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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
Industry profile for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
Geographic profile for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

National estimates for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,050 4.0 % $ 16.53 $ 34,380 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.23 $ 13.06 $ 15.26 $ 18.90 $ 23.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,360 $ 27,170 $ 31,750 $ 39,310 $ 49,770


Industry profile for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 7,610 0.24 $ 14.32 $ 29,790
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,730 0.43 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Foundries 1,440 1.36 $ 16.26 $ 33,810
Plastics Product Manufacturing 1,240 0.22 $ 15.66 $ 32,570
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,170 0.34 $ 16.45 $ 34,210

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundries 1,440 1.36 $ 16.26 $ 33,810
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,070 0.81 $ 16.77 $ 34,880
Ship and Boat Building 1,010 0.74 $ 18.14 $ 37,730
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,730 0.43 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,070 0.40 $ 18.39 $ 38,240

Top paying industries for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 210 0.29 $ 23.51 $ 48,910
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $ 20.68 $ 43,000
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 590 0.04 $ 20.39 $ 42,400
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $ 20.14 $ 41,890


Geographic profile for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,070 0.25 1.43 $ 17.42 $ 36,230
Texas 2,690 0.22 1.29 $ 15.33 $ 31,880
Wisconsin 1,940 0.72 4.14 $ 15.01 $ 31,220
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.25 1.42 $ 16.72 $ 34,780
New York 1,070 0.12 0.71 $ 20.65 $ 42,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 1,940 0.72 4.14 $ 15.01 $ 31,220
Rhode Island 260 0.59 3.40 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
North Dakota 220 0.54 3.15 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
Arkansas 540 0.46 2.66 $ 15.64 $ 32,540
Alabama 520 0.27 1.58 $ 15.23 $ 31,670




Top paying states for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 260 0.17 0.97 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
Maine 50 0.09 0.55 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
New York 1,070 0.12 0.71 $ 20.65 $ 42,950
Massachusetts 350 0.10 0.60 $ 19.36 $ 40,270
Rhode Island 260 0.59 3.40 $ 18.48 $ 38,440





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,100 0.36 2.09 $ 16.39 $ 34,090
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,450 0.40 2.33 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,160 0.13 0.76 $ 21.28 $ 44,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 480 0.16 0.94 $ 17.84 $ 37,100
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 440 0.55 3.17 $ 14.83 $ 30,840
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 440 0.16 0.94 $ 17.49 $ 36,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 420 0.18 1.03 $ 23.75 $ 49,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 410 0.09 0.54 $ 17.05 $ 35,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 370 0.18 1.01 $ 17.08 $ 35,530
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 310 0.21 1.19 $ 16.56 $ 34,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Appleton, WI 190 1.66 9.62 $ 14.80 $ 30,790
Modesto, CA 220 1.20 6.96 $ 14.98 $ 31,150
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 170 1.15 6.65 $ 15.15 $ 31,500
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 1.13 6.55 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Racine, WI 80 1.12 6.46 $ 12.85 $ 26,720
Gainesville, GA 90 1.02 5.92 $ 16.89 $ 35,130
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 160 0.84 4.86 $ 12.48 $ 25,950
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 70 0.82 4.73 $ 18.12 $ 37,690
Waco, TX 90 0.77 4.43 (8) (8)
Sherman-Denison, TX 30 0.70 4.04 $ 12.90 $ 26,840




Top paying metropolitan areas for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Springfield, MA-CT 110 0.36 2.09 $ 26.83 $ 55,800
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 420 0.18 1.03 $ 23.75 $ 49,390
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 22.00 $ 45,770
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,160 0.13 0.76 $ 21.28 $ 44,250
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.21 1.19 $ 20.56 $ 42,770
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 20.45 $ 42,540
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 70 0.07 0.41 $ 19.92 $ 41,440
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 210 0.20 1.18 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 150 0.15 0.88 $ 18.96 $ 39,430
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 18.96 $ 39,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 2.16 12.51 $ 14.97 $ 31,140
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.13 6.55 $ 14.51 $ 30,180
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 3.46 $ 15.76 $ 32,780
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.67 3.88 $ 14.84 $ 30,860
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 1.79 $ 15.46 $ 32,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 2.16 12.51 $ 14.97 $ 31,140
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.13 6.55 $ 14.51 $ 30,180
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 4.40 $ 18.05 $ 37,540
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.67 3.88 $ 14.84 $ 30,860
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 3.46 $ 15.76 $ 32,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.76 $ 19.78 $ 41,130
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 80 0.24 1.39 $ 19.72 $ 41,030
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.32 $ 38,110
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.64 $ 18.06 $ 37,570
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 4.40 $ 18.05 $ 37,540


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021