Machinist Salary

Men account for the majority of Machinists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.34 per hour. Total cash compensation for Machinists runs from $28K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. While tenure and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,199 - $75,588
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,277
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$12.40 - $26.46
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$18
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,199 - $75,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,563  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,932  
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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$27,912 - $63,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $26.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$17.92 - $38.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,563  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $4,932  
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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$27,912 - $63,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,798
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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 $63K annually. Becoming a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is often the next step for a Machinist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Many Machinists can be found at Caterpillar, Inc., Precision Machine Inc, The Boeing Company, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Fastenal Company, firms that are at the top of the field. RMS Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $57K. Other big spenders include The Boeing Company, Precision Machine Inc, and General Electric Co (GE), top-paying firms where Machinists see paychecks nearing $52K, $47K, or $47K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pentair ($37K), General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas ($38K), and Caterpillar, Inc. ($40K).

Popular Skills for Machinist


Machinists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Machinist, Manufacturing Fabrication, CAD/CAM, and Machine Programming, Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Metal Inert Gas Welding, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Precision Measurement. 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.


Machinists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Machinists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,191

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Home to some of the best pay for Machinists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent), Houston (+16 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Dayton is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Workers in Rochester and Tulsa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Machinist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Machinist Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Machinist
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Manufacturing Fabrication
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Welding
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Precision Machining
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CNC/NC
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Blueprints
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National Average
$42,000

Setup
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Machine Operation
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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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lathe
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Precision Measurement
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 11%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 841 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

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