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

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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 will usually earn a compensation of around $26,580 to $54,790 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average pay level of thirty-eight thousand eight hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

can get the best compensation in Oregon, where they can receive normal pay levels of about $48,080. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Transportation and Warehousing, where they receive normal pay levels of $44,650.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 32.29 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:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,740
Transportation and Warehousing
$44,650
Construction
$42,130
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$40,570
Manufacturing
$38,990
Retail Trade
$36,660

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,390
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$32,350
Wholesale Trade
$35,480
Retail Trade
$36,660
Manufacturing
$38,990
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$40,570