3.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $22.95 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 72% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Machinists' job openings is expected to rise 2.4% by 2031
'Machinists' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Machinists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Machinists' was $47,730, or $22.95 hourly
'Machinists' are paid 4.3% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as machinists?

As of 2021 there were 333,220 people employed as Machinists within the United States.
This represents around 0.24% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 422 people are employed as Machinists.

Job description

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. 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.

SOC Code: 51-4041.00


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Paul Chapman (Highly likely) says
Corp. Looking for ways to increase their profits, efficiency and speed in manufacturing. AI will be to manufacturing as e-commerce is to retail.
Oct 25, 2020 at 12:45 PM
Tim Postma (Highly likely) says
Machinists are very likely to be automated because of additive manufacturing especially 3D Printing , even though i am not employed, i have however been personally studying the topic of automation for at least 4 years on some of my spare time almost everyday
May 03, 2019 at 06:11 PM
Gabriel (Small chance) says
Currently a machinist, as a disclosure.

Currently, there is this ongoing idea that the field of machining is slated to be overrun by automation. What this fails to take in to account is the fact that this has already largely happened. Machinists themselves are growing fewer in number and greater in age. CNC Machines have made a large number of machining processes and related workers redunant, but this revolution took place decades ago already.
Apr 24, 2019 at 08:06 PM
Ron Leffers says
I think that machinist will have to some day work with robots and computer machines.
Jun 05, 2020 at 03:21 PM

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