Entry-Level Machinist Salary

For Entry-Level Machinists, hourly average wages total $15.36 per hour. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Machinists varies from around $25K to approximately $49K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. Most Entry-Level Machinists report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,754 - $50,448
$25K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,635
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$11.60 - $20.40
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MEDIAN: $15.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,754 - $50,448  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $2,902  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $4,980  
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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$25,142 - $48,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $20.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$16.58 - $30.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$242.40 - $2,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $4,980  
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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$25,142 - $48,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,909

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,759

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Entry-Level Machinists will find that Everett offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Entry-Level Machinists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+21 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Dayton (15 percent lower).

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 321 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Machine Learning
▲15%

Machinist
▲9%


Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
▲5%

▲3%


▲2%

CAD/CAM
▲2%

Precision Measurement
▲2%

National Average
$35,000

Machine Operation
▼1%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼1%

Grinding Tools
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 321 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 24%
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