Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-4041 Machinists

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes 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, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
391,130 0.9 % $19.72 $41,020 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.68 $14.94 $19.03 $23.69 $28.88
Annual Wage (2) $24,280 $31,080 $39,570 $49,270 $60,070


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 100,300 27.39 $18.85 $39,200
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,780 14.96 $19.44 $40,430
Employment Services 24,850 0.76 $16.05 $33,380
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,150 4.20 $20.77 $43,210
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 19,120 3.80 $22.28 $46,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 100,300 27.39 $18.85 $39,200
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,780 14.96 $19.44 $40,430
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 7,390 7.46 $21.54 $44,800
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 7,360 6.92 $19.70 $40,970
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 16,460 6.46 $19.70 $40,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $36.87 $76,690
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 490 0.13 $33.46 $69,600
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $33.35 $69,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,270 0.02 $30.48 $63,400
Amusement Parks and Arcades 60 0.03 $30.08 $62,560


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 34,000 2.31 0.78 $20.00 $41,610
Texas 33,480 3.07 1.04 $19.28 $40,100
Ohio 28,100 5.48 1.86 $19.05 $39,610
Michigan 27,570 6.89 2.34 $19.76 $41,110
Illinois 27,400 4.80 1.63 $19.52 $40,600




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 27,570 6.89 2.34 $19.76 $41,110
Wisconsin 16,130 5.96 2.02 $19.64 $40,850
Ohio 28,100 5.48 1.86 $19.05 $39,610
Connecticut 8,810 5.39 1.83 $21.14 $43,970
Illinois 27,400 4.80 1.63 $19.52 $40,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 250 0.42 0.14 $31.46 $65,430
District of Columbia 180 0.27 0.09 $31.39 $65,300
Alaska 280 0.85 0.29 $27.89 $58,010
Delaware 540 1.30 0.44 $25.97 $54,010
Washington 6,740 2.39 0.81 $23.30 $48,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 14,260 3.85 1.31 $20.12 $41,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,240 4.80 1.63 $20.42 $42,480
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 9,910 8.92 3.02 $20.32 $42,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,270 2.33 0.79 $18.29 $38,040
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,680 4.28 1.45 $21.93 $45,620
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 6,610 6.54 2.22 $18.80 $39,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,170 4.25 1.44 $19.11 $39,750
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,380 6.61 2.24 $20.60 $42,850
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 5,190 5.22 1.77 $20.36 $42,350
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 4,520 8.09 2.74 $21.08 $43,850