Median hourly earnings of machinists were $16.33 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.84 and $20.33. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.08, while the top 10 percent earned more than $24.34. Median hourly earnings in the manufacturing industries employing the largest number of machinists in May 2004 were:
|Aerospace product and parts manufacturing||$17.78|
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing||17.46|
|Metalworking machinery manufacturing||17.06|
|Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing||15.87|
Apprentices earn much less than machinists, but earnings increase quickly as they improve their skills. Also most employers pay for apprentices’ training classes.
Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Machinists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos223.htm.