Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
30,320 3.3 % $14.83 $30,840 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.04 $11.42 $13.86 $17.35 $21.52
Annual Wage (2) $20,870 $23,750 $28,830 $36,090 $44,750


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 2,210 0.54 $15.83 $32,930
Foundries 2,130 1.84 $15.28 $31,790
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,590 0.45 $13.84 $28,780
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,550 1.14 $16.23 $33,750
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,540 0.34 $15.97 $33,210

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 2,130 1.84 $15.28 $31,790
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,550 1.14 $16.23 $33,750
Ship and Boat Building 1,090 0.81 $15.77 $32,790
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 2,210 0.54 $15.83 $32,930
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 1,590 0.45 $13.84 $28,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 430 0.05 $20.69 $43,030
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 180 0.02 $18.74 $38,980
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 120 0.36 $17.85 $37,120
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 70 0.10 $17.84 $37,110
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 360 0.20 $17.50 $36,400


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 4,000 0.24 1.13 $15.26 $31,740
Indiana 1,700 0.56 2.65 $14.36 $29,870
Texas 1,670 0.14 0.66 $14.61 $30,380
Ohio 1,470 0.27 1.28 $14.76 $30,710
New York 1,440 0.16 0.73 $16.08 $33,450




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 1,700 0.56 2.65 $14.36 $29,870
Alabama 1,010 0.53 2.48 $13.12 $27,300
Missouri 1,220 0.44 2.05 $14.73 $30,640
Arkansas 530 0.44 2.09 $13.17 $27,380
Rhode Island 190 0.41 1.92 $17.06 $35,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 660 0.19 0.87 $18.73 $38,950
Maine 100 0.16 0.75 $17.70 $36,810
Virginia 360 0.09 0.45 $17.64 $36,690
New Jersey 710 0.18 0.83 $17.63 $36,680
Vermont 120 0.38 1.78 $17.45 $36,300



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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 1,880 0.42 2.00 $15.11 $31,420
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.11 0.50 $21.03 $43,750
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.31 1.46 $14.35 $29,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.19 0.91 $17.43 $36,240
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 460 0.90 4.24 $13.06 $27,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 430 0.16 0.77 $12.94 $26,910
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 370 0.26 1.21 $14.84 $30,880
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 360 0.35 1.63 $13.31 $27,680
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 320 0.58 2.71 $14.43 $30,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.39 $15.56 $32,360


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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)
Wausau, WI 160 2.31 10.86 (8) (8)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 210 1.69 7.93 $14.98 $31,150
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 190 1.20 5.66 $12.31 $25,600
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 60 1.02 4.80 $17.18 $35,720
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 460 0.90 4.24 $13.06 $27,160
Jackson, TN 50 0.82 3.87 $11.20 $23,290
St. Cloud, MN 70 0.71 3.32 $17.55 $36,500
Sheboygan, WI 40 0.67 3.15 $15.05 $31,310
Mobile, AL 110 0.64 3.03 $15.49 $32,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 0.61 2.87 $13.08 $27,210


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.33 $22.13 $46,020
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.18 0.85 $21.15 $44,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.11 0.50 $21.03 $43,750
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 260 0.14 0.67 $20.24 $42,100
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.18 0.84 $20.11 $41,830
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.07 0.31 $19.77 $41,120
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $19.15 $39,840
Huntsville, AL 50 0.22 1.05 $18.54 $38,560
Springfield, MO (8) (8) (8) $18.22 $37,890

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 330 1.18 5.55 $13.45 $27,970
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.41 6.63 $14.91 $31,010
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.63 2.95 $15.27 $31,770
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.77 3.60 $13.99 $29,100
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.88 4.14 (8) (8)

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 300 1.41 6.63 $14.91 $31,010
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 330 1.18 5.55 $13.45 $27,970
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.88 4.14 (8) (8)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.87 4.09 $10.86 $22,580
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.78 3.68 $12.78 $26,580

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 2.61 $23.71 $49,320
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.40 $18.69 $38,870
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 1.62 $16.40 $34,100
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 2.13 $16.25 $33,800
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.09 $33,470


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