Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
392,700 0.9 % $19.97 $41,540 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.84 $15.10 $19.22 $24.01 $29.20
Annual Wage (2) $24,620 $31,410 $39,980 $49,950 $60,740


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 99,530 26.81 $19.02 $39,550
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,500 14.64 $19.66 $40,880
Employment Services 24,760 0.72 $16.49 $34,300
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 19,860 3.72 $21.32 $44,350
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 18,610 3.79 $22.78 $47,380

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 99,530 26.81 $19.02 $39,550
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,500 14.64 $19.66 $40,880
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 8,280 8.41 $21.79 $45,320
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 7,910 7.29 $20.39 $42,410
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 17,230 6.65 $19.83 $41,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $37.70 $78,410
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $34.88 $72,550
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 420 0.11 $34.06 $70,840
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $30.70 $63,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.02 $30.24 $62,890


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)
Texas 34,690 3.09 1.06 $19.85 $41,290
California 34,490 2.28 0.78 $20.29 $42,200
Illinois 30,130 5.23 1.80 $19.09 $39,710
Ohio 27,260 5.24 1.80 $19.79 $41,160
Michigan 26,550 6.52 2.24 $19.32 $40,180



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 26,550 6.52 2.24 $19.32 $40,180
Wisconsin 16,130 5.91 2.04 $19.26 $40,070
Ohio 27,260 5.24 1.80 $19.79 $41,160
Illinois 30,130 5.23 1.80 $19.09 $39,710
Indiana 14,810 5.10 1.75 $19.16 $39,860



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.08 $30.70 $63,860
Hawaii 260 0.42 0.14 $29.47 $61,290
Alaska 330 1.01 0.35 $26.19 $54,470
Delaware 480 1.14 0.39 $25.21 $52,440
New Mexico 900 1.15 0.39 $23.86 $49,640




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 16,680 4.45 1.53 $19.29 $40,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,140 4.62 1.59 $20.57 $42,780
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 9,460 8.27 2.85 $20.18 $41,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,240 2.28 0.78 $17.96 $37,360
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,590 4.16 1.43 $22.61 $47,040
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 6,480 6.39 2.20 $19.06 $39,640
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 6,050 4.08 1.40 $19.89 $41,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,670 6.90 2.37 $20.00 $41,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,920 3.30 1.13 $24.05 $50,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,790 2.14 0.74 $17.38 $36,150