$48,534
Avg. Salary
$19.10
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,040

Bonus

$1,983

Profit Sharing

$7,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Machinist is $19.10 per hour.

The average pay for a Machinist is $48,534 per year.

$13.12
10%
$19.10
50%
$26.87
90%
MEDIAN $19.10
$30k
10%
$49k
50%
$74k
90%
MEDIAN $48,534
$30,074 - $74,141
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$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,534
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$13.12 - $26.87
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$0$74K
Salary $30,074 - $74,141
Bonus $295 - $4,019
Profit Sharing $401 - $5,335
Commission $7,000
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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$28,984 - $62,926
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 747
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.12 - $26.87
Hourly Tips $1.56
Overtime $18.60 - $39.03
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $295 - $4,019
Commission $7,000
Profit Sharing $401 - $5,335
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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$28,984 - $62,926
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,643

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 2019 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Machinist


Precision Machine Inc, Caterpillar, Inc., General Electric Co (GE), Flowserve Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Machinists. GKN Aerospace leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $58K. Machinists can also look forward to large paychecks at RMS Company ($54K), The Boeing Company ($51K), and Lisi Aerospace ($49K).

General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, National Oilwell Varco, and Parker Hannifin Corp also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $38K, $40K, and $40K-paychecks on average.

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: $42,734

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 Scottdale:
"Harder Than It Looks."
Pros: The great people I work with daily.
Cons: The heat, lack of recognition, rate of pay, style of paying vacation, childlike way management treats you, lack of reward, lack of safety standards, stress level.

Machinist in Neenah:
"Minimal supevision."
Pros: Laid back.
Cons: Management's lack of organization and its employees do not get a reasonable wage.

Machinist in Houston:
"More CNC."
Get all the education u can get in math and take CNC education.

Machinist in Mukilteo:
"Working As A Machinist Is Awesome! I Love It."
Pros: It keeps you on your toes! Its a very challenging job and requires your focus, even after you've done it for years.
Cons: I hate sample plans, and always getting cut up from metal chips and burrs.

Machinist in Jacobus:
Pick another profesion.

Machinist in New Albany:
"Machinist."
Pros: I like the people and the opportunity to go places within the company.
Cons: I don't like that we have to wear shirts that identifies us by how long we have worked there. And that the pay is as low as it is.

Machinist in Baton Rouge:
"Management is not your friend."
Do the best you can and research before you take the job.

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Key Stats for Machinist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1471 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
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
▲18%

CNC
▲13%

▲12%

Setup
▲7%


Welding
▲5%


▲2%


▼0%

National Average
$43,000

CNC/NC
▼1%


set up
▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1471 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 20%