Machinist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Machinists in the United States earn $43,200 annually on a mean basis. In Canada, the mean salary registers at C$51,310 ($40,386 USD). Machinists see mean pay of £24,118 ($32,366 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$52,000 ($39,402 USD) in Australia, and NZD$61,000 ($41,991 USD) in New Zealand.

India’s machinists make INR205,000 ($3,182 USD), while South African machinists receive R133,661 ($9,910 USD).

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How Much Does a Machinist Make per Year by State?

Machinist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $45.36 C$34.13 £13.22 AU$63 NZD$38.46 INR144.42 R98.08
Annual Pay $94,930 C$71,000 £27,500 AU$131,346 NZD$80,000 INR342,000 R204,000

Machinist Salary Influencing Factors

The unionization of machinists, especially in the United States and Canada, influence the nature of compensation packages. Across most areas, machinists can enhance pay based on the location of work, experience and seniority.

1. Location

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the District of Columbia ranked first among pay of machinists in the United States, at $64,030 per year. Alaska followed at $60,480 and Hawaii was third among compensating machinists with a mean salary of $57,770. The Vallejo-Fairfield, California area occupied the top spot of metropolitan areas in the United States, with mean pay of $69,910.

For Canada, machinists earn 33 percent above the mean in Calgary, and 30 percent above it in Edmonton. Pay declines to 28 percent below the mean for machinists in Montreal and 15 percent below in Winnepeg.

Machinists with “Computer Numerically Controlled” skills in Christchurch, New Zealand earn 30 percent less than the national median of NZD$42,640.

PayScale states that salaries for machinists in Johannesburg earn 78 percent above the national average, while those in Port Elizabeth make 20 percent less than the mean. Machinists in Cape Town make 44 percent under the mean.

How Much Does a Machinist Make in the US?

Machinist Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $25,900 $12.45
Maximum $62,590 $30.09
Bonus $310 to $4,089 $0.15 to $1.97
Overtime Not reported $18.31 to $38.99
Total Pay $25,900 to $62,590

How Much Does a Machinist Make in Canada?

Machinist Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$32,921 C$15.83
Maximum C$74,871 C$36.00
Bonus C$203 to C$5,093 C$0.10 to C$2.84
Overtime Not reported C$21.33 to C$52.59
Total Pay C$32,921 to C$74,871

How Much Does a Machinist Make in the UK?

Machinist Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £15,000 £7.21
Maximum £34,000 £16.35
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £15,000 to £34,000

How Much Does a Machinist Make in Australia?

Machinist Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$41,877 AU$20.13
Maximum AU$72,637 AU$34.92
Bonus AU$300 AU$0.14
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$40,877 to AU$72,637

How Much Does a Machinist Make in New Zealand?

Machinist Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$33,000 NZD$15.87
Maximum NZD$110,000 NZD$52.88
Bonus NZD$2,950 NZD$1.42
Overtime Not reported NZD$42.97
Total Pay NZD$33,000 to NZD$110,000

How Much Does a Machinist Make in India?

Machinist Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR114,022 INR54.82
Maximum INR546,123 INR262.56
Bonus INR10,000 INR4.81
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay INR114,002 to INR546,123

How Much Does a Machinist Make in South Africa?

Machinist Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R19,536 R9.39
Maximum R347,270 R166.96
Bonus R1,500 to R50,000 R0.72 to R24.04
Overtime Not reported R1.53 to R300
Total Pay R37,440 to R305,725

2. Experience

PayScale states that machinists in Canada have a mean pay of C$39,000 at entry-level. For those with five to ten years of experience, the mean stands at C$51,000. Machinists who achieve ten years of experience can anticipate a mean of C$57,000, while those at the late-career stage make C$65,000.

In the United Kingdom, machinists overall start on average at £17,000 and reach £34,000 by ranking among the most experienced. According to the National Careers Service, starting CNC machinists earn between £15,000 and £19,000. Salaries span from £20,000 to £27,000 for experienced CNC machinists and reach a mean of £30,000 for “Highly-Experienced” ones.

