Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
99,580 2.1 % $13.49 $28,070 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.11 $9.92 $12.56 $16.12 $20.55
Annual Wage (2) $16,860 $20,620 $26,120 $33,530 $42,740

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Foundries 11,750 $12.35 $25,690 1 42
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 9,240 $16.87 $35,090 2 2
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 8,640 $13.74 $28,570 3 17
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 7,090 $13.40 $27,870 4 23
Coating, engraving, and heat treating metals 6,500 $11.60 $24,130 5 53

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Printing and related support activities 60 $17.61 $36,630 54 1
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 9,240 $16.87 $35,090 2 2
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 6,410 $16.76 $34,860 6 3
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 720 $15.81 $32,880 29 4
Sawmills and wood preservation 80 $15.45 $32,130 52 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 9,990 $17.93 $37,300 0.229% 311
Wisconsin 5,100 $13.48 $28,040 0.189% 457
Indiana 5,020 $14.67 $30,500 0.176% 387
Rhode Island 750 $11.89 $24,730 0.159% 396
South Carolina 2,370 $13.97 $29,070 0.135% 347

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware 60 $19.89 $41,370 0.015% 184
Michigan 9,990 $17.93 $37,300 0.229% 311
Indiana 5,020 $14.67 $30,500 0.176% 387
Oregon 890 $14.64 $30,450 0.057% 387
Connecticut 2,170 $14.51 $30,180 0.132% 421

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rockford, IL MSA 640 $15.46 $32,160 0.379%
Lima, OH MSA 280 $14.43 $30,020 0.374%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 240 $14.14 $29,410 0.369%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 420 $13.38 $27,840 0.366%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 230 $12.01 $24,980 0.359%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA (6) $24.29 $50,520 (6)
Detroit, MI PMSA 5,040 $20.70 $43,060 0.250%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 240 $20.02 $41,640 0.150%
Gary, IN PMSA 230 $19.51 $40,590 0.093%
Hagerstown, MD PMSA 60 $19.34 $40,240 0.093%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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