Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
69,510 1.9 % $15.90 $33,070 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.95 $12.07 $15.20 $18.74 $22.75
Annual Wage (2) $20,700 $25,100 $31,620 $38,980 $47,320


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)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 6,860 1.92 $15.02 $31,230
Foundries 6,780 5.28 $14.55 $30,270
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,580 2.48 $16.77 $34,880
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 5,500 3.14 $17.06 $35,480
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 4,910 3.65 $14.95 $31,100

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 6,780 5.28 $14.55 $30,270
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 1,950 4.96 $16.63 $34,580
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 4,910 3.65 $14.95 $31,100
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 5,500 3.14 $17.06 $35,480
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 6,580 2.48 $16.77 $34,880

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 3,340 0.68 $19.81 $41,200
Ship and Boat Building 470 0.38 $18.71 $38,920
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 1,610 1.58 $18.41 $38,300
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 650 0.69 $17.64 $36,680
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 520 0.83 $17.38 $36,150


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 8,120 0.57 1.06 $14.21 $29,550
Ohio 4,950 0.98 1.83 $16.61 $34,550
Pennsylvania 4,650 0.83 1.56 $17.03 $35,420
Illinois 4,290 0.76 1.42 $16.61 $34,560
Texas 4,180 0.40 0.74 $14.14 $29,420




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)
New Hampshire 1,010 1.65 3.09 $16.92 $35,190
Indiana 3,880 1.38 2.58 $16.54 $34,390
Wisconsin 3,080 1.15 2.16 $16.31 $33,930
Iowa 1,660 1.13 2.12 $14.95 $31,100
South Carolina 2,010 1.12 2.10 $18.09 $37,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 270 0.47 0.89 $20.85 $43,370
Massachusetts 1,780 0.56 1.04 $18.23 $37,910
South Carolina 2,010 1.12 2.10 $18.09 $37,630
Connecticut 1,610 0.99 1.86 $18.09 $37,620
Mississippi 510 0.47 0.88 $17.94 $37,320





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 3,560 0.92 1.72 $14.35 $29,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,200 0.60 1.13 $16.76 $34,860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,500 1.06 1.99 $12.85 $26,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,430 0.54 1.01 $13.35 $27,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,310 0.75 1.40 $17.67 $36,760
Pittsburgh, PA 1,300 1.15 2.16 $17.38 $36,140
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,100 1.03 1.93 $18.35 $38,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,030 1.03 1.93 $17.12 $35,610
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,000 1.00 1.88 $16.87 $35,100
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 900 1.12 2.10 $17.84 $37,110




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)
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 160 3.85 7.21 $16.45 $34,210
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 220 3.83 7.19 $16.65 $34,620
Anniston-Oxford, AL 160 3.57 6.70 $15.60 $32,450
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 300 3.40 6.38 $17.01 $35,380
Carson City, NV 80 3.11 5.83 $14.37 $29,880
Rockford, IL 430 3.07 5.75 $15.51 $32,250
Elmira, NY 100 2.62 4.92 $17.42 $36,230
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 260 2.37 4.45 $14.93 $31,050
York-Hanover, PA 410 2.35 4.40 $20.22 $42,050
Columbus, IN 110 2.34 4.39 $15.61 $32,460