Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
361,240 1.2 % $16.56 $34,440 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.91 $12.63 $16.15 $20.16 $24.03
Annual Wage (2) $20,610 $26,260 $33,590 $41,930 $49,990

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine shops and threaded product mfg. 70,010 $16.07 $33,420
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 26,520 $17.09 $35,550
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 21,940 $18.01 $37,470
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 14,700 $16.50 $34,310
Employment services 14,400 $11.83 $24,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Spectator sports 210 $30.22 $62,860
Natural gas distribution 340 $25.49 $53,020
Local government (OES designation) 340 $25.40 $52,830
Power generation and supply 1,070 $24.75 $51,480
Beverage manufacturing 120 $23.31 $48,490

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
Michigan 26,670 $18.90 $39,310 0.619%
Wisconsin 14,410 $17.15 $35,670 0.536%
Ohio 26,600 $16.51 $34,330 0.501%
Connecticut 8,090 $17.50 $36,410 0.496%
Indiana 13,300 $16.80 $34,940 0.466%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 80 $26.63 $55,390 0.013%
Hawaii 290 $23.55 $48,990 0.052%
Alaska 210 $21.47 $44,660 0.072%
New Mexico 1,280 $20.18 $41,980 0.171%
Delaware 540 $20.01 $41,620 0.134%

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 930 $17.46 $36,320 1.609%
Elmira, NY MSA 540 $15.89 $33,060 1.380%
Jackson, MI MSA 740 $16.52 $34,360 1.307%
Rockford, IL MSA 1,630 $14.99 $31,170 0.982%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 620 $15.67 $32,600 0.977%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 250 $24.25 $50,450 0.063%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 220 $22.59 $46,990 0.291%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,050 $21.73 $45,200 0.109%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 170 $21.54 $44,800 0.188%
Flint, MI PMSA 1,370 $21.53 $44,790 0.842%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: April 19, 2005

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