|Quick Facts: Machinists and Tool and Die Makers|
$47,940 per year
$23.05 per hour
|See How to Become One|
|Long-term on-the-job training|
|1% (Little or no change)|
What Machinists and Tool and Die Makers Do
Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate equipment to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.
Machinists and tool and die makers work in machine shops and factories. Many work full time during regular business hours. However, working overtime, as well as nights and weekends, may be common.
How to Become a Machinist or Tool and Die Maker
Although machinists typically need a high school diploma to enter the occupation, tool and die makers also may need to complete postsecondary courses. Machinists and tool and die makers typically are trained on the job. Some learn through training or apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community and technical colleges.
The median annual wage for machinists was $47,730 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for tool and die makers was $57,000 in May 2021.
Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to show little or no change from 2021 to 2031.
Despite limited employment growth, about 44,100 openings for machinists and tool and die makers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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