Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
28,110 3.2 % $14.60 $30,370 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.52 $11.09 $13.76 $17.29 $21.36
Annual Wage (2) $19,800 $23,080 $28,610 $35,960 $44,440


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 3,890 3.07 $15.08 $31,360
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 2,260 0.60 $14.21 $29,550
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 2,170 1.54 $13.84 $28,780
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 2,000 2.68 $14.65 $30,470
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,960 0.36 $13.23 $27,520

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 3,890 3.07 $15.08 $31,360
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 2,000 2.68 $14.65 $30,470
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 2,170 1.54 $13.84 $28,780
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 290 0.75 $14.07 $29,250
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,650 0.70 $12.87 $26,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 220 0.02 $18.09 $37,620
Building Finishing Contractors 160 0.02 $18.08 $37,610
Ship and Boat Building 820 0.59 $17.72 $36,860
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 170 0.27 $17.40 $36,190
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 90 0.14 $16.91 $35,180


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 5,670 0.37 1.79 $13.76 $28,620
Texas 1,990 0.17 0.84 $15.10 $31,400
Indiana 1,510 0.51 2.51 $13.51 $28,100
New York 1,360 0.15 0.74 $15.00 $31,210
North Carolina 1,320 0.32 1.57 $13.43 $27,940




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 1,510 0.51 2.51 $13.51 $28,100
Vermont 130 0.44 2.14 $18.24 $37,940
California 5,670 0.37 1.79 $13.76 $28,620
Kansas 450 0.33 1.60 $14.47 $30,100
Oregon 560 0.32 1.57 $13.35 $27,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 130 0.44 2.14 $18.24 $37,940
Connecticut 330 0.20 0.96 $17.33 $36,040
Massachusetts 720 0.21 1.04 $16.88 $35,110
Minnesota 660 0.24 1.16 $16.80 $34,930
Maine 90 0.15 0.73 $16.69 $34,720





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 2,350 0.57 2.81 $13.37 $27,820
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.70 3.41 $13.03 $27,090
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.16 0.80 $14.61 $30,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 550 0.24 1.15 $16.18 $33,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.28 1.37 $15.80 $32,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 410 0.32 1.55 $13.94 $28,990
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 410 0.38 1.86 $13.41 $27,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.14 0.67 $13.87 $28,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.20 0.98 $17.39 $36,160
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.32 1.59 $15.40 $32,030




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 330 2.63 12.91 $13.97 $29,060
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 270 1.86 9.10 $12.78 $26,590
Wichita Falls, TX 60 1.05 5.17 $11.70 $24,340
Fort Wayne, IN 200 0.95 4.65 $13.48 $28,040
St. Cloud, MN 90 0.88 4.34 $16.21 $33,710
Wichita, KS 230 0.77 3.77 $14.47 $30,110
Longview, TX 80 0.76 3.75 $15.93 $33,130
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.70 3.41 $13.03 $27,090
Auburn-Opelika, AL 40 0.69 3.39 $11.95 $24,860
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.67 3.30 $17.45 $36,300




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 0.54 $21.41 $44,530
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $20.26 $42,150
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 240 0.33 1.61 $18.67 $38,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 30 0.01 0.07 $18.63 $38,760
Huntsville, AL 50 0.22 1.09 $18.42 $38,310
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $18.39 $38,250
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.19 0.92 $18.15 $37,760
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 210 0.37 1.82 $17.94 $37,320
Peoria, IL (8) (8) (8) $17.88 $37,190
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.67 3.30 $17.45 $36,300

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.45 7.13 $13.32 $27,710
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 240 1.12 5.48 $13.56 $28,200
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 220 1.06 5.18 $14.41 $29,980
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 190 0.57 2.79 $15.54 $32,320
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.14 5.61 $11.30 $23,510

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 1.53 7.49 $9.63 $20,030
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 160 1.49 7.32 $12.20 $25,370
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.45 7.13 $13.32 $27,710
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.14 5.61 $11.30 $23,510
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 240 1.12 5.48 $13.56 $28,200

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 3.97 $20.90 $43,460
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 1.44 $17.42 $36,230
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 1.99 $17.14 $35,660
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 1.15 $16.68 $34,700
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 2.13 $16.28 $33,870


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.

(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 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