51-4041 Machinists

Occupational Description:
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.

Occupational Employment Statistics(OES) Wage Data
Wages Updated to First Quarter, 2018
GeographyEmploymentEmp SE*MeanMean SE*10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 2,150140$23.72/hr$0.49/hr$16.64/hr$19.75/hr$23.42/hr$27.63/hr$31.06/hr
Minnesota 11,800543$23.59/hr$0.31/hr$15.45/hr$18.69/hr$23.40/hr$28.43/hr$31.97/hr
U S 378,3203,405$21.55/hr$0.06/hr$12.90/hr$16.30/hr$20.79/hr$26.12/hr$31.13/hr
*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.

Leading Industries for Machinists
IndustryOES EmploymentOES Median Wage
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$25.67/hr
Professional and Business Services20$23.09/hr
Other Regional Data For Machinists
Geography (click title for details)OESProjections
EmploymentMedian Wage% Change 2014 - 2024
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,880 $25.40/hr 6.3%
Central Minnesota 2,150 $23.42/hr 11.2%
Northwest Minnesota 1,300 $19.99/hr 16.0%
Southwest Minnesota 880 $18.65/hr 9.7%
Southeast Minnesota 800 $21.41/hr 13.2%
Northeast Minnesota 270 $21.34/hr 26.4%
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EmploymentMedian Wage% Change 2014 - 2024
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2,340$21.31/hr5.5%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1,350$19.19/hr5.8%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians90$25.72/hrN/A
Engine and Other Machine AssemblersN/AN/AN/A
Model Makers, Metal and PlasticN/AN/AN/A
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Tasks for Machinists