Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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. Include chippers, buffers, and finishers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
32,350 2.4 % $13.40 $27,870 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.92 $10.51 $12.78 $15.59 $18.93
Annual Wage (2) $18,550 $21,850 $26,580 $32,420 $39,380


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Foundries 4,310 $13.53 $28,140
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,640 $11.99 $24,950
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,560 $14.99 $31,180
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,450 $11.86 $24,660
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 2,000 $13.39 $27,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 $25.33 $52,680
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing 120 $20.66 $42,980
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 100 $18.39 $38,260
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing (8) $16.98 $35,310
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 160 $16.94 $35,240


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 290 $11.10 $23,080 0.735
Indiana 1,660 $13.34 $27,750 0.594
Alabama 850 $11.20 $23,290 0.454
Oklahoma 640 $12.76 $26,550 0.423
Ohio 2,100 $13.91 $28,940 0.412

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington 1,050 $16.96 $35,290 0.376
Connecticut 470 $16.35 $34,000 0.286
Massachusetts 540 $15.92 $33,120 0.169
Minnesota 670 $15.88 $33,020 0.256
Missouri 450 $15.48 $32,200 0.169


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 280 $17.54 $36,480 4.650
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 210 $14.77 $30,720 2.125
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 170 $12.86 $26,740 1.928
Anniston-Oxford, AL 60 $13.01 $27,050 1.385
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 60 $13.03 $27,100 1.280

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Worcester, MA-CT 100 $22.46 $46,710 0.417
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 $21.10 $43,890 0.352
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 30 $19.20 $39,930 0.543
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 $18.62 $38,730 0.104
Springfield, MO 60 $18.47 $38,430 0.336


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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) 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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