Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners



Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 304$19.18/hr$16.41/hr$17.25/hr$18.67/hr$20.10/hr$23.85/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing90$19.71/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-66.7%
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$17.81/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 20$21.28/hr5.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 20$22.27/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$17.50/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$18.74/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$18.67/hr6.3%
Central Minnesota 40$17.73/hr26.0%
Minnesota 100$19.09/hr7.7%




  • Perform basic maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating machine parts.
  • Remove and replace worn or broken machine parts, using hand tools.
  • Turn valves to direct flow of coolant against cutting wheels and workpieces during grinding.
  • Compute numbers, widths, and angles of cutting tools, micrometers, scales, and gauges, and adjust tools to produce specified cuts.
  • Inspect, feel, and measure workpieces to ensure that surfaces and dimensions meet specifications.
  • Set up and operate grinding or polishing machines to grind metal workpieces, such as dies, parts, and tools.
  • Monitor machine operations to determine whether adjustments are necessary, stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Monitor machine operations to determine whether adjustments are necessary, stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Dress grinding wheels, according to specifications.
  • Select and mount grinding wheels on machines, according to specifications, using hand tools and applying knowledge of abrasives and grinding procedures.