According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a machinist in 2012 was $18.99. This corresponds to a median annual wage of $39,500.
Under the right circumstances a machinist can make more than the median hourly wage for the profession; indeed, machinists in the 90th percentile of wage earners earned an hourly wage of about $28.75, which corresponds to an annual wage of $59,790. In 2012, the highest-paying industry for machinists was natural gas distribution, which yielded a mean hourly wage of $34.51. Industries related to electricity generation, transmission and distribution also paid machinists a high mean wage of $32.81.