Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-4041 Machinists

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Include precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
380,720 1.1 % $18.72 $38,940 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.34 $14.27 $18.10 $22.60 $27.52
Annual Wage (2) $23,580 $29,690 $37,650 $47,010 $57,250


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 89,050 $17.86 $37,150
Employment Services 25,150 $15.71 $32,680
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 21,860 $20.73 $43,110
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 21,480 $18.78 $39,060
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 19,530 $19.09 $39,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 220 $33.94 $70,600
Elementary and Secondary Schools 70 $30.58 $63,610
Metal Ore Mining 50 $26.51 $55,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 820 $26.17 $54,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 730 $25.91 $53,890


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wisconsin 15,920 $19.31 $40,170 5.920
Ohio 29,360 $17.88 $37,200 5.767
Michigan 20,950 $19.80 $41,180 5.380
Connecticut 8,540 $19.77 $41,120 5.182
Indiana 13,900 $18.61 $38,700 4.986

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 250 $26.57 $55,270 0.392
Hawaii 360 $25.22 $52,460 0.617
Washington 5,090 $22.83 $47,480 1.823
Maryland 2,890 $22.54 $46,880 1.154
Alaska 290 $22.45 $46,700 0.939


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Rockford, IL 2,850 $16.61 $34,560 19.812
Fond du Lac, WI 660 (8) (8) 15.334
Odessa, TX 830 $17.51 $36,420 13.706
Anniston-Oxford, AL 530 $19.14 $39,810 11.491
Jackson, MI 590 $18.15 $37,750 11.140

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Ann Arbor, MI 1,100 $27.66 $57,530 5.786
Fairbanks, AK 60 $27.63 $57,480 1.797
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 220 $26.97 $56,110 2.676
Boulder, CO 290 $26.26 $54,630 1.861
Lewiston, ID-WA 80 $25.85 $53,760 3.144


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010