Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
26,670 3.2 % $14.84 $30,860 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.97 $11.22 $13.81 $17.51 $21.85
Annual Wage (2) $20,730 $23,340 $28,720 $36,430 $45,440


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 2,770 2.29 $14.64 $30,450
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,720 1.25 $15.22 $31,660
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,630 0.44 $15.67 $32,590
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,600 0.28 $13.41 $27,890
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,580 2.05 $15.59 $32,430

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 2,770 2.29 $14.64 $30,450
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,580 2.05 $15.59 $32,430
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,720 1.25 $15.22 $31,660
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 310 0.79 $14.17 $29,480
Ship and Boat Building 1,010 0.74 $16.56 $34,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 380 0.05 $20.27 $42,160
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 100 0.17 $20.25 $42,120
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $18.14 $37,720
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 100 0.05 $18.06 $37,570
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 170 0.02 $18.06 $37,570


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 4,750 0.30 1.57 $14.61 $30,400
Michigan 1,690 0.40 2.12 $14.05 $29,220
Texas 1,610 0.14 0.72 $15.48 $32,190
New York 1,400 0.15 0.81 $16.33 $33,960
Indiana 1,190 0.40 2.10 $14.10 $29,320




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)
Alabama 1,020 0.53 2.80 $12.40 $25,780
Vermont 130 0.43 2.25 $19.32 $40,180
Michigan 1,690 0.40 2.12 $14.05 $29,220
Indiana 1,190 0.40 2.10 $14.10 $29,320
New Hampshire 210 0.32 1.71 $14.73 $30,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 130 0.43 2.25 $19.32 $40,180
Massachusetts 600 0.17 0.91 $18.52 $38,520
Maine 80 0.13 0.71 $17.35 $36,090
Maryland 120 0.05 0.24 $17.05 $35,470
New Jersey 750 0.19 1.00 $16.82 $34,990





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 2,020 0.48 2.52 $14.26 $29,660
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.16 0.87 $17.25 $35,890
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.45 2.36 $13.93 $28,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 490 0.20 1.07 $16.80 $34,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 450 0.33 1.75 $13.72 $28,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 340 0.30 1.60 $13.84 $28,780
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 320 0.27 1.44 $14.07 $29,260
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 310 0.57 3.00 $14.39 $29,920
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.28 1.48 $16.01 $33,310
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 300 0.10 0.54 $14.55 $30,250




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)
Battle Creek, MI 160 2.91 15.30 $11.33 $23,560
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 250 1.93 10.19 $14.79 $30,770
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 230 1.52 8.02 $12.16 $25,280
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 110 1.19 6.29 $16.75 $34,840
St. Cloud, MN 110 1.06 5.58 $16.50 $34,330
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 0.90 4.73 $15.89 $33,060
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 50 0.83 4.38 $15.68 $32,620
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 110 0.75 3.94 $17.62 $36,640
Sheboygan, WI 40 0.71 3.73 $16.90 $35,150
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 140 0.66 3.46 $14.23 $29,600




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 120 0.12 0.61 $22.08 $45,920
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.13 0.70 $19.95 $41,490
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA (8) (8) (8) $19.93 $41,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 30 0.01 0.07 $19.31 $40,170
Springfield, MO (8) (8) (8) $19.31 $40,170
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.04 0.23 $18.95 $39,420
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $18.64 $38,770
Huntsville, AL 50 0.22 1.18 $18.56 $38,600
Jacksonville, FL 50 0.08 0.44 $18.20 $37,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 0.72 $18.12 $37,700

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 410 1.48 7.80 $13.54 $28,170
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.25 6.60 $14.41 $29,970
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 6.59 $11.41 $23,720
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.79 4.17 $13.83 $28,770
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 1.57 8.25 $9.80 $20,390

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 1.57 8.25 $9.80 $20,390
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 410 1.48 7.80 $13.54 $28,170
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.25 6.60 $14.41 $29,970
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 6.59 $11.41 $23,720
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.99 5.23 $10.52 $21,880

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 60 0.88 4.62 $23.40 $48,670
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.29 $18.56 $38,610
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.94 $17.80 $37,020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.03 $17.72 $36,850
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 3.05 $17.05 $35,460


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017