Machinist Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Machinists earn an average of $18.19 per hour. Total cash compensation for Machinists runs from $27K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,172 - $78,227
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,395
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$12.20 - $26.20
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$27,172 - $78,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,443  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,294 - $63,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $26.20  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $38.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,294 - $63,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,660
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Job Description for Machinist

Machinists make parts and sometimes their own tools in order to build or create larger things. Machinists are often in a factory or manufacturing setting, but not always. Manufacturing experience is important. The Machinist must be capable of working with a variety of tools in sometimes inhospitable conditions. Tools of the trade may include hand tools, cutting tools, measuring tools and machine tools. Machinists must be capable of making their own tools and parts. They also need to be experienced in working with different types of materials including plastics and metals. Welding experience is usually helpful. Machinists need to be able to read and interpret blueprints and drawings. They must communicate effectively orally and in writing. They must also be able to use math to perform calculations and be able to use measuring tools. Positions often require machinists to be able stand for long hours in sometimes cramped conditions. Most of the time, machinists will work on machines in factories. They are responsible for inspecting machinery for any needed repairs, documenting them and making any necessary minor repairs. Machinists must maintain standards of safety in the work environment including wearing any necessary safety gear including harnesses, hard hats and eye protection. Quality assurance is also important in maintaining standards of the company. Machinists must work with other people in their area to maintain safety and productivity. High school graduation and some related job experience are often required.


Machinist Tasks

  • Measure, examine, and test completed units to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining and adjust machine controls as necessary.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.

Common Career Paths for Machinist


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As Machinists transition into upper-level roles such as Mechanical Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Mechanical Engineers earn $63K on average per year. Becoming a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a common transition from a Machinist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


The Boeing Company, Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corp, and General Electric Co (GE) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Machinists. Although The Boeing Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $55K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $28K or as much as $102K.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Machinist, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and lathe. It is often found that people who know Precision Machining are also skilled in CNC/NC and Blueprints. For most people, competency in Machine Operation indicates knowledge of Blueprints and CNC/NC.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Machinists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. On average, Machinists make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Machinists that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Buffalo (+7 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Pittsburgh (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Reviews

What is it like working as a Machinist?

Machinist in St. Louis:
"Tedious work."
Pros: I get to have good set hours. Also I enjoy setting up a new job and seeing the end result.
Cons: Sometimes the repetitiveness gets old. And at my current job the parts we make can be very small.

Machinist in Scottdale:
"Harder Than It Looks."
Pros: The great people I work with daily.
Cons: The heat, lack of recognition, rate of pay, style of paying vacation, childlike way management treats you, lack of reward, lack of safety standards, stress level.

Machinist in Mukilteo:
"Working As A Machinist Is Awesome! I Love It."
Pros: It keeps you on your toes! Its a very challenging job and requires your focus, even after you've done it for years.
Cons: I hate sample plans, and always getting cut up from metal chips and burrs.

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Experience Affects Machinist Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Machinist
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Setup
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Welding
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$42,000

Machine Operation
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Precision Measurement
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lathe
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 699 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 19%
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