Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
399,040 0.9 % $20.25 $42,120 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.13 $15.38 $19.49 $24.40 $29.47
Annual Wage (2) $25,230 $31,990 $40,550 $50,750 $61,290


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 102,710 27.40 $19.40 $40,350
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,970 14.73 $19.84 $41,270
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,810 3.89 $20.84 $43,340
Employment Services 21,700 0.61 $17.10 $35,560
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 18,730 3.84 $23.02 $47,870

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 102,710 27.40 $19.40 $40,350
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,970 14.73 $19.84 $41,270
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 9,680 9.64 $22.41 $46,610
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 8,450 7.56 $20.77 $43,190
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,770 7.18 $19.22 $39,970

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 $39.30 $81,750
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,050 0.02 $33.51 $69,710
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $32.61 $67,820
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 510 0.13 $31.48 $65,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $29.71 $61,790


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 33,810 2.18 0.75 $20.79 $43,240
Texas 33,440 2.89 1.00 $19.95 $41,500
Illinois 32,040 5.48 1.89 $18.85 $39,210
Ohio 28,800 5.45 1.88 $19.91 $41,400
Michigan 28,200 6.80 2.35 $19.86 $41,300



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 28,200 6.80 2.35 $19.86 $41,300
Illinois 32,040 5.48 1.89 $18.85 $39,210
Wisconsin 15,110 5.45 1.88 $19.91 $41,420
Ohio 28,800 5.45 1.88 $19.91 $41,400
Indiana 15,090 5.12 1.77 $19.29 $40,130



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 0.22 0.07 $30.28 $62,980
Hawaii 250 0.40 0.14 $27.60 $57,400
Delaware 510 1.18 0.41 $24.93 $51,860
Alaska 250 0.75 0.26 $24.71 $51,400
New Mexico 740 0.92 0.32 $24.36 $50,670




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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 17,500 4.90 1.69 $19.14 $39,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,150 4.49 1.55 $20.69 $43,040
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 10,400 8.86 3.06 $19.92 $41,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,270 2.26 0.78 $18.34 $38,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,770 4.13 1.43 $23.15 $48,160
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 6,910 6.77 2.34 $19.09 $39,700
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,720 6.88 2.38 $20.20 $42,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,640 3.67 1.27 $24.60 $51,180
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,310 5.17 1.79 $21.14 $43,970
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,310 3.48 1.20 $19.98 $41,560