Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
31,240 2.9 % $14.11 $29,360 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.24 $10.79 $13.38 $16.80 $20.44
Annual Wage (2) $19,210 $22,440 $27,830 $34,950 $42,520


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 5,400 4.24 $14.67 $30,510
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 2,420 0.66 $14.13 $29,390
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,420 0.46 $12.63 $26,270
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,990 0.90 $12.85 $26,740
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,940 1.42 $12.69 $26,380

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 5,400 4.24 $14.67 $30,510
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,810 2.57 $14.72 $30,620
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,940 1.42 $12.69 $26,380
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,990 0.90 $12.85 $26,740
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 350 0.89 $14.73 $30,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 100 0.11 $18.44 $38,360
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 210 0.12 $17.75 $36,910
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 30 0.03 $17.44 $36,270
Hardware Manufacturing 120 0.51 $16.73 $34,800
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 530 0.17 $16.40 $34,110


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 5,110 0.35 1.47 $13.49 $28,050
Indiana 2,280 0.80 3.39 $13.07 $27,180
Texas 1,990 0.18 0.77 $13.08 $27,200
Wisconsin 1,830 0.68 2.87 $15.88 $33,030
Ohio 1,480 0.29 1.22 $14.72 $30,620




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)
Indiana 2,280 0.80 3.39 $13.07 $27,180
Wisconsin 1,830 0.68 2.87 $15.88 $33,030
Vermont 180 0.62 2.62 $14.11 $29,340
Kansas 700 0.52 2.21 $12.91 $26,860
Rhode Island 180 0.40 1.68 $14.93 $31,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 470 0.29 1.23 $17.30 $35,990
Maryland 240 0.09 0.40 $17.04 $35,450
Massachusetts 720 0.22 0.94 $16.50 $34,310
New Jersey 490 0.13 0.54 $16.37 $34,050
Virginia 550 0.15 0.65 $16.30 $33,900





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 1,980 0.50 2.12 $12.42 $25,840
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.12 0.51 $14.76 $30,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 620 0.23 0.96 $13.56 $28,200
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.69 $12.32 $25,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 520 0.22 0.95 $13.01 $27,050
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 490 0.49 2.07 $14.93 $31,060
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 470 0.58 2.47 $15.60 $32,440
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 470 4.08 17.32 $12.23 $25,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 470 0.32 1.37 $14.00 $29,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.24 1.00 $15.82 $32,910




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)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 370 6.44 27.32 $18.94 $39,400
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 470 4.08 17.32 $12.23 $25,430
Anniston-Oxford, AL 120 2.70 11.48 $16.36 $34,020
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 350 2.40 10.19 $12.86 $26,750
Wichita, KS 300 1.06 4.50 $12.99 $27,020
Fort Wayne, IN 210 1.01 4.30 $13.72 $28,530
Wichita Falls, TX 50 0.91 3.87 $16.90 $35,150
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.90 3.84 $19.71 $40,990
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 170 0.83 3.53 $12.04 $25,040
Odessa, TX 60 0.81 3.44 $16.11 $33,510




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 60 0.15 0.63 $23.48 $48,840
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.90 3.84 $19.71 $40,990
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 370 6.44 27.32 $18.94 $39,400
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.19 0.79 $18.72 $38,940
Huntsville, AL 40 0.21 0.89 $18.71 $38,910
Rockford, IL 80 0.58 2.46 $18.48 $38,430
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 100 0.13 0.54 $18.38 $38,230
Springfield, MA-CT 100 0.34 1.43 $17.79 $36,990
Appleton, WI 60 0.54 2.29 $17.55 $36,510
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 0.46 $17.46 $36,320

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 500 3.59 15.23 $18.06 $37,560
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.26 9.59 $13.84 $28,800
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 440 2.71 11.49 $11.16 $23,210
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 260 0.98 4.16 $14.82 $30,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.99 4.22 $16.12 $33,520

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 500 3.59 15.23 $18.06 $37,560
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 440 2.71 11.49 $11.16 $23,210
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.26 9.59 $13.84 $28,800
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 120 1.12 0.00 $13.28 $27,620
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 4.68 $16.95 $35,250

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 500 3.59 15.23 $18.06 $37,560
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 2.01 $17.07 $35,500
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 4.68 $16.95 $35,250
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.61 $34,540
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.99 4.22 $16.12 $33,520


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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