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Machine Tool Operators in California

Want to work in California as a Machine Tool Operator? Read this first!

3.5% Jobs Projection
$40,380 Median Salary
1,190 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Machine Tool Operators in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Machine Tool Operators in California is growing slower than average.

  • Machine Tool Operators in California earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Machine Tool Operators Work in California?

In California, there were 12,220 people working as Machine Tool Operators in the year 2018.

There were 11,910 Machine Tool Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 310 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 1,970 Machine Tool Operators working in it, which means California has more Machine Tool Operators than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Machine Tool Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 3.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 1.1%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,190 annual job openings, and 11,900 total jobs in 2026 for Machine Tool Operators in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 14,500 annual jobs and 147,300 total jobs in 2026.

What do Machine Tool Operators Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Machine Tool Operators ranged from $26,140 to $63,570 with $40,380 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $12.57 to $30.56. The median hourly rate was $19.41.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $18.83 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.58.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Machine Tool Operators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Machine Tool Operators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,490 $39,120
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,320 $44,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 990 $42,780
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 920 $37,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 800 $39,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 360 $49,520
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 260 $44,870
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 190 $41,010
Stockton-Lodi, CA 110 $44,050
Fresno, CA 110 $39,590
Modesto, CA 50 $38,230
Visalia-Porterville, CA 30 $37,310
Chico, CA 30 $39,210

Top States for Machine Tool Operators Employment

View the list below to see where most Machine Tool Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Ohio 13,910 $40,400
Pennsylvania 12,280 $38,800
California 12,220 $40,380
Wisconsin 11,540 $43,720
Texas 11,040 $39,800
Michigan 8,370 $39,320
Indiana 6,890 $38,000
Illinois 5,360 $37,330
Missouri 4,940 $38,180
New York 4,630 $37,740
North Carolina 4,050 $37,890
Minnesota 3,310 $44,080
Oklahoma 3,140 $38,310
New Hampshire 3,090 $43,000
South Carolina 2,880 $43,530
Connecticut 2,830 $47,400
Florida 2,480 $37,270
Tennessee 2,450 $37,460
New Jersey 2,430 $44,850
Massachusetts 2,420 $49,790

Below are the states where Machine Tool Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Washington $59,100
Massachusetts $49,790
North Dakota $47,870
Connecticut $47,400
Maine $47,050
New Jersey $44,850
Maryland $44,480
West Virginia $44,270
Minnesota $44,080
Louisiana $43,910

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