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Machinist Salary

Male Machinists number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.14 per hour in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Machinists spread between $27K and $64K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Machinists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,156 - $77,829
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$78K
MEDIAN: $47,344
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$12.15 - $26.17
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,156 - $77,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,418  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,894  
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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$27,118 - $63,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $26.17  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $38.70  
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 - $2,418  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,894  
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).
)
$27,118 - $63,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,490
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineer. The average Mechanical Engineer brings home $63K per year. 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


The Boeing Company, Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas are among the top companies that take on many Machinists. For Machinists, comfortable salaries can be found at The Boeing Company; in fact, average earnings are around $54K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($28K versus $101K) is great.

Offering a median of only $38K, Caterpillar, Inc. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $24K on the lower end and $72K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey takers working as Machinists report using a large range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Tungsten Inert Gas Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 46 percent above average. Machinist and CAD/CAM are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 46 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Metal Inert Gas Welding and Precision Measurement. Those familiar with Machine Operation also tend to 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. 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 see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Machinists, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Cincinnati (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Rochester, 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (8 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (7 percent lower).

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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Grinding Tools
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Precision Measurement
up arrow 7%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 694 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
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%
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