Machinist Salary

Men account for the majority of Machinists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.10 per hour. Total cash compensation to Machinists approaches anywhere from $27K on the lower end to $64K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Machinists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,825 - $78,059
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,462
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$12.08 - $26.15
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$26,825 - $78,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,427  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,848  
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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$26,971 - $63,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $26.15  
   
Overtime
$17.29 - $38.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,427  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,848  
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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$26,971 - $63,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,276

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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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Machinists who go on to become Mechanical Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Mechanical Engineers is $62K annually. A Machinist may also move into a role as a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Machinists fill the offices of leading firms The Boeing Company, Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Boeing Company — the median salary there is $54K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $28K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $101K.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Machinists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent, 21 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Precision Measurement. Most people experienced in Machine Operation also know Blueprints and CNC/NC. Most people who know Precision Machining 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.


Machinists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Machinists see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Machinists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Machinists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Cleveland (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower and 7 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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Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Machinist
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Welding
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Setup
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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National Average
$42,000

Machine Operation
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Precision Measurement
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 684 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%