Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
352,650 1.1 % $19.13 $39,780 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.59 $14.73 $18.52 $22.90 $27.91
Annual Wage (2) $24,100 $30,630 $38,520 $47,620 $58,060


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 82,670 27.33 $18.39 $38,260
Employment Services 23,610 0.89 $16.27 $33,840
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 21,830 4.54 $21.07 $43,830
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 20,210 4.91 $19.28 $40,110
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 20,060 13.15 $19.02 $39,560

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 82,670 27.33 $18.39 $38,260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 20,060 13.15 $19.02 $39,560
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 7,290 8.19 $20.98 $43,640
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 7,100 7.26 $19.40 $40,360
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 15,220 6.81 $18.85 $39,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.14 $34.68 $72,130
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $32.44 $67,470
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.14 $28.66 $59,620
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 50 0.10 $28.32 $58,900
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.15 $28.17 $58,600


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 30,080 2.15 0.77 $19.36 $40,260
Texas 28,660 2.84 1.02 $18.53 $38,540
Ohio 27,540 5.60 2.02 $18.57 $38,620
Illinois 25,290 4.58 1.65 $18.64 $38,760
Michigan 21,440 5.71 2.06 $20.18 $41,970




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 21,440 5.71 2.06 $20.18 $41,970
Ohio 27,540 5.60 2.02 $18.57 $38,620
Wisconsin 13,100 5.02 1.81 $19.50 $40,570
Indiana 13,550 4.97 1.79 $18.39 $38,250
Connecticut 7,900 4.94 1.78 $19.98 $41,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 250 0.45 0.16 $29.11 $60,540
District of Columbia 220 0.35 0.13 $28.36 $58,980
Washington 5,000 1.86 0.67 $23.23 $48,330
New Mexico 1,450 1.87 0.67 $22.70 $47,220
Delaware 450 1.14 0.41 $22.50 $46,800

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-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 15,060 4.25 1.53 $19.11 $39,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,360 4.95 1.78 $18.91 $39,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,740 2.29 0.83 $17.36 $36,110
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 6,990 7.22 2.60 $18.28 $38,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 6,960 6.84 2.47 $22.31 $46,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,870 3.50 1.26 $21.48 $44,670
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,120 3.72 1.34 $19.19 $39,920
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 4,800 6.12 2.21 $20.64 $42,920
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,520 2.69 0.97 $19.32 $40,190
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 4,500 4.68 1.69 $19.43 $40,410




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)
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 1,570 19.48 7.02 $16.85 $35,050
Rockford, IL 2,470 18.03 6.50 $17.04 $35,440
Sandusky, OH 560 16.30 5.88 $16.18 $33,660
Odessa, TX 700 12.28 4.43 $18.81 $39,130
Jackson, MI 610 12.28 4.43 $16.58 $34,480
Anniston-Oxford, AL 520 11.57 4.17 $19.52 $40,600
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 400 9.74 3.51 $15.82 $32,910
New Bedford, MA 590 9.45 3.41 $19.88 $41,360
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 540 9.43 3.40 $18.31 $38,080
Danville, IL 260 9.40 3.39 $16.30 $33,910