Entry-Level Machinists pull down an average of $15.29 per hour. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Machinists runs from $25K to $48K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Machinists. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,518 - $50,372
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$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,055
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$11.44 - $20.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,518 - $50,372  
   
Bonus
$291.96 - $2,394  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $4,966  
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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$24,961 - $48,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $20.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$16.44 - $30.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$291.96 - $2,394  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $4,966  
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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$24,961 - $48,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,861

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,571

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For Entry-Level Machinists, Everett provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Colorado Springs is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Rochester (16 percent less) and Portland (15 percent less).

Machinist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Machinist in Charleston:
"There isn't a set pay rate per position."
Don't sell yourself short starting out demand the top dollar you can get to start with because it's unlikely your employer if they're like mine will reward you accordingly. We don't even have a yearly review you just get a raise or you don't it may be 50 cents it may be $2.00 an hour it may be nothing!

Machinist in Statesville:
"To be more fluid with speeds and feeds."
Notes.... Write yourself notes about how metal responds the different things.

Machinist in Verona:
Listen and learn from the people that have been there working for a while. School does not mean you know best.

Machinist in Phoenix:
"You need to self manage , as well as multi manage."
Document everything you do throughout your entire career .

Machinist in Newport News:
Get your money up front or you may never get paid what you are worth. Stay away from unions, they are just bad for everything and don't look out for everyone and protect the lazy.

Machinist in Elkhart:
Learn what you can when you can! You'll learn new things everyday keep an open mind to how other people do things to create your own style of machining. Best way to start into machining is from manual machines. Get comfortable with tooling and knowing how it feels to actually cut metal.

Machinist in St. Louis:
"Take Your Time, Have Patience."
Learn all you can about new tools and technologies to make your job easier to achieve. Have patience running older worn out equipment. Get on the old timers good side and be a team player.

Key Stats for Machinist

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 290 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Machinist
up arrow 11%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
up arrow 5%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 5%

up arrow 3%


CAD/CAM
up arrow 3%

Precision Measurement
up arrow 3%


Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$35,000

Grinding Tools
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 290 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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