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Machinist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Machinist is $17.87 per hour. A skill in CAD/CAM is associated with high pay for this job.
Machinist Salary (?
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$26,449 - $75,540
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MEDIAN: $46,818
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Machinist Salary (?
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$11.94 - $25.76
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,449 - $75,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,323  
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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$26,315 - $63,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $37.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,323  
   
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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$26,315 - $63,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,805
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Machinist Reviews

What is it like working as a Machinist?
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
$41,000

Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

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Welding
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National Average
$41,000
Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 588 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 20%