Salary for Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Also known as:  Aluminum Polisher, Deburring Machine Operator, Jewel Bearing Facer, Metal Grinder, Tool Polishing Machine Operator

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The main duty of this worker is to install, operate, tend, and test grinding tools and other related machines. These machines are used to polish metal or plastic work pieces, remove excess metal or burrs from surfaces, or sharpen edges or corners. Completion of high school or its equivalency is usually necessary to be considered for this position. Once hired, an employer usually requires up to a year of formal on-site job training before an employee can start work.

A Metal or Plastic Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, or Buffing Machine Tool Setter/Operator can get wages of somewhere between 24000 and 36000 based on experience and education levels. Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic can expect an average compensation of Thirty Two Thousand Four Hundred dollars per year.

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic receive the highest pay in Michigan, where they get an average salary rate of approximately $41580. People holding these jobs obtain the most salary in Manufacturing, where they can receive average compensation of $46370.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 10.16 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders tend to make the most in the following industries
Transportation and Warehousing $46,370
Manufacturing $32,390
Other Services (except Public Administration) $31,600
Construction $30,240
Retail Trade $29,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $27,240
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $26,420
Wholesale Trade $27,070
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $27,240
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $27,240
Retail Trade $29,050
Construction $30,240
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