|Quick Facts: Machinists and Tool and Die Makers|
$47,040 per year
$22.62 per hour
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|Long-term on-the-job training|
|7% (As fast as average)|
Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.
Machinists and tool and die makers work in machine shops, toolrooms, and factories. Although many work full time during regular business hours, overtime may be common, as is evening and weekend work.
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. Although machinists typically need just a high school diploma, tool and die makers may need to complete courses beyond high school.
The median annual wage for machinists was $45,840 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for tool and die makers was $54,760 in May 2020.
Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 47,500 openings for machinists and tool and die makers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many 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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