Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-4041 Machinists



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

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 1,440148$20.76/hr$14.79/hr$17.00/hr$20.18/hr$24.02/hr$28.34/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Construction40$22.05/hr
Manufacturing11,590$24.34/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities550$25.27/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services620$22.08/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/A$34.26/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$25.48/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$22.61/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 110$21.60/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 130$22.80/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 160$24.41/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 170$19.91/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 230$22.92/hr-2.1%
Rochester MN MSA 300$23.11/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 500$22.74/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 580$25.10/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 640$20.82/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 700$19.92/hr12.8%
Southeast Minnesota 810$21.95/hr8.4%
Northwest Balance of State 1,170$19.99/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,440$20.18/hr16.1%
Central Minnesota 2,170$23.96/hr18.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 7,580$26.26/hr0.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 9,240$25.54/hrN/A
Minnesota 12,870$24.34/hr5.5%




  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
  • Separate scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Dispose of scrap or waste material in accordance with company policies and environmental regulations.
  • Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
  • Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information.
  • Set up or operate metalworking, brazing, heat-treating, welding, or cutting equipment.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock to display placement of cuts.