Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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.


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)
70,910 2.0 % $16.27 $33,850 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.12 $12.28 $15.49 $19.35 $23.28
Annual Wage (2) $21,060 $25,540 $32,220 $40,240 $48,410


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 7,300 5.74 $14.96 $31,110
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,000 1.91 $15.50 $32,240
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,570 2.39 $17.32 $36,030
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,220 3.82 $14.95 $31,100
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,760 2.66 $17.40 $36,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,390 6.26 $18.73 $38,950
Foundries 7,300 5.74 $14.96 $31,110
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 5,220 3.82 $14.95 $31,100
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,760 2.66 $17.40 $36,190
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,570 2.39 $17.32 $36,030

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 3,420 0.68 $19.67 $40,910
Support Activities for Air Transportation (8) (8) $19.30 $40,140
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 720 0.79 $19.22 $39,970
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,390 6.26 $18.73 $38,950
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,570 1.59 $17.98 $37,390


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 7,650 0.52 0.97 $14.97 $31,140
Pennsylvania 5,200 0.93 1.73 $17.10 $35,580
Illinois 4,650 0.81 1.52 $16.04 $33,370
Ohio 4,530 0.88 1.65 $16.95 $35,250
Texas 4,310 0.40 0.74 $15.05 $31,310




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 3,680 1.36 2.54 $16.43 $34,170
Indiana 3,580 1.25 2.34 $16.72 $34,780
New Hampshire 770 1.23 2.31 $17.94 $37,310
Iowa 1,740 1.17 2.18 $15.09 $31,390
South Carolina 2,110 1.15 2.16 $18.32 $38,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 230 0.39 0.73 $22.02 $45,800
Massachusetts 2,160 0.66 1.24 $20.07 $41,750
Mississippi 460 0.43 0.80 $18.46 $38,400
New Mexico 70 0.08 0.16 $18.45 $38,380
South Carolina 2,110 1.15 2.16 $18.32 $38,100





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 3,330 0.84 1.57 $15.45 $32,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,310 0.63 1.17 $16.22 $33,730
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,500 0.54 1.01 $14.52 $30,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.99 1.86 $14.11 $29,340
Pittsburgh, PA 1,340 1.18 2.21 $17.62 $36,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,240 0.69 1.30 $17.38 $36,160
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.05 1.97 $17.55 $36,510
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,020 0.99 1.85 $17.57 $36,540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 960 1.18 2.21 $17.19 $35,750
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 950 0.94 1.76 $18.02 $37,490




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)
Columbus, GA-AL 420 3.77 7.04 $12.01 $24,980
Anniston-Oxford, AL 140 3.18 5.94 $16.25 $33,800
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 170 2.97 5.55 $17.49 $36,380
Carson City, NV 80 2.96 5.54 $14.90 $31,000
York-Hanover, PA 490 2.81 5.26 $20.25 $42,110
Rockford, IL 370 2.60 4.85 $15.39 $32,020
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 100 2.46 4.60 $14.24 $29,620
Dubuque, IA 130 2.35 4.39 $14.73 $30,640
Erie, PA 290 2.31 4.32 $13.93 $28,980
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 190 2.08 3.89 $12.98 $27,000