Average Machinist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Machinist is $19.27.
MEDIAN $19.27
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $27
$288 - $4,071
Profit Sharing
$388 - $5,804
$750 - $16,470
Total Pay
$29,285 - $63,228

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Job Description for Machinist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Machinist are from the companies General Electric Co (GE), Caterpillar, Inc. and The Boeing Company. Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $24.77. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Flowserve Corporation and Parker Hannifin Corp, earning around $21.87 and $21.76, respectively. Tecomet pays the lowest at around $17.94. Caterpillar, Inc. and The Boeing Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $20.34 and $20.47, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Machinist

Skills in Precision Machining and Machine Programming, Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Blueprints, CNC/NC and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist

An entry-level Machinist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.07 based on 916 salaries. An early career Machinist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.94 based on 3,015 salaries. A mid-career Machinist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.11 based on 2,142 salaries. An experienced Machinist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.09 based on 2,091 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Machinist in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 24.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Minneapolis, Minnesota (16.3% more) and Houston, Texas (11.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (3.8% less), Wichita, Kansas (1.4% less) and Portland, Oregon (0.3% less).

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