Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for machine operators in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,267,157 machine operators currently employed in the United States.
  • 27.7% of all machine operators are women, while 72.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed machine operator is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of machine operators is White (60.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (16.0%), Black or African American (12.0%) and Asian (7.5%).
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 5% of all machine operators are LGBT.
  • Machine operators are 58% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Machine Operator Statistics By Gender

27.7% of machine operators are women and 72.3% of machine operators are men.

  • Male, 72.3%
  • Female, 27.7%

Machine Operators By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male72.3%
Female27.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Machine Operator

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$33,488
female-income
Female Income
$32,335

Machine Operator Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the machine operator position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Machine Operator Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201070.37%29.63%
201171.22%28.78%
201271.26%28.74%
201371.20%28.80%
201472.31%27.69%
201569.79%30.21%
201671.25%28.75%
201772.40%27.60%
201872.05%27.95%
201970.75%29.25%
202072.99%27.01%
202172.35%27.65%

Machine Operator Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, corrugator and stone cutter have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Screen Examiner7%93%
Cake Decorator9%91%
Garment Inspector10%90%
Machine Operator72%28%
Bucket Operator99%1%
Stone Cutter99%1%
Corrugator99%1%

Machine Operator Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among machine operators is White, which makes up 60.0% of all machine operators. Comparatively, there are 16.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 60.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 16.0%
  • Black or African American, 12.0%
  • Asian, 7.5%
  • Unknown, 3.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.1%

Machine Operator Race

Machine Operator RacePercentages
White60.0%
Hispanic or Latino16.0%
Black or African American12.0%
Asian7.5%
Unknown3.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.1%

Machine Operator Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among machine operators.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Machine Operator Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201063.91%13.79%4.50%16.22%
201162.60%13.96%5.44%16.26%
201262.14%12.36%6.28%17.43%
201363.59%13.62%5.40%15.37%
201461.92%12.86%6.36%16.79%
201563.85%12.70%6.35%14.99%
201661.77%11.96%7.37%16.50%
201762.48%12.30%7.09%15.54%
201863.19%11.82%6.01%16.46%
201965.00%12.20%6.41%14.00%
202062.56%12.91%5.85%14.60%
202159.98%11.95%7.49%15.96%

Machine Operator Wage Gap By Race

White machine operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown machine operators have the lowest average salary at $32,642.
$36,000
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$32,642
White$34,951
Black or African American$33,633
Asian$33,211
Hispanic or Latino$33,051

Average Age of a Machine Operator

We determined the average age of machine operators based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Machine Operator Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown4044
White4250
Black or African American4049.5
Asian4651.5
Hispanic or Latino4247

Machine Operator Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of machine operator employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of machine operators is 40+ years old, which represents 64% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Machine Operator Age

Machine Operator YearsPercentages
40+ years64%
30-40 years20%
20-30 years15%

Types of Machine Operator Degree Levels

The most common degree for machine operators is high school diploma 53% of machine operators earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 16% and rounding it off is diploma with 14%.

  • High School Diploma, 53%
  • Associate, 16%
  • Diploma, 14%
  • Bachelors, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Machine Operators By Education

Machine Operator DegreePercentages
High School Diploma53%
Associate16%
Diploma14%
Bachelors11%
Other Degrees6%

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Machine Operator Wage Gap By Education

Machine operators with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $33,934 annually. With a Bachelors degree, machine operators earn a median annual income of $33,680 compared to $33,434 for machine operators with an High School Diploma degree.
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
High School Diploma or Less
No Education
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$33,434
No Education$32,332
Bachelor's Degree$33,680
Some College/ Associate Degree$33,934

Machine Operator Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where machine operators work. We found most machine operators work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most machine operators is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire machine operators.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Machine Operator Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees6%
100 - 500 employees11%
500 - 1,000 employees8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees34%
> 10,000 employees39%

The Types Of Companies Machine Operator Work In

Employees with the machine operator job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most machine operators prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Machine Operator Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public41%
Private58%
Government0%

Top Industries Hiring Machine Operators

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ machine operators. Those industries include manufacturing, professional and automotive.

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Professional

Automotive

Transportation

Machine Operator Turnover And Employment Statistics

Machine Operator Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of machine operators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Machine Operator Unemployment Rate By Year

YearMachine Operator Unemployment Rate
201015.94%
201115.49%
201213.87%
201312.49%
201412.20%
20159.40%
20167.70%
20178.32%
20187.77%
20198.42%
20206.77%
20218.38%

The Average Number of Years That Machine Operator Stay in a Job

By looking over 276,210 machine operators resumes, we figured out that the average machine operator enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 32%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Machine Operator Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year32%
1-2 years31%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years4%
11+ years8%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Machine Operators with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to machine operators.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Substation Inspector4.47%16,861
Machine Operator4.75%-
Contact Lens Technician5.24%7,585
Primer Inserting Machine Adjuster7.84%35,738
Multiskill Operator8.41%27,869
Print Shop Helper8.89%24,108
Image Center Service Associate15.21%31,304

Machine Operator LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Substation Inspector4.47%16,861
Contact Lens Technician5.24%7,585
Primer Inserting Machine Adjuster7.84%35,738
Multiskill Operator8.41%27,869
Print Shop Helper8.89%24,108
Image Center Service Associate15.21%31,304

Foreign Languages Spoken By Machine Operators

The most common foreign language among machine operators is Spanish at 77.3%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.0% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 2.4%.

  • Spanish, 77.3%
  • French, 5.0%
  • Arabic, 2.4%
  • German, 2.2%
  • Hmong, 2.0%
  • Other, 11.1%

Machine Operator Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish77.3%
French5.0%
Arabic2.4%
German2.2%
Hmong2.0%
Other11.1%

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Machine Operator Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a machine operator can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of machine operators is $38,722. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Machine Operators Earn The Most?

Machine operators earn the most in Minnesota, where the average machine operator salary is $36,966. The map here shows where machine operators earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Machine Operators?

By looking through more than 276,210 resumes, we found that the most popular places for machine operators are Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL.

Number of Machine Operators

Number Of Machine Operator Jobs By State

Where Are Machine Operators In High Demand?

Machine operators are in high demand in Minneapolis, MN. There are currently 69 job openings for machine operators here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country machine operators are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Machine Operator Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Machine Operators Are Female?

28.3% of machine operators are female in the United States. This is 1.3 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female machine operators has decreased by -0.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 304,635 female machine operators in the U.S. and 771,816 male machine operators in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,076,451 people with the specific job title of machine operator and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Machine Operator Are There In The Us?

There are over 1,267,157 Machine Operators in the United States.

What Percentage Of Machine Operators Are Black?

12.0% of Machine Operators are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Machine Operators?

Most a are White, with 60.0% of Machine Operators belonging to this ethnicity. 16.0% of Machine Operators are Hispanic or Latino, 12.0% of Machine Operators are Black or African American, 7.5% of Machine Operators are Asian, 3.4% of Machine Operators are Unknown, and 1.1% of Machine Operators are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Machine Operator Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Machine Operator jobs are male - dominated. 72% of Machine Operators are male, and 27% are female, so there are more male Machine Operators than female Machine Operators in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Machine Operator?

The average Machine Operator is 44 years old. 64% of Machine Operators are 40+ years old or older, 20% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 15% are between 20-30 years old

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