Machinist Salary

A sizeable majority of Machinists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.20 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Machinists can bottom out near $27K or peak near $64K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Machinists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,172 - $78,227
(Median)
$27K
$48K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,528
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$12.21 - $26.18
(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 - $2,442  
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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$27,336 - $63,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $38.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,442  
   
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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$27,336 - $63,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,714
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Mechanical Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $63K annually. It is not unusual for a Machinist to become 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 Co (GE). Machinists flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $55K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $28K at one end to $102K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and lathe. Those proficient in Machine Operation are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints and CNC/NC. Those proficient in Precision Machining are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. Machinists bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Machinists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Buffalo (+7 percent). Rochester is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers pay around 5 percent less in San Diego and 3 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
up arrow 43%

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
up arrow 10%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 698 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
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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