Men make up the majority of Machinists in the United States, bringing in about $18.56 per hour. Final cash compensation to Machinists varies from around $28K to approximately $62K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,491 - $70,860
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$30K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,650
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$12.76 - $26.39
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$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,491 - $70,860  
   
Bonus
$350.47 - $4,385  
Profit Sharing
$427.91 - $5,096  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$28,278 - $62,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $26.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$18.33 - $38.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$350.47 - $4,385  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$427.91 - $5,096  
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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$28,278 - $62,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,355
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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 $64K per year. A Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a typical transition from a Machinist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Precision Machine Inc, General Electric Co (GE), Caterpillar, Inc., Flowserve Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Machinists. RMS Company offers the largest salaries in town — $56K on average. Soaring salaries can also be found at The Boeing Company, Lisi Aerospace, and Flowserve Corporation, where earnings of $52K, $49K, or $49K are standard for Machinists.

General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Parker Hannifin Corp, and National Oilwell Varco also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $38K, $39K, and $40K.

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Machinist, and CNC are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Grinding Tools, Precision Measurement, and Metal Inert Gas Welding. Most people skilled in Machine Operation are similarly competent in CNC/NC and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Machinists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $42,025

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Machinists, 37 percent above the national average. Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), St. Louis (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Machinists in Dayton report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Wichita (10 percent lower) and Tulsa (7 percent lower).

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

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 20%

Machinist
up arrow 14%


CNC
up arrow 9%


Setup
up arrow 7%

Welding
up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$42,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 5%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 8%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 657 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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