Machinists

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Total Workforce

350k

Average Age

45.6

Estimated Job Growth

1.99%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$48,208

Average Male Salary

$48,705

Average Female Salary

$36,523

About

Machinists are most often employed by the Machine shops; turned product; screw, nut & bolt manufacturing  industry. The average yearly wage for Machinists was $48,208 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Machinists by wage are Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, Military, rank not specified, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

Machinists are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Machinists are Outer Manchester City PUMA, NH, Greer City (East) PUMA, SC, and Windham County PUMA, CT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Machinists are Windham County PUMA, CT, Crawford & Warren Counties PUMA, PA, and Outer Manchester City PUMA, NH.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Machinists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Machine shops; turned product; screw, nut & bolt manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Machinists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Machinists, by average wage, is Electric power generation, transmission & distribution. Machinists are paid most in Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta & Osceola Counties PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Windham County PUMA, CT.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,208

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,102

In 2017, Machinists earned an average of $48,208, $3,857 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Elementary & middle school teachers make somewhat more than Machinists while Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Machinists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.262

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Machinists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.262, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Machinists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Machinists.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Machinists, by average wage, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Petroleum refining, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

350k

2017 Workforce

± 14,514

6.31%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.6%

The number of people employed as Machinists has been growing at a rate of 6.31%, from 329,527 people in 2016 to 350,334 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Machinists employed by various industries. Machine shops; turned product; screw, nut & bolt manufacturing employs the largest share of Machinists at  28%, followed by Machinery manufacturing, n.e.c. or not specified with 7.5% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 5.97%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Machinists in the US. The average age of male Machinists in the workforce is 45.5 and of female Machinists is 46.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Machinists is White.

Gender Composition

336k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 14,216

14.3k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,937

95.9% of Machinists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Machinists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Machinists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

84.7% of Machinists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.87% of Machinists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Machinists.

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Age by Gender

45.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.569

46.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.43

The median age of Machinists is 45.6, and Male employees are generally 0.94 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Machinists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Machinists is Business but a relatively high number of Machinists hold a major in Engineering Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Machinists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Machinists need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Operation and Control, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Machinists need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Machinists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Machinists are expected to see a growth of 1.99% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

1.99%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Machinists. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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