|Quick Facts: Machinists and Tool and Die Makers|
$43,160 per year
$20.75 per hour
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|Long-term on-the-job training|
|1% (Little or no change)|
Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled 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 $41,700 in May 2016.
The median annual wage for tool and die makers was $51,060 in May 2016.
Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Job opportunities for these workers should be good because of the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation.
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