Tend machines that pound down and buff edges of leather uppers.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pounders do?

Tends machine that pounds down and buffs edges of leather uppers to provide smooth base for outsole: Starts machine and moves bottom of lasted shoe against wheel that pounds out puckers on edges of upper. Buffs bottom of lasted shoe on emery wheel to provide smooth surface. May be designated according to area of shoe pounded as Bottom Pounder, Cement Shoes; Heel-Seat Pounder; Toe Pounder.

Should I be a Pounder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Bottom Pounder, Cement Shoes, Heel-Seat Pounder, Rubber and Pounder, Toe Pounder

    How to become a Pounder

    Pounders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pounder-related education!
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