Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
378,320 0.9 % $21.23 $44,160 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.71 $16.06 $20.48 $25.74 $30.67
Annual Wage (2) $26,430 $33,410 $42,600 $53,540 $63,790


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 98,490 28.27 $20.49 $42,620
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 38,100 5.46 $21.52 $44,770
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,800 14.98 $21.14 $43,980
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 23,370 5.04 $20.30 $42,220
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 21,660 3.68 $20.89 $43,440

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 98,490 28.27 $20.49 $42,620
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 26,800 14.98 $21.14 $43,980
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 9,790 10.56 $22.27 $46,330
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 38,100 5.46 $21.52 $44,770
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 23,370 5.04 $20.30 $42,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $41.56 $86,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 980 0.02 $37.25 $77,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 630 0.16 $33.43 $69,530
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging (8) (8) $33.18 $69,010
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 1,200 1.06 $30.46 $63,350


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 34,890 2.09 0.79 $22.09 $45,940
Illinois 31,790 5.36 2.02 $19.37 $40,290
Ohio 27,710 5.16 1.94 $20.65 $42,950
Michigan 26,970 6.31 2.38 $19.95 $41,500
Texas 23,760 2.00 0.75 $21.74 $45,220




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 26,970 6.31 2.38 $19.95 $41,500
South Carolina 12,520 6.23 2.35 $19.12 $39,780
Indiana 17,170 5.69 2.14 $20.43 $42,500
Illinois 31,790 5.36 2.02 $19.37 $40,290
Ohio 27,710 5.16 1.94 $20.65 $42,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 170 0.53 0.20 $31.84 $66,230
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.08 $31.53 $65,580
Hawaii 240 0.38 0.14 $30.60 $63,650
Delaware 340 0.77 0.29 $25.49 $53,010
New Mexico 800 1.00 0.38 $25.04 $52,070



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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 18,160 4.96 1.87 $19.60 $40,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,930 2.47 0.93 $20.28 $42,190
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 9,830 7.98 3.01 $21.14 $43,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,080 3.10 1.17 $22.75 $47,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,130 4.21 1.58 $24.22 $50,370
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 6,460 16.09 6.06 $18.59 $38,680
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 6,220 6.04 2.28 $19.93 $41,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,210 3.77 1.42 $25.63 $53,320
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,360 3.32 1.25 $22.24 $46,250
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,200 6.17 2.33 $20.59 $42,820


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rockford, IL 2,770 19.28 7.27 $19.00 $39,520
Muskegon, MI 990 16.11 6.07 $15.02 $31,240
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 6,460 16.09 6.06 $18.59 $38,680
Sumter, SC 530 14.31 5.39 $17.48 $36,360
Jackson, MI 850 14.30 5.39 $18.56 $38,610
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 3,110 12.34 4.65 $16.77 $34,890
Toledo, OH 3,000 10.10 3.81 $24.43 $50,810
Fort Wayne, IN 2,000 9.36 3.53 $21.72 $45,180
Elmira, NY 320 9.22 3.47 $22.00 $45,760
Lima, OH 450 9.02 3.40 $22.80 $47,420