Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
27,630 2.7 % $13.80 $28,710 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.11 $10.66 $13.18 $16.44 $19.68
Annual Wage (2) $18,950 $22,170 $27,420 $34,200 $40,930


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 4,520 3.81 $14.13 $29,390
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,080 0.95 $12.48 $25,960
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,040 0.40 $12.38 $25,750
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,930 1.51 $13.21 $27,470
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,720 0.36 $15.10 $31,420

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 4,520 3.81 $14.13 $29,390
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,300 1.95 $14.54 $30,250
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,930 1.51 $13.21 $27,470
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 420 1.03 $13.80 $28,710
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,080 0.95 $12.48 $25,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.73 $36,870
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.05 $17.13 $35,630
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $16.75 $34,850
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 50 0.08 $15.87 $33,010
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $15.44 $32,110


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 4,220 0.30 1.40 $13.44 $27,960
Indiana 1,920 0.70 3.24 $12.85 $26,730
Wisconsin 1,850 0.70 3.24 $14.99 $31,180
Texas 1,730 0.17 0.78 $12.56 $26,130
New York 1,360 0.16 0.75 $14.45 $30,050




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 1,850 0.70 3.24 $14.99 $31,180
Indiana 1,920 0.70 3.24 $12.85 $26,730
Kansas 660 0.50 2.33 $12.17 $25,320
South Dakota 170 0.44 2.04 $11.72 $24,370
Vermont 110 0.39 1.83 $12.97 $26,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 580 0.36 1.66 $16.99 $35,350
Massachusetts 490 0.15 0.72 $16.77 $34,870
Minnesota 530 0.21 0.96 $16.42 $34,140
Maryland 80 0.03 0.16 $15.99 $33,250
Washington 470 0.17 0.81 $15.88 $33,040





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 1,560 0.41 1.89 $12.53 $26,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 0.79 $14.70 $30,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.40 1.86 $14.05 $29,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 540 0.21 0.98 $14.63 $30,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 470 0.41 1.91 $13.28 $27,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 450 0.09 0.42 $12.80 $26,630
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 390 0.40 1.86 $14.07 $29,260
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 380 0.48 2.23 $15.90 $33,070
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 360 2.60 12.05 $11.45 $23,810
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 350 0.64 2.99 $16.43 $34,170




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)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 310 3.03 14.06 $11.82 $24,590
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 360 2.60 12.05 $11.45 $23,810
Carson City, NV 50 1.70 7.90 $11.91 $24,760
Anniston-Oxford, AL 70 1.45 6.73 (8) (8)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 110 1.17 5.45 $10.62 $22,090
Wichita, KS 240 0.84 3.92 $12.36 $25,700
York-Hanover, PA 140 0.80 3.72 $12.11 $25,200
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.79 3.68 $12.97 $26,980
Fort Wayne, IN 130 0.66 3.07 $12.67 $26,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 350 0.64 2.99 $16.43 $34,170




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.19 0.88 $23.46 $48,790
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.41 1.92 $22.01 $45,780
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.43 1.98 $19.21 $39,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.37 $18.23 $37,920
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 50 0.13 0.60 $17.36 $36,100
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 190 0.16 0.74 $17.07 $35,500
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.21 0.98 $17.03 $35,410
St. Cloud, MN 50 0.52 2.40 $16.89 $35,140
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $16.52 $34,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 350 0.64 2.99 $16.43 $34,170

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 650 3.28 15.22 $13.60 $28,300
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 450 3.29 15.25 $14.68 $30,540
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.58 2.71 $12.27 $25,520
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.19 5.55 $15.80 $32,850
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.67 3.10 $13.17 $27,400

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 450 3.29 15.25 $14.68 $30,540
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 650 3.28 15.22 $13.60 $28,300
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 2.16 10.01 $12.26 $25,500
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 150 1.30 6.04 $10.44 $21,700
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.19 5.55 $15.80 $32,850

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.39 $16.83 $35,010
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.49 $16.13 $33,550
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.04 $33,360
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.19 5.55 $15.80 $32,850
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.97 4.50 $15.34 $31,900


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.

(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 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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