Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-4041 Machinists

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Include 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, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

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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)
368,320 1.2 % $16.06 $33,410 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.57 $12.15 $15.66 $19.45 $23.17
Annual Wage (2) $19,900 $25,260 $32,570 $40,460 $48,190

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 65,910 $15.82 $32,900 1 87
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 27,050 $16.90 $35,150 2 58
Employment services 19,150 $10.21 $21,230 3 156
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 16,710 $16.13 $33,560 4 80
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 16,240 $16.33 $33,970 5 72

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Spectator sports 220 $30.71 $63,870 105 1
Natural gas distribution 340 $27.26 $56,700 93 2
Power generation and supply 1,110 $26.61 $55,350 56 3
Grain and oilseed milling 180 $23.59 $49,060 115 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 40 $23.14 $48,130 145 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 22,370 $16.62 $34,560 0.513% 368
Wisconsin 13,440 $17.18 $35,740 0.499% 321
Ohio 26,120 $16.06 $33,400 0.488% 353
Indiana 13,570 $15.90 $33,070 0.476% 349
Connecticut 7,770 $17.31 $36,000 0.473% 343

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 120 $24.14 $50,200 0.020% 170
Hawaii 280 $22.91 $47,640 0.051% 148
Alaska 210 $21.20 $44,100 0.073% 194
Delaware 630 $18.99 $39,500 0.157% 201
Washington 5,790 $18.80 $39,090 0.226% 333

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sheboygan, WI MSA 880 $16.52 $34,360 1.515%
Decatur, AL MSA 650 $13.65 $28,390 1.185%
Lynchburg, VA MSA 1,040 $18.46 $38,390 1.117%
Mansfield, OH MSA 680 $17.10 $35,570 0.890%
Anniston, AL MSA 410 $15.28 $31,780 0.880%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 230 $23.44 $48,760 0.057%
Anchorage, AK MSA 60 $22.41 $46,610 0.044%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 230 $22.32 $46,430 0.311%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,410 $21.89 $45,540 0.141%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 420 $20.73 $43,110 0.138%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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