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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
384,350 1.0 % $21.75 $45,250 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.01 $16.41 $20.97 $26.36 $31.43
Annual Wage (2) $27,050 $34,130 $43,630 $54,830 $65,360


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 99,400 27.78 $20.97 $43,620
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 39,160 5.38 $22.07 $45,910
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 27,110 15.00 $21.51 $44,750
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 22,100 4.66 $21.09 $43,860
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,160 3.53 $20.55 $42,730

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 99,400 27.78 $20.97 $43,620
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 27,110 15.00 $21.51 $44,750
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 9,730 10.26 $21.74 $45,230
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 39,160 5.38 $22.07 $45,910
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 22,100 4.66 $21.09 $43,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $45.07 $93,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,080 0.02 $39.48 $82,110
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.15 $36.52 $75,960
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging (8) (8) $32.53 $67,660
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,300 1.16 $31.53 $65,590


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 36,530 2.15 0.81 $22.81 $47,450
Illinois 31,000 5.17 1.95 $19.88 $41,350
Michigan 27,020 6.26 2.36 $20.14 $41,880
Ohio 26,250 4.85 1.83 $20.63 $42,910
Texas 26,050 2.15 0.81 $22.52 $46,850




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 27,020 6.26 2.36 $20.14 $41,880
South Carolina 12,480 6.05 2.28 $18.56 $38,610
Indiana 18,390 6.03 2.27 $21.21 $44,110
Illinois 31,000 5.17 1.95 $19.88 $41,350
Ohio 26,250 4.85 1.83 $20.63 $42,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 240 0.38 0.14 $32.13 $66,840
Alaska 160 0.51 0.19 $30.88 $64,220
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.07 $30.26 $62,950
Delaware 340 0.75 0.28 $26.54 $55,210
New Mexico 860 1.06 0.40 $25.93 $53,930





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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 24,180 5.21 1.96 $19.77 $41,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,510 2.70 1.02 $22.00 $45,770
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 12,480 6.33 2.38 $21.03 $43,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,480 3.52 1.32 $24.14 $50,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,240 4.72 1.78 $24.81 $51,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,160 0.75 0.28 $23.76 $49,420
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 6,750 3.40 1.28 $26.32 $54,750
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 6,020 14.56 5.48 $17.71 $36,840
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 5,740 5.54 2.09 $19.36 $40,270
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 5,220 4.87 1.83 $24.27 $50,480