Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
388,370 1.0 % $19.65 $40,860 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.70 $14.97 $18.99 $23.53 $28.75
Annual Wage (2) $24,340 $31,130 $39,500 $48,930 $59,790


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 100,520 28.11 $18.69 $38,880
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 25,640 14.65 $19.58 $40,720
Employment Services 23,550 0.76 $16.04 $33,370
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 20,170 4.26 $21.13 $43,960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 19,920 4.04 $22.01 $45,780

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 100,520 28.11 $18.69 $38,880
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 25,640 14.65 $19.58 $40,720
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 7,180 7.06 $21.12 $43,920
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 6,650 6.35 $19.65 $40,880
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 15,650 6.31 $19.63 $40,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.09 $34.51 $71,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 500 0.13 $32.81 $68,240
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $31.95 $66,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,310 0.02 $30.19 $62,790
Amusement Parks and Arcades 60 0.03 $28.94 $60,200


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)
Texas 33,710 3.19 1.07 $19.28 $40,110
California 32,040 2.24 0.75 $20.07 $41,740
Ohio 28,900 5.72 1.92 $19.05 $39,630
Michigan 27,880 7.11 2.39 $20.33 $42,290
Illinois 26,970 4.78 1.60 $19.64 $40,840




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 27,880 7.11 2.39 $20.33 $42,290
Wisconsin 16,410 6.14 2.06 $18.92 $39,360
Ohio 28,900 5.72 1.92 $19.05 $39,630
Connecticut 9,030 5.57 1.87 $21.08 $43,850
Indiana 14,230 5.06 1.70 $18.50 $38,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 220 0.33 0.11 $32.41 $67,410
Hawaii 230 0.40 0.13 $31.37 $65,260
Alaska 240 0.74 0.25 $29.46 $61,280
Delaware 670 1.66 0.56 $24.39 $50,720
Washington 5,530 2.00 0.67 $23.70 $49,290





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 15,040 4.13 1.39 $20.44 $42,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 14,090 5.34 1.79 $20.18 $41,970
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 9,210 8.59 2.88 $22.69 $47,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,610 2.22 0.75 $18.14 $37,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,770 4.44 1.49 $21.38 $44,470
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 7,060 7.10 2.38 $18.44 $38,360
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,930 4.20 1.41 $19.89 $41,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 5,560 6.90 2.31 $19.69 $40,960
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 4,900 5.00 1.68 $20.15 $41,920
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,230 2.02 0.68 $17.32 $36,030