Mean pay for Australian machinists does not change much by experience. Those with up to five years of experience have a mean pay of AU$50,000. At ten years of experience, mean salaries rise only by $6,000, while machinists in the late-career stages earn on average AU$52,000.

In New Zealand, salaries for apprentices and machinists with up to two years of experience make between NZD$33,000 and NZD$40,000. Earnings range from NZD$40,000 to NZD$80,000 for machinists achieving two to five years in the field. Those deemed highly skilled and those occupying senior roles can see pay from NZD$80,000 to NZD$110,000.

According to PayScale, machinists in India with five to ten years of experience garner pay of 46 percent above average, while entry-level machinists in India see salaries 12 percent below the national average.

South African machinists can see steep spikes in pay by experience. The mean goes from R121,000 for entry-level machinists to R133,000 at the five-to-ten year level. Machinists with ten to 20 years of experience find a dramatic rise in mean pay to R202,000. Those in the late-career stage earn on average R208,000.

3. Industry

Union workers represent a sizable part of the machinist field. According to Job Bank Canada, four out of ten machinists belong to a union, compared with 31 percent of the overall country’s workforce.

On average, union members earn higher wages and receive greater pensions and benefits at a greater rate than their non-union counterparts. According to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, employees in union shops in the United States receive 27 percent more in wages than non-union workers. Machinists represented by unions are 54 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.

Neuvoo shows how skill and type of manufacturing shop affect pay in the United Kingdom. “Skilled machinists” fetch a mean pay of £39,324, while “workshop machinists” receive on average £21,349 and “conventional skilled machinists” make £20,475.

According to PayScale, the pay for machinists with “Precision Machining” skills rises 15 percent above the mean. For machinists with “Precision Machining” skills in Canada, the salary stands at five percent above the national mean. Machinists with “Machine Programming, Manufacturing” skills earn 11 percent higher than average.

Schedule & Working Hours

Machinists can expect full-time work and shifts running into evenings and weekends. Overtime rears itself in the occupation, especially where machinists must meet production deadlines.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a quarter of machinists recorded more than 40 hours of work per week.

Approximately 96 percent of “Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors” in Canada work full-time. In Australia, full-time metal fitters and machinists log on a mean basis 43.3 hours per week.

Bonuses & Benefits

According to PayScale, machinists in the United States can reap commissions of $8,000 and profit-sharing benefits of $415 to $5,980. In Canada, some machinists participate in profit-sharing plans to an average tune of C$1,175. The mean commissions for these workers amounts to C$1,700.

As for health benefits, 79 percent of machinists in the United States enjoy medical coverage. The rates are 57 percent for dental care and 44 percent for vision. In Canada, 78 percent of machinists have medical insurance, 71 percent get dental care and 53 percent receive vision benefits.

In Australia, the percentage of machinists with medical care drops to six percent, while only two percent have vision. None have dental care and 92 percent go without any employer-provided healthcare.

For machinists in South Africa, three in ten have medical benefits. Only nine percent enjoy dental, while 11 percent receive vision care from the employer. Nearly two out of three reported to PayScale having no medical benefits.

Machinists in India have employer-provided medical coverage to the tune of 56 percent. However, only 11 percent enjoy vision benefits and no machinists in India report having dental care.

Career Outlook

The viability of the career outlook and demand for machinists varies by country.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a two-percent rise in employment of machinists through 2026. In 2016, the occupation numbered 396,200. According to Job Outlook Australia, employment of machinists in that country should decline from 117,200 in 2015 to 109,900 in 2020. From new jobs and turnover may come 5,001 to 10,000 openings by 2020.

In other countries, machinists enjoy better job prospects. The New Zealand Government rates as “Good” employment chances for machinists, citing a shortage of these workers. According to Job Bank Canada, the “Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors” field should have 17,600 job openings for 16,100 seekers by 2024.


Machinist salaries rise with experience, seniority and working in certain areas. Where union shops prevail, machinists can generally find higher wages and more benefits. Technology and declining manufacturing activity in some places may put pressure on hiring prospects for aspiring machinists.

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