Machinist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Machinists in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.82 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Machinists — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $63K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,011 - $76,869
$30K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,577
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50%
90%

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$12.95 - $26.64
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.83
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$0$76K
Salary $30,011 - $76,869
Bonus $204 - $4,015
Profit Sharing $397 - $6,068
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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$28,874 - $63,363
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 743
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $12.95 - $26.64
Hourly Tips $1.56
Overtime $18.45 - $39.25
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $204 - $4,015
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $397 - $6,068
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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$28,874 - $63,363
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,430

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. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


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.

Machinist Pay By Employer

$0$79K

$46,777

$41,930

$44,293

$51,411

$39,978

Pentair
10 profiles
$38,314

$36,270

GKN Aerospace
8 profiles
$45,905

$31,730

Precision
7 profiles
$45,102

Common Career Paths for Machinist


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At the upper end, Machinists who move into a Mechanical Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Mechanical Engineers is a much higher $64K per year. Becoming a Machinist Set Up Operator or a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer is a common transition from a Machinist role.

Machinist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Machinist


Machinists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Precision Measurement, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and set up. Those educated in Machine Operation tend to be well versed in 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: $42,658

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Machinists, 22 percent above the national average. Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), and Milwaukee (+7 percent). Dayton is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Tulsa (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Machinist?

Machinist in Franklin:
"Rewarding Work."
Pros: Good work environment. Easy to get along. Little overtime required. Great benefits.
Cons: Lacking good management. Micromanaged. Voice not really heard.

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.

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Key Stats for Machinist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1276 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%

Experience Affects Machinist Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$43,000

▼2%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Machinist Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲19%

CNC
▲13%

▲12%

Setup
▲7%


Welding
▲5%

▲3%



▼0%

National Average
$43,000

CNC/NC
▼1%


set up
▼4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1276 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 19%