Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
29,320 3.0 % $14.41 $29,980 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.36 $10.93 $13.63 $17.20 $21.08
Annual Wage (2) $19,460 $22,730 $28,340 $35,780 $43,840


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)
Foundries 4,610 3.67 $15.02 $31,240
Plastics Product Manufacturing 2,340 0.44 $12.97 $26,980
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 2,210 0.60 $14.34 $29,830
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,930 1.40 $12.72 $26,470
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,900 2.64 $14.91 $31,000

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 4,610 3.67 $15.02 $31,240
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,900 2.64 $14.91 $31,000
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,930 1.40 $12.72 $26,470
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,650 0.71 $13.12 $27,290
Forging and Stamping 680 0.69 $14.29 $29,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 150 0.08 $18.61 $38,700
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 110 0.12 $18.24 $37,940
Building Finishing Contractors 160 0.02 $17.87 $37,180
Hardware Manufacturing (8) (8) $17.78 $36,990
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 160 0.02 $17.70 $36,810


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 5,300 0.35 1.62 $13.50 $28,070
Texas 1,930 0.17 0.79 $13.74 $28,570
Indiana 1,600 0.55 2.54 $13.92 $28,960
Ohio 1,410 0.27 1.25 $14.85 $30,890
Michigan 1,390 0.34 1.57 $15.03 $31,260




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)
Vermont 170 0.57 2.64 $16.29 $33,880
Indiana 1,600 0.55 2.54 $13.92 $28,960
Wisconsin 1,310 0.48 2.21 $16.70 $34,740
Kansas 610 0.45 2.06 $13.67 $28,440
Oregon 600 0.36 1.64 $12.74 $26,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 700 0.21 0.98 $17.30 $35,990
Maryland 190 0.07 0.34 $17.20 $35,770
Connecticut 300 0.18 0.83 $17.07 $35,500
Maine 90 0.16 0.74 $16.78 $34,890
Wisconsin 1,310 0.48 2.21 $16.70 $34,740





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 1,930 0.48 2.20 $12.76 $26,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.70 3.22 $12.52 $26,040
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.16 0.72 $14.42 $30,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 550 0.37 1.69 $15.49 $32,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 520 0.18 0.84 $13.14 $27,340
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 460 0.43 1.99 $12.96 $26,950
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 420 0.42 1.92 $14.94 $31,070
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.40 1.86 $15.14 $31,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 410 0.23 1.04 $16.75 $34,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.17 0.80 $12.28 $25,540




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 290 4.82 22.21 $20.62 $42,880
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 360 3.01 13.88 $13.20 $27,450
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 250 1.73 7.96 $13.96 $29,050
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 150 1.34 6.18 $15.53 $32,300
Wichita, KS 310 1.06 4.90 $13.73 $28,560
Fort Wayne, IN 190 0.90 4.14 $14.01 $29,130
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.85 3.90 $20.29 $42,210
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 160 0.82 3.79 $12.11 $25,180
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 300 0.73 3.35 $13.19 $27,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.70 3.22 $12.52 $26,040




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)
Appleton, WI 40 0.36 1.64 $20.62 $42,890
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 290 4.82 22.21 $20.62 $42,880
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.85 3.90 $20.29 $42,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.14 0.65 $19.97 $41,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.08 $19.80 $41,190
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 0.26 1.18 $19.66 $40,890
Huntsville, AL 50 0.26 1.19 $18.67 $38,840
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $18.33 $38,120
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.59 2.72 $18.12 $37,690
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 170 0.21 0.97 $18.02 $37,470

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 340 1.62 7.45 $13.98 $29,080
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 0.93 4.27 $14.88 $30,940
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.54 7.10 $13.02 $27,090
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.53 2.45 $12.88 $26,780
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.22 5.62 $17.46 $36,320

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 340 1.62 7.45 $13.98 $29,080
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 250 1.54 7.10 $13.02 $27,090
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.22 5.62 $17.46 $36,320
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 150 1.11 5.13 $12.89 $26,800
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.99 4.55 $18.99 $39,500

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 70 0.99 4.55 $18.99 $39,500
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.04 $18.13 $37,720
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.41 1.88 $17.69 $36,800
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.22 5.62 $17.46 $36,320
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.76 $16.92 $35,190


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015