Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
73,570 1.8 % $16.62 $34,560 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.23 $12.45 $15.79 $19.79 $23.98
Annual Wage (2) $21,280 $25,900 $32,840 $41,160 $49,870


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 7,500 5.91 $15.87 $33,000
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 7,120 1.90 $16.46 $34,230
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,470 4.60 $15.37 $31,980
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 5,650 2.04 $18.03 $37,510
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,270 2.33 $17.68 $36,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,550 6.61 $18.71 $38,920
Foundries 7,500 5.91 $15.87 $33,000
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6,470 4.60 $15.37 $31,980
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 4,270 2.33 $17.68 $36,780
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 5,650 2.04 $18.03 $37,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 220 0.11 $24.83 $51,640
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,660 0.75 $20.14 $41,890
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 740 0.82 $20.11 $41,820
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 860 1.40 $19.67 $40,910
Rubber Product Manufacturing 580 0.44 $18.92 $39,350


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 8,070 0.52 0.98 $15.57 $32,390
Ohio 5,840 1.11 2.07 $16.02 $33,330
Texas 4,650 0.40 0.75 $15.68 $32,610
Pennsylvania 4,600 0.81 1.51 $18.02 $37,490
Wisconsin 4,380 1.58 2.96 $16.62 $34,570



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)
Wisconsin 4,380 1.58 2.96 $16.62 $34,570
Indiana 3,560 1.21 2.26 $17.72 $36,860
Ohio 5,840 1.11 2.07 $16.02 $33,330
Rhode Island 480 1.01 1.90 $15.77 $32,800
Michigan 3,820 0.92 1.73 $15.87 $33,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,310 0.75 1.41 $22.91 $47,660
Massachusetts 1,980 0.58 1.09 $20.84 $43,350
South Carolina 1,740 0.90 1.69 $19.60 $40,760
Connecticut 1,440 0.87 1.63 $18.83 $39,160
New Hampshire 530 0.84 1.57 $18.07 $37,590




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 2,710 0.66 1.24 $15.32 $31,870
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.50 0.94 $17.67 $36,750
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,630 1.07 2.00 $15.56 $32,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,590 0.54 1.02 $16.25 $33,790
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,440 1.29 2.43 $19.56 $40,690
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,410 1.39 2.60 $16.51 $34,340
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,330 1.13 2.12 $15.21 $31,640
Pittsburgh, PA 1,280 1.13 2.12 $18.61 $38,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,250 0.67 1.25 $17.43 $36,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,140 1.37 2.57 $16.83 $35,010



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, MI 200 3.20 6.00 $17.83 $37,100
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 190 3.14 5.88 $17.50 $36,400
Rockford, IL 450 3.08 5.76 $16.13 $33,540
Elmira, NY 100 2.78 5.22 $17.65 $36,720
Albany, OR 100 2.36 4.42 $17.80 $37,020
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 100 2.26 4.23 $14.34 $29,820
Eau Claire, WI 180 2.22 4.16 $15.90 $33,060
Erie, PA 270 2.13 3.99 $16.71 $34,760
Akron, OH 650 2.00 3.74 $15.47 $32,170
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 90 1.92 3.59 $17.32 $36,020