Machinists

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2019 Workforce
355k
Average Age
45.8
Estimated Job Growth
1.99%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$51,189
Average Male Salary
$51,695
Average Female Salary
$41,826

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 Air transportation. Machinists are paid most in Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta & Osceola Counties PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Highland, Clinton & Adams Counties PUMA, OH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,189
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,183

In 2019, Machinists earned an average of $51,189, $4,335 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Avionics technicians make somewhat more than Machinists while Postal service clerks 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

0.257
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Machinists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.257, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Machinists.

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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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Industries by Share

355k
2019 Workforce
± 14,604
10.6%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.4%

The number of people employed as Machinists has been growing at a rate of 10.6%, from 320,626 people in 2018 to 354,675 people in 2019.

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  27.1%, followed by Machinery manufacturing, n.e.c. or not specified with 7.71% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 7.67%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Machinists in the US. The average age of male Machinists in the workforce is 45.8 and of female Machinists is 46.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Machinists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

337k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 14,226
18.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,309

94.9% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

74.9% of Machinists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.6% of Machinists, White (Hispanic) 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

45.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.592
46.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.49

The median age of Machinists is 45.8, and Male employees are generally 0.488 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 Engineering but a relatively high number of Machinists hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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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 and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Machinists need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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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 6.85%, 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
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Machinists. This profession is expected to grow lower than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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