmira, NY 80 2.14 4.03 $17.40 $36,190
Akron, OH 690 2.11 3.98 $15.59 $32,420
Eau Claire, WI 160 1.99 3.74 $16.04 $33,370