Men make up the majority of Machinists in the United States, bringing in about $18.65 per hour. Total cash earnings of Machinists range from $28K on the low end to $62K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $7K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by tenure and location. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Machinists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,311 - $71,673
$30K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,212
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$12.81 - $26.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,311 - $71,673  
   
Bonus
$387.83 - $4,076  
Profit Sharing
$408.05 - $6,831  
Total Pay (?
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$28,407 - $62,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $26.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$18.24 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$387.83 - $4,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.05 - $6,831  
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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$28,407 - $62,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,463

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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

  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Machinist


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Machinists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineer. The average Mechanical Engineer brings home $64K per year. It is not uncommon for a Machinist to continue on to become a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Machinists include Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., General Electric Co (GE), Flowserve Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp. GKN Aerospace offers the largest salaries in town — $58K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider RMS Company, The Boeing Company, and Lisi Aerospace, top-paying firms where Machinists rake in a comfortable $54K, $51K, or $49K, respectively.

General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, National Oilwell Varco, and Parker Hannifin Corp are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($38K, $40K, and $40K respectively).

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Machinist, CNC, and Setup are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Precision Measurement and Metal Inert Gas Welding. Most people who know Machine Operation also know CNC/NC and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

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


For many Machinists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Machinists see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,126

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Machinists will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), and Indianapolis (+7 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Dayton is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Cleveland (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Machinist?

Machinist in Bloomfield:
"The Good The Bad, and The Pay of a Machinist."
Pros: The one thing that I like most about my job is doing what I do and be able to do it.
Cons: The least thing that I like about my job is the lack of understanding from our supervisors.

Machinist in Jacksonville:
"Repetitive and physically tiring."
Pros: I have a set schedule and know that I will have 40 hours a week paid.
Cons: I'm not paid enough for the work I put out compared to others.

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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Key Stats for Machinist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 691 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Machinist Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 16%

Machinist
up arrow 12%

CNC
up arrow 12%


Setup
up arrow 8%


Welding
up arrow 5%

up arrow 4%



CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$42,000


set up
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Precision Measurement
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 691 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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