As of May 2014, the average Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers brought home just shy of $38,150 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But earnings vary greatly by location, as employers must offer higher wages in certain areas of the country to attract qualified candidates. On average, the highest wages paid in machinists were in Alaska, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Wyoming & North Dakota.
Salary: $22,150 – $43,800
Min. Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Job Outlook 2014-24: 4% (Slower than average)
Related Careers: Assemblers and Fabricators, Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers, Sheet Metal Workers
|Highest Paying States for Machinists|
|1. South Dakota||$16.79|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data extracted on May 04, 2016