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
Southeast Minnesota 880173$22.27/hr$15.44/hr$17.70/hr$22.02/hr$25.72/hr$29.96/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities300$26.09/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services470$24.53/hr
Education and Health Services20$33.49/hr
Other ServicesN/A$14.17/hr
Public AdministrationN/A$34.06/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$15.17/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 90$23.47/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$21.61/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$23.88/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 150$24.09/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 180$23.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 240$24.49/hr-2.1%
Rochester MN MSA 330$23.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 400$23.00/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 450$22.06/hr12.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 550$23.98/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 660$20.74/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 880$22.02/hr8.4%
Northwest Balance of State 1,110$20.10/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,290$20.30/hr16.1%
Central Minnesota 1,950$24.16/hr18.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,430$26.33/hr0.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 7,700$25.67/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,980$24.58/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.