Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


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)
11,860 3.5 % $17.15 $35,670 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.20 $12.68 $16.62 $20.86 $24.95
Annual Wage (2) $21,210 $26,370 $34,570 $43,390 $51,890


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)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,950 1.20 $17.54 $36,490
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,330 1.58 $18.27 $38,000
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,280 0.70 $15.97 $33,220
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 990 0.30 $17.81 $37,040
Foundries 740 0.62 $14.10 $29,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,330 1.58 $18.27 $38,000
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,950 1.20 $17.54 $36,490
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 480 1.18 $15.43 $32,100
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,280 0.70 $15.97 $33,220
Foundries 740 0.62 $14.10 $29,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 160 0.03 $29.73 $61,830
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 120 0.03 $27.77 $57,770
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $23.05 $47,930
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 160 0.28 $19.83 $41,240
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 360 0.38 $19.13 $39,800


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)
Michigan 950 0.25 2.68 $18.37 $38,220
Pennsylvania 840 0.15 1.64 $15.69 $32,640
California 840 0.06 0.65 $14.97 $31,140
Wisconsin 710 0.27 2.90 $18.85 $39,210
Texas 670 0.06 0.70 $14.34 $29,830




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)
Oregon 500 0.32 3.42 $20.04 $41,680
Wisconsin 710 0.27 2.90 $18.85 $39,210
Idaho 150 0.26 2.79 $16.06 $33,400
Michigan 950 0.25 2.68 $18.37 $38,220
Vermont 70 0.24 2.57 $17.93 $37,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 440 0.16 1.76 $24.35 $50,640
Connecticut 180 0.11 1.18 $22.55 $46,910
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.65 $21.07 $43,820
Oregon 500 0.32 3.42 $20.04 $41,680
Illinois 620 0.11 1.20 $19.01 $39,530





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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 520 0.50 5.44 $18.84 $39,190
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 350 0.43 4.70 $20.21 $42,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.33 3.53 $20.57 $42,780
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.10 1.09 $14.80 $30,790
Pittsburgh, PA 230 0.21 2.23 $18.02 $37,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.62 $16.01 $33,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.55 $12.98 $26,990
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 1.42 $18.80 $39,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.12 1.30 $27.54 $57,280
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 150 0.15 1.61 $18.08 $37,610




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 50 0.94 10.14 $14.64 $30,440
Fond du Lac, WI 40 0.93 10.04 $16.99 $35,330
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 50 0.88 9.55 $12.84 $26,710
Lebanon, PA 30 0.65 7.01 $16.89 $35,130
Spartanburg, SC 60 0.55 5.96 $17.40 $36,200
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 520 0.50 5.44 $18.84 $39,190
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 50 0.50 5.45 $13.14 $27,320
Eugene-Springfield, OR 60 0.47 5.09 $20.81 $43,290
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.46 5.00 $20.32 $42,260
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 350 0.43 4.70 $20.21 $42,030




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.12 1.30 $27.54 $57,280
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 0.49 $24.10 $50,130
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 1.71 $23.91 $49,730
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 30 0.18 1.97 $23.79 $49,480
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.20 2.16 $22.72 $47,250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 0.87 $22.28 $46,340
Eugene-Springfield, OR 60 0.47 5.09 $20.81 $43,290
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.33 3.53 $20.57 $42,780
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $20.35 $42,330
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.46 5.00 $20.32 $42,260

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.82 8.87 $12.73 $26,470
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 10.51 $19.31 $40,170
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.45 4.90 $15.02 $31,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.76 8.23 $19.48 $40,520
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.68 7.40 $14.96 $31,110

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 14.07 $23.88 $49,670
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 10.51 $19.31 $40,170
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.82 8.87 $12.73 $26,470
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.76 8.23 $19.48 $40,520
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.68 7.40 $14.96 $31,110

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 14.07 $23.88 $49,670
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.11 $23.70 $49,290
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 4.87 $20.54 $42,730
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 5.34 $19.78 $41,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 2.23 $19.57 $40,710


About May 2011 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.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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