Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for machinists 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 332,338 machinists currently employed in the United States.
  • 7.4% of all machinists are women, while 92.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed machinist is 48 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of machinists is White (74.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.3%), Asian (5.5%) and Black or African American (5.0%).
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • 2% of all machinists are LGBT.
  • Machinists are 64% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Machinist Statistics By Gender

7.4% of machinists are women and 92.6% of machinists are men.

  • Male, 92.6%
  • Female, 7.4%

Machinists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male92.6%
Female7.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Machinist

Women Earn 89¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$45,146
female-income
Female Income
$40,127

Machinist Gender Over Time

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

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

Machinist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201092.13%7.87%
201190.24%9.76%
201291.78%8.22%
201391.56%8.44%
201491.33%8.67%
201592.20%7.80%
201692.16%7.84%
201791.11%8.89%
201891.24%8.76%
201991.21%8.79%

Machinist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, head machinist and die repair machinist have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Special Process Person31%69%
Machinist93%7%
Research And Development Machinist99%1%
Die Repair Machinist99%1%
Head Machinist99%1%

Machinist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among machinists is White, which makes up 74.4% of all machinists. Comparatively, there are 13.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.5% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 74.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.3%
  • Asian, 5.5%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 1.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Machinist Race

Machinist RacePercentages
White74.4%
Hispanic or Latino13.3%
Asian5.5%
Black or African American5.0%
Unknown1.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.4%

Machinist 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 machinists.

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

Machinist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201075.05%5.80%5.12%12.30%
201173.36%6.41%4.94%13.05%
201274.73%6.12%5.08%12.56%
201374.00%6.49%5.56%12.13%
201475.54%5.31%4.55%13.19%
201574.31%5.63%5.50%12.57%
201674.19%5.38%5.49%13.34%
201774.06%5.41%5.11%13.61%
201874.85%5.14%5.40%12.86%
201974.44%4.97%5.47%13.28%

Machinist Wage Gap By Race

Asian machinists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american machinists have the lowest average salary at $40,970.
$45,000
$44,000
$43,000
$42,000
$41,000
$40,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$41,420
White$43,580
Black or African American$40,970
Asian$44,938
Hispanic or Latino$42,273

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Average Age of a Machinist

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

Male
Female

Machinist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown46
White5149
Black or African American52
Asian54
Hispanic or Latino45.545

Machinist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of machinist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of machinists is 40+ years old, which represents 76% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Machinist Age

Machinist YearsPercentages
40+ years76%
30-40 years17%
20-30 years7%

Types of Machinist Degree Levels

The most common degree for machinists is high school diploma 40% of machinists earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 26% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 15%.

  • High School Diploma, 40%
  • Associate, 26%
  • Bachelors, 15%
  • Diploma, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 8%

Machinists By Education

Machinist DegreePercentages
High School Diploma40%
Associate26%
Bachelors15%
Diploma11%
Other Degrees8%

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Machinist Wage Gap By Education

Machinists with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $47,141 annually. With a Associate degree, machinists earn a median annual income of $46,648 compared to $45,146 for machinists with an High School Diploma degree.
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
$45,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$45,146
Bachelor's Degree$47,141
Some College/ Associate Degree$46,648

Machinist Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Machinist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees6%
100 - 500 employees17%
500 - 1,000 employees14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees31%
> 10,000 employees27%

The Types Of Companies Machinist Work In

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

Public

Private

Government

Machinist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Public35%
Private64%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Machinists

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

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Technology

Construction

Automotive

Machinist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Machinist 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 machinists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Machinist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearMachinist Unemployment Rate
201010.04%
20116.29%
20124.94%
20134.37%
20143.49%
20152.85%
20163.38%
20172.46%
20181.76%
20191.95%

The Average Number of Years That Machinist Stay in a Job

By looking over 59,655 machinists resumes, we figured out that the average machinist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Machinist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year22%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years6%
11+ years12%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Machinists 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 machinists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Welding Tester1.88%8,354
Machinist1.92%
Tool Designer2.13%51,666
Mill Control Operator2.83%57,194
First Leveler3.48%2,925
Eyeglass Frames Polisher5.23%24300.00%
Blast Furnace Tender7.01%55300.00%

Machinist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Welding Tester1.88%8,354
Tool Designer2.13%51,666
Mill Control Operator2.83%57,194
First Leveler3.48%2,925
Eyeglass Frames Polisher5.23%243
Blast Furnace Tender7.01%553

Foreign Languages Spoken By Machinists

The most common foreign language among machinists is Spanish at 65.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 6.1% and French is the third-most popular at 5.6%.

  • Spanish, 65.2%
  • German, 6.1%
  • French, 5.6%
  • Carrier, 3.3%
  • Vietnamese, 3.0%
  • Other, 16.8%

Machinist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish65.2%
German6.1%
French5.6%
Carrier3.3%
Vietnamese3.0%
Other16.8%

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The amount you can make as a machinist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of machinists is $62,310. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Machinists Earn The Most?

Machinists earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average machinist salary is $54,280. The map here shows where machinists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Machinists In High Demand?

Machinists are in high demand in Houston, TX. There are currently 21 job openings for machinists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country machinists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Machinist Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Machinists Are Female?

8.8% of machinists are female in the United States. This is 0.0 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female machinists has increased by 0.9 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 29,245 female machinists in the U.S. and 303,093 male machinists in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 332,338 people with the specific job title of machinist and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Machinist Are There In The Us?

There are over 288,789 Machinists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Machinists Are Black?

5.0% of Machinists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Machinists?

Most a are White, with 74.4% of Machinists belonging to this ethnicity. 13.3% of Machinists are Hispanic or Latino, 5.5% of Machinists are Asian, 5.0% of Machinists are Black or African American, 1.4% of Machinists are Unknown, and 0.4% of Machinists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Machinist Jobs Male - Dominated ?

Yes, Machinist jobs are male - dominated. 92% of Machinists are male, and 7% are female, so there are more male Machinists than female Machinists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Machinist ?

The average Machinist is 49 years old. 76% of Machinists are 40+ years old or older, 17% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 7% are between 20-30 years old

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