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Working as a Senior Machinist

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a senior machinist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $21.88 an hour? That's $45,514 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 1% and produce 5,400 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Senior Machinist Do

There are certain skills that many senior machinists have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, manual dexterity and math skills and computer application experience.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a senior machinist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.4% of senior machinists included machine parts, while 10.4% of resumes included cnc, and 10.0% of resumes included micrometers. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the senior machinist job title. But what industry to start with? Most senior machinists actually find jobs in the manufacturing and technology industries.

How To Become a Senior Machinist

If you're interested in becoming a senior machinist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 11.2% of senior machinists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.6% of senior machinists have master's degrees. Even though some senior machinists have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a senior machinist. When we researched the most common majors for a senior machinist, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on senior machinist resumes include diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a senior machinist. In fact, many senior machinist jobs require experience in a role such as machinist. Meanwhile, many senior machinists also have previous career experience in roles such as computer numerical controller machinist or machine operator.

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Average Salary$45,514
Job Growth Rate1%

Senior Machinist Career Paths

Top Careers Before Senior Machinist

Machinist
37.5 %

Top Careers After Senior Machinist

Machinist
28.0 %

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Average Salary for a Senior Machinist

Senior Machinists in America make an average salary of $45,514 per year or $22 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $57,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $36,000 per year.
Average Salary
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Machinist Senior 1St. and 2Nd Shift)
Machinist Senior 1St. and 2Nd Shift)
Woodward MPC
Woodward MPC
01/19/2021
01/19/2021
$43,70201/19/2021
$43,702
Senior Research Machinist
Senior Research Machinist
Honeywell
Honeywell
12/28/2020
12/28/2020
$52,80012/28/2020
$52,800
Senior Machinist
Senior Machinist
Washington University of St. Louis
Washington University of St. Louis
01/17/2020
01/17/2020
$48,14701/17/2020
$48,147
Senior Machinist
Senior Machinist
Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors
09/27/2019
09/27/2019
$52,17509/27/2019
$52,175
SR Machinist/Grinder
SR Machinist/Grinder
David Barnes Company
David Barnes Company
01/18/2019
01/18/2019
$50,23201/18/2019
$50,232

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Senior Machinist Demographics

Gender

male

92.4 %

female

5.2 %

unknown

2.4 %

Ethnicity

White

74.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.1 %

Asian

5.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0 %
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Senior Machinist Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

33.7 %

Associate

25.1 %

Certificate

15.0 %
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Top Skills For a Senior Machinist

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 19.4% of senior machinists listed machine parts on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and manual dexterity are important as well.

How Do Senior Machinist Rate Their Jobs?

What do you like the most about working as Senior Machinist?

I love the complexity and challenging, complex work involved in the Medical manufacturing sector. Mentoring younger machinists and problem solving and being hands on with complex CNC machines, including multi axis machines including 4&5 axis mills and multi axis mill-turn machines. Show More

What do you NOT like?

Poor communication with the engineering department and faulty equipment. Show More

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Top Senior Machinist Employers

1. Smith & Nephew
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$54,578
Senior Machinists Hired: 
60+
2. Halliburton
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$57,723
Senior Machinists Hired: 
27+
3. Eaton Corporation
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$58,643
Senior Machinists Hired: 
16+
4. Honeywell
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$51,385
Senior Machinists Hired: 
8+
5. General Dynamics
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$60,433
Senior Machinists Hired: 
8+
6. Flowserve
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$61,269
Senior Machinists Hired: 
6+

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Updated October 2, 2020