Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
391,120 0.9 % $20.78 $43,220 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.45 $15.72 $20.05 $25.09 $30.09
Annual Wage (2) $25,900 $32,710 $41,700 $52,190 $62,590


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 100,820 28.29 $19.98 $41,560
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 27,400 15.11 $20.51 $42,660
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 19,810 3.42 $20.78 $43,230
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 19,270 7.33 $21.21 $44,110
Employment Services 18,770 0.52 $17.74 $36,900

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 100,820 28.29 $19.98 $41,560
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 27,400 15.11 $20.51 $42,660
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 11,520 11.64 $22.06 $45,880
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 2,770 7.51 $20.74 $43,150
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 8,490 7.50 $20.76 $43,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $38.93 $80,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,050 0.02 $34.85 $72,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 490 0.13 $32.34 $67,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $30.98 $64,430
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.13 $30.47 $63,380


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 34,860 2.18 0.78 $21.57 $44,870
Illinois 33,940 5.75 2.06 $18.99 $39,500
Ohio 27,560 5.16 1.85 $20.48 $42,590
Michigan 26,540 6.30 2.26 $19.79 $41,150
Texas 26,450 2.25 0.81 $21.09 $43,870




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 26,540 6.30 2.26 $19.79 $41,150
Indiana 17,420 5.83 2.09 $19.52 $40,610
Illinois 33,940 5.75 2.06 $18.99 $39,500
South Carolina 10,910 5.51 1.98 $19.56 $40,690
Wisconsin 15,210 5.42 1.95 $20.10 $41,810




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 140 0.20 0.07 $30.78 $64,030
Alaska 220 0.68 0.24 $29.08 $60,480
Hawaii 260 0.41 0.15 $27.77 $57,770
Delaware 420 0.96 0.34 $24.87 $51,720
Washington 9,970 3.25 1.17 $24.30 $50,550





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 19,910 5.47 1.96 $19.09 $39,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,160 2.64 0.95 $18.97 $39,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,980 3.40 1.22 $22.12 $46,010
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 8,960 7.43 2.67 $20.66 $42,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,660 4.54 1.63 $23.59 $49,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,070 3.82 1.37 $25.38 $52,800
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 6,010 7.15 2.57 $20.14 $41,890
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 5,890 5.73 2.06 $19.41 $40,370
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,100 3.26 1.17 $21.73 $45,190
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 4,990 12.59 4.52 $19.99 $41,570