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Occupational Employment Statistics


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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,12079$25.62/hr$19.25/hr$22.07/hr$24.66/hr$29.31/hr$31.51/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities510$33.50/hr
Professional and Business Services430$28.97/hr
Education and Health Services10$40.93/hr
Other Services30$30.19/hr
Public Administration20$35.39/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$23.22/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$28.68/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 110$29.59/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 140$28.68/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 160$28.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 220$30.07/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 290$29.87/hr-0.7%
Rochester MN MSA 420$31.21/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 460$29.76/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 570$26.48/hr8.5%
Southwest Balance of State 580$24.53/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 810$25.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 1,040$24.12/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,070$28.42/hr4.4%
Northwest Minnesota 1,120$24.66/hr8.3%
Central Minnesota 1,940$29.51/hr5.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,520$30.35/hr7.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 7,850$30.31/hrN/A
Minnesota 11,720$29.59/hr6.9%

  • Separate scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal.
  • 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.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
  • Dispose of scrap or waste material in accordance with company policies and environmental regulations.
  • Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.