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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4041 Machinists

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. 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. Machinists who primarily program or operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment are classified in "Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators and Programmers" (51-9160).


National estimates for Machinists
Industry profile for Machinists
Geographic profile for Machinists

National estimates for Machinists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Machinists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
360,340 1.2 % $ 22.98 $ 47,800 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Machinists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.06 $ 17.26 $ 22.04 $ 27.85 $ 33.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,240 $ 35,900 $ 45,840 $ 57,930 $ 69,050


Industry profile for Machinists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Machinists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 92,070 26.84 $ 21.97 $ 45,690
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 35,200 4.89 $ 22.66 $ 47,140
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 24,190 14.49 $ 22.32 $ 46,420
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 22,820 5.05 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Employment Services 21,350 0.67 $ 19.56 $ 40,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Machinists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 92,070 26.84 $ 21.97 $ 45,690
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 24,190 14.49 $ 22.32 $ 46,420
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 8,590 9.34 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 1,990 6.18 $ 24.75 $ 51,480
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 22,820 5.05 $ 22.06 $ 45,880

Top paying industries for Machinists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.04 $ 46.38 $ 96,470
Scheduled Air Transportation 380 0.09 $ 42.94 $ 89,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,030 0.02 $ 40.76 $ 84,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 440 0.11 $ 38.03 $ 79,100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,230 1.13 $ 33.74 $ 70,180


Geographic profile for Machinists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Machinists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 34,730 2.11 0.82 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Illinois 28,680 5.10 1.97 $ 21.81 $ 45,370
Texas 26,040 2.15 0.83 $ 23.35 $ 48,570
Ohio 23,740 4.62 1.78 $ 21.79 $ 45,330
Michigan 22,920 5.84 2.25 $ 21.95 $ 45,650




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 18,450 6.32 2.44 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
South Carolina 11,870 5.89 2.27 $ 19.38 $ 40,320
Michigan 22,920 5.84 2.25 $ 21.95 $ 45,650
Connecticut 8,950 5.81 2.24 $ 25.32 $ 52,660
Illinois 28,680 5.10 1.97 $ 21.81 $ 45,370




Top paying states for Machinists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 160 0.52 0.20 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Maryland 2,210 0.88 0.34 $ 28.04 $ 58,320
Delaware 320 0.75 0.29 $ 27.81 $ 57,850
Massachusetts 8,480 2.53 0.98 $ 27.55 $ 57,300
Wyoming 490 1.88 0.72 $ 27.10 $ 56,370





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Machinists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 19,650 4.50 1.74 $ 21.90 $ 45,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 15,220 2.61 1.01 $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,670 3.26 1.26 $ 24.78 $ 51,530
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 9,390 5.28 2.04 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,660 4.14 1.60 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,620 0.75 0.29 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,150 1.72 0.66 $ 22.17 $ 46,110
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,580 2.85 1.10 $ 28.36 $ 58,990
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 5,550 5.65 2.18 $ 20.93 $ 43,530
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,230 5.09 1.96 $ 24.57 $ 51,110




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Machinists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rockford, IL 2,630 19.56 7.55 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
Jackson, MI 900 19.42 7.50 $ 19.78 $ 41,140
Columbus, IN 810 17.31 6.68 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
Monroe, MI 470 13.42 5.18 $ 29.57 $ 61,500
Muskegon, MI 670 12.33 4.76 $ 18.79 $ 39,090
Sumter, SC 440 12.30 4.75 $ 18.38 $ 38,220
Elmira, NY 360 11.35 4.38 $ 22.08 $ 45,920
Carson City, NV 320 11.22 4.33 $ 19.37 $ 40,280
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 4,340 11.10 4.28 $ 20.34 $ 42,300
Morristown, TN 470 10.80 4.17 $ 20.16 $ 41,940