Median pay for Entry-Level Machinists lies in the neighborhood of $15.20 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Machinists bottoms out near $25K and approaches $48K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Machinists. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,139 - $50,733
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,373
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90%

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$11.34 - $20.28
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,139 - $50,733  
   
Bonus
$291.16 - $2,084  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $4,913  
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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$24,898 - $48,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $20.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$16.38 - $30.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$291.16 - $2,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $4,913  
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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$24,898 - $48,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,464

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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Entry-Level Machinists in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+19 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Salt Lake City (+3 percent). Rochester ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Dayton and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

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Precision Measurement
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Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Common Health Benefits

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