Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
10,220 3.5 % $18.07 $37,590 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.72 $13.11 $17.09 $21.82 $26.85
Annual Wage (2) $22,310 $27,280 $35,550 $45,400 $55,840


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 1,450 0.79 $17.39 $36,180
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,250 1.37 $20.15 $41,910
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.55 $15.88 $33,040
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 760 0.20 $17.39 $36,180
Foundries 490 0.39 $15.45 $32,140

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 1,250 1.37 $20.15 $41,910
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,450 0.79 $17.39 $36,180
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 440 0.59 $16.84 $35,030
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.55 $15.88 $33,040
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 180 0.47 $16.75 $34,850

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 330 0.07 $32.75 $68,120
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 360 0.06 $23.35 $48,580
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 150 0.15 $20.97 $43,610
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,250 1.37 $20.15 $41,910
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 120 0.17 $20.14 $41,880


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 1,140 0.07 0.99 $16.84 $35,020
Michigan 750 0.18 2.43 $19.06 $39,640
Ohio 750 0.14 1.91 $17.20 $35,780
Oregon 610 0.35 4.72 $21.37 $44,460
Illinois 540 0.09 1.25 $18.23 $37,930




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 610 0.35 4.72 $21.37 $44,460
Idaho 130 0.20 2.70 $17.37 $36,130
Vermont 60 0.19 2.60 $19.47 $40,500
Oklahoma 290 0.18 2.43 $16.99 $35,340
Michigan 750 0.18 2.43 $19.06 $39,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 380 0.13 1.74 $26.65 $55,440
Oregon 610 0.35 4.72 $21.37 $44,460
New Hampshire 70 0.11 1.47 $20.22 $42,050
Montana 30 0.07 0.93 $20.03 $41,660
Massachusetts 210 0.06 0.83 $19.52 $40,600





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 320 0.08 1.04 $16.20 $33,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.19 2.62 $14.63 $30,420
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.25 3.35 $19.84 $41,270
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 230 0.22 2.91 $22.66 $47,130
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.69 $19.13 $39,790
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.20 2.76 $19.96 $41,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 1.32 $31.81 $66,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 140 0.08 1.03 $17.64 $36,690
Tulsa, OK 140 0.33 4.43 $18.48 $38,440
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 130 0.32 4.26 $20.08 $41,760




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)
Longview, WA 40 1.06 14.25 $24.54 $51,040
Eugene, OR 120 0.79 10.69 $21.40 $44,520
Saginaw, MI 60 0.76 10.26 $16.90 $35,160
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.41 5.57 $16.75 $34,840
Rockford, IL 50 0.37 4.96 $15.60 $32,450
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 30 0.34 4.58 $18.16 $37,780
Tulsa, OK 140 0.33 4.43 $18.48 $38,440
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 130 0.32 4.26 $20.08 $41,760
Fort Smith, AR-OK 30 0.27 3.70 $13.99 $29,090
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.25 3.35 $19.84 $41,270




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 150 0.10 1.32 $31.81 $66,170
Longview, WA 40 1.06 14.25 $24.54 $51,040
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 0.93 $23.73 $49,370
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.20 2.63 $22.92 $47,670
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 230 0.22 2.91 $22.66 $47,130
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.19 2.62 $21.65 $45,030
Eugene, OR 120 0.79 10.69 $21.40 $44,520
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 1.67 $20.83 $43,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.04 0.48 $20.29 $42,200
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 130 0.32 4.26 $20.08 $41,760

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.43 5.77 $17.20 $35,780
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.42 5.70 $13.81 $28,720
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 2.06 27.73 $14.53 $30,220
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.51 20.41 $23.94 $49,800
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 5.20 $17.73 $36,880

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 Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 2.06 27.73 $14.53 $30,220
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.51 20.41 $23.94 $49,800
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.00 13.51 $20.27 $42,150
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.93 12.53 $23.04 $47,930
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 10.71 $20.81 $43,280

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 Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.51 20.41 $23.94 $49,800
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.93 12.53 $23.04 $47,930
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 3.97 $22.04 $45,830
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 10.71 $20.81 $43,280
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.37 $20.47 $42,580


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016