Machinist Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Machinists earn an average of $18.83 per hour. In the world of Machinists, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $63K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by years of experience and geographic location. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The majority of Machinists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,709 - $72,339
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$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,495
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$12.94 - $26.56
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$0$72K
Salary $30,709 - $72,339
Bonus $390.22 - $4,093
Profit Sharing $396.41 - $6,904
Commission $7,000
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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$28,794 - $62,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 412
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.94 - $26.56
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $18.24 - $38.82
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $390.22 - $4,093
Commission $7,000
Profit Sharing $396.41 - $6,904
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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$28,794 - $62,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,401

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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

  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Machinist


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For Machinists, progressing to a Mechanical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Mechanical Engineer can earn $64K annually. A Machinist often moves on to become a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Machinists include Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., General Electric Co (GE), Flowserve Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp. The biggest paychecks can be found at GKN Aerospace — the median salary there is $58K. Other big spenders include RMS Company, The Boeing Company, and Lisi Aerospace, top-paying firms where Machinists see paychecks nearing $54K, $51K, or $49K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas ($38K), National Oilwell Varco ($40K), and Parker Hannifin Corp ($40K).

Popular Skills for Machinist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, CNC, Machinist, and Setup are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Precision Measurement, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and set up. Most people familiar with Machine Operation also know CNC/NC and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

Pay by Experience for a Machinist has a positive trend. An entry-level Machinist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,935 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Machinist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 1,266 salaries. An experienced Machinist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,322 salaries. A Machinist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 1,284 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,488

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Machinists in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), and Milwaukee (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dayton. Cleveland and Tulsa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Machinist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Machinist?

Machinist in Fort Worth:
"How much money a machinst make."
Pros: Finishing a job and working with people.
Cons: Company needs to up grade tools and machines.

Machinist in Atlanta:
"Good."
Pros: Everything about my job is outstanding.
Cons: Mostly just certain people that don't do there job.

Machinist in Mansfield:
"Machining."
Pros: Rewarding, fun, you can do it your way, you can make anything you want.
Cons: Low pay.

Machinist in Colorado Springs:
Pros: Manipulating machines and metal at ten thousandth of an inch increments.
Cons: Engineers.

Machinist in Starke:
"Great."
Pros: Being able to learn the machine.
Cons: The pay.

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.

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Key Stats for Machinist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 821 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Machinist Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲19%

CNC
▲14%

▲13%


Setup
▲7%

Welding
▲6%

▲3%



▲1%

CNC/NC
▼0%

National Average
$42,000


set up
▼4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 821 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 19%
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