Machinist Salary

Men make up the majority of Machinists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.22 per hour. Cash earnings for Machinists — including $2K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $63K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,252 - $74,072

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$12.25 - $26.16

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,252 - $74,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,409  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,578  
Total Pay (?
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$27,436 - $63,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $26.16  
   
Overtime
$17.64 - $38.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,409  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,578  
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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$27,436 - $63,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,781
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Mechanical Engineer, where median compensation is $63K annually. Becoming a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a common transition from a Machinist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Machinists include The Boeing Company, Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., Parker Hannifin Corp, and General Electric Co (GE). The Boeing Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $53K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $28K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $86K.

Caterpillar, Inc. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $38K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $24K to $71K.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey results imply that Machinists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 39 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and lathe. Those educated in Machine Operation tend to be well versed in Blueprints and CNC/NC. It is often found that people who know Precision Machining are 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Machinists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Machinists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Buffalo (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Rochester is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Pittsburgh (4 percent lower and 3 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
up arrow 39%

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
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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 695 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
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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