Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
30,280 3.5 % $15.34 $31,900 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.34 $11.75 $14.21 $17.87 $22.58
Annual Wage (2) $21,500 $24,450 $29,550 $37,170 $46,980


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 2,020 0.49 $16.47 $34,250
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,840 1.32 $15.95 $33,170
Foundries 1,730 1.47 $15.25 $31,710
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,430 0.24 $14.70 $30,570
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,100 0.31 $14.52 $30,200

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 1,730 1.47 $15.25 $31,710
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,840 1.32 $15.95 $33,170
Ship and Boat Building 960 0.71 $16.16 $33,610
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 390 0.50 $18.63 $38,760
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 2,020 0.49 $16.47 $34,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 520 0.06 $20.59 $42,820
Building Material and Supplies Dealers (8) (8) $20.27 $42,160
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $19.79 $41,170
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $19.62 $40,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 330 0.02 $18.91 $39,340


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 3,800 0.22 1.07 $15.99 $33,260
Wisconsin 2,930 1.03 4.92 $14.16 $29,450
Michigan 2,100 0.49 2.33 $14.45 $30,050
New York 1,760 0.19 0.90 $17.53 $36,460
Ohio 1,740 0.32 1.53 $14.13 $29,390




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 2,930 1.03 4.92 $14.16 $29,450
Missouri 1,460 0.52 2.49 $14.42 $29,990
Michigan 2,100 0.49 2.33 $14.45 $30,050
Alabama 960 0.49 2.35 $14.87 $30,920
Arkansas 580 0.48 2.27 $13.46 $27,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 470 0.13 0.63 $20.46 $42,560
Maine 120 0.19 0.91 $19.84 $41,260
New Jersey 500 0.12 0.60 $18.79 $39,090
Rhode Island 200 0.42 2.00 $17.77 $36,950
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $17.63 $36,680





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 1,850 0.30 1.44 $15.48 $32,190
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,300 0.14 0.65 $20.79 $43,240
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 790 0.94 4.47 $13.12 $27,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 690 0.50 2.41 $15.38 $31,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 590 0.13 0.60 $16.13 $33,550
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 490 0.17 0.81 $18.64 $38,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 460 0.19 0.91 $19.94 $41,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.16 0.78 $13.68 $28,460
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 400 0.11 0.54 $17.00 $35,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 360 0.24 1.16 $15.31 $31,840




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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 150 1.00 4.80 $13.89 $28,880
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 60 0.99 4.73 $19.47 $40,500
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 790 0.94 4.47 $13.12 $27,300
Modesto, CA 160 0.88 4.20 $13.83 $28,770
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 0.87 4.17 $10.27 $21,370
Jackson, MI 50 0.87 4.17 $14.28 $29,700
Valdosta, GA 40 0.83 3.95 $16.59 $34,510
Brunswick, GA 30 0.82 3.92 $11.40 $23,700
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 100 0.73 3.50 $16.53 $34,390
Montgomery, AL 120 0.72 3.43 $12.42 $25,830




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 230 0.08 0.41 $21.95 $45,660
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.18 0.86 $21.01 $43,700
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $20.88 $43,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,300 0.14 0.65 $20.79 $43,240
Huntsville, AL 130 0.58 2.79 $20.57 $42,790
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.36 $42,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 460 0.19 0.91 $19.94 $41,480
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 60 0.99 4.73 $19.47 $40,500
Lexington-Fayette, KY (8) (8) (8) $19.44 $40,440
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.13 0.63 $19.32 $40,180

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 360 1.34 6.38 $13.23 $27,520
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 310 1.44 6.86 $15.32 $31,860
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 180 0.55 2.61 $15.68 $32,620
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 4.22 $14.06 $29,230
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 150 0.82 3.91 $12.33 $25,650

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 310 1.44 6.86 $15.32 $31,860
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 360 1.34 6.38 $13.23 $27,520
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 4.27 $13.85 $28,800
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 4.22 $14.06 $29,230
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 150 0.82 3.91 $12.33 $25,650

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 40 0.56 2.67 $20.51 $42,660
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 1.73 $19.74 $41,050
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.26 $37,970
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 1.69 $17.84 $37,100
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.72 3.45 $16.50 $34,310


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019