Training Requirements for Machinists

Machinists need a high school diploma or equivalent and long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Machinists
Percent
Less than High School 10.7
High School 45.3
Some College 27.9
Associates Degree 11.9
Bachelors Degree 3.8
Masters Degree 0.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment Outlook for Machinists

This represents about 399,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 39,000 more machinists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 154,000 more.

Typical Income for Machinists

Hourly Income

On average,machinists make $20.78 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Machinists $12.45 $15.72 $20.05 $25.09 $30.09
Production occupations $9.96 $11.98 $15.93 $21.81 $28.99
Metal workers and plastic workers $11.43 $14.16 $18.06 $23.17 $28.78
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, machinists make $43,220 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Machinists $25,900 $32,710 $41,700 $52,190 $62,590
Production occupations $20,720 $24,920 $33,130 $45,360 $60,300
Metal workers and plastic workers $23,770 $29,460 $37,560 $48,190 $59,860
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics