Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
11,950 3.6 % $17.09 $35,560 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.19 $12.70 $16.49 $20.76 $25.02
Annual Wage (2) $21,190 $26,410 $34,300 $43,180 $52,030


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 1,890 1.08 $16.90 $35,150
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,360 1.63 $18.55 $38,590
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,200 0.63 $16.21 $33,720
Foundries 910 0.71 $13.87 $28,850
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 810 0.23 $17.27 $35,910

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 1,360 1.63 $18.55 $38,590
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 540 1.38 $15.41 $32,050
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,890 1.08 $16.90 $35,150
Foundries 910 0.71 $13.87 $28,850
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,200 0.63 $16.21 $33,720

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 240 0.05 $28.19 $58,630
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 130 0.03 $28.10 $58,440
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 340 0.33 $19.72 $41,020
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 270 0.11 $18.98 $39,480
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,360 1.63 $18.55 $38,590


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 900 0.06 0.68 $16.22 $33,730
Pennsylvania 810 0.15 1.59 $16.44 $34,200
Michigan 800 0.21 2.24 $18.62 $38,740
Illinois 730 0.13 1.41 $18.67 $38,840
Oregon 680 0.42 4.60 $20.44 $42,520




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 680 0.42 4.60 $20.44 $42,520
Idaho 150 0.26 2.79 $16.07 $33,430
Kentucky 420 0.24 2.60 $12.33 $25,650
Wisconsin 610 0.23 2.49 $17.21 $35,790
Michigan 800 0.21 2.24 $18.62 $38,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 160 0.10 1.07 $24.07 $50,060
Washington 480 0.17 1.88 $23.11 $48,070
Massachusetts 230 0.07 0.79 $20.51 $42,660
Oregon 680 0.42 4.60 $20.44 $42,520
Minnesota 160 0.06 0.65 $18.82 $39,140





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 470 0.13 1.42 $18.98 $39,480
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 370 0.37 4.02 $20.73 $43,110
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 360 0.33 3.63 $19.07 $39,670
Pittsburgh, PA 340 0.30 3.31 $17.15 $35,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.94 $17.59 $36,580
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 230 0.28 3.08 $16.18 $33,650
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 180 0.21 2.31 $13.73 $28,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.13 1.40 $27.95 $58,130
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.13 1.37 $19.63 $40,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 160 0.06 0.66 $15.07 $31,350




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 70 2.03 22.15 $20.71 $43,070
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.09 11.90 $17.60 $36,610
Battle Creek, MI 50 0.89 9.73 $13.67 $28,430
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 80 0.77 8.42 $13.88 $28,870
Lebanon, PA 30 0.69 7.48 $16.97 $35,310
Eugene-Springfield, OR 70 0.55 5.96 $21.73 $45,190
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.53 5.78 $20.65 $42,950
Rockford, IL 50 0.37 4.07 $16.69 $34,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 370 0.37 4.02 $20.73 $43,110
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 360 0.33 3.63 $19.07 $39,670




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 180 0.13 1.40 $27.95 $58,130
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.17 1.80 $23.67 $49,220
Springfield, MA-CT 70 0.24 2.65 $23.26 $48,380
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 0.76 $21.94 $45,640
Eugene-Springfield, OR 70 0.55 5.96 $21.73 $45,190
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 120 0.12 1.35 $20.96 $43,600
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 90 0.24 2.62 $20.95 $43,580
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 370 0.37 4.02 $20.73 $43,110
Longview, WA 70 2.03 22.15 $20.71 $43,070
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.53 5.78 $20.65 $42,950

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 4.06 $12.78 $26,580
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 16.98 $20.04 $41,680
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 6.54 $20.08 $41,770
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 4.08 $17.76 $36,940
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 3.61 $20.18 $41,970

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 16.98 $20.04 $41,680
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 1.02 11.14 $19.10 $39,730
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 6.54 $20.08 $41,770
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 6.17 $16.10 $33,490
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 6.23 $19.04 $39,600

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)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.41 $42,450
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 5.74 $20.26 $42,140
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 3.61 $20.18 $41,970
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 6.54 $20.08 $41,770
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 16.98 $20.04 $41,680


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013