Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
27,420 2.6 % $13.80 $28,710 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.08 $10.70 $13.16 $16.33 $19.62
Annual Wage (2) $18,880 $22,270 $27,370 $33,970 $40,810


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 3,910 3.58 $13.96 $29,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,330 0.48 $15.18 $31,570
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,240 0.98 $12.23 $25,440
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,960 0.39 $12.40 $25,780
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,680 0.55 $14.15 $29,430

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 3,910 3.58 $13.96 $29,040
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,360 2.05 $14.37 $29,890
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,630 1.37 $13.56 $28,200
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,240 0.98 $12.23 $25,440
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 380 0.94 $13.81 $28,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $25.94 $53,950
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 30 0.02 $21.13 $43,960
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $19.93 $41,460
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $17.36 $36,110
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.30 $35,970


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 4,120 0.29 1.36 $13.29 $27,640
Texas 2,050 0.20 0.94 $12.64 $26,290
Ohio 1,660 0.34 1.56 $13.93 $28,980
Wisconsin 1,490 0.57 2.65 $14.83 $30,850
Indiana 1,470 0.54 2.50 $12.94 $26,910




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 1,490 0.57 2.65 $14.83 $30,850
South Dakota 220 0.56 2.60 $11.83 $24,600
Indiana 1,470 0.54 2.50 $12.94 $26,910
Kansas 550 0.42 1.94 $12.57 $26,150
Alabama 690 0.38 1.76 $12.19 $25,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 820 0.30 1.41 $17.58 $36,560
Connecticut 540 0.34 1.56 $17.13 $35,630
Massachusetts 430 0.14 0.64 $16.88 $35,110
Minnesota 460 0.18 0.83 $16.37 $34,050
Missouri 370 0.14 0.66 $15.55 $32,340

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 1,440 0.38 1.74 $12.62 $26,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.51 2.37 $13.59 $28,270
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 660 0.26 1.22 $13.75 $28,590
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 0.71 $15.74 $32,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.36 1.69 $18.68 $38,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 470 0.28 1.31 $13.17 $27,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 460 0.41 1.88 $13.17 $27,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 460 0.23 1.06 $13.00 $27,050
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 420 0.43 2.00 $13.49 $28,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 0.08 0.37 $12.10 $25,160




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)
Elmira, NY 170 4.50 20.84 $15.66 $32,570
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 190 1.90 8.79 $12.26 $25,500
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 220 1.61 7.46 $11.93 $24,820
Lebanon, PA 50 1.03 4.78 $12.97 $26,970
Wichita, KS 230 0.81 3.76 $13.05 $27,150
York-Hanover, PA 120 0.73 3.38 $12.50 $26,000
Green Bay, WI 110 0.70 3.26 $15.25 $31,720
St. Cloud, MN 60 0.63 2.90 $16.44 $34,200
Reading, PA 90 0.57 2.66 $13.54 $28,160
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 300 0.56 2.59 $17.50 $36,400




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)
Worcester, MA-CT 80 0.32 1.47 $23.22 $48,300
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.31 1.45 $21.77 $45,290
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.14 0.66 $20.61 $42,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.39 $19.73 $41,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.36 1.69 $18.68 $38,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.24 $17.66 $36,740
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 300 0.56 2.59 $17.50 $36,400
Springfield, MO 60 0.35 1.62 $17.45 $36,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 150 0.12 0.57 $16.90 $35,140
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $16.70 $34,740

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 470 2.44 11.32 $14.38 $29,910
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.66 3.07 $12.04 $25,050
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.49 6.88 $10.96 $22,800
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.29 5.99 $13.89 $28,890
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.65 3.02 $13.41 $27,890

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)
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 470 2.44 11.32 $14.38 $29,910
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 110 1.77 8.19 $12.21 $25,400
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.49 6.88 $10.96 $22,800
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.29 5.99 $13.89 $28,890
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.13 5.22 $12.35 $25,700

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 2.34 $16.92 $35,200
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.29 $16.63 $34,600
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.86 3.99 $15.72 $32,700
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 1.88 $15.44 $32,120
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 2.17 $15.29 $31,800


About May 2010 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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