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Machine Tool Operators in Colorado

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

21.1% Jobs Projection
$42,440 Median Salary
120 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Machine Tool Operators in Colorado is growing faster than average.

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

How Many Machine Tool Operators Work in Colorado?

There were approximately 860 workers employed as Machine Tool Operators in this state in 2018.

There were 870 Machine Tool Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 10 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Colorado

Jobs for Machine Tool Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 21.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 1.1%.


Colorado Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 120 annual Machine Tool Operators job openings in Colorado, and 1,090 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Machine Tool Operators Make in Colorado?

In 2018 wages for Machine Tool Operators ranged from $28,250 to $62,510 with $42,440 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.58 to $30.05. The median hourly rate was $20.41.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.04 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.37.

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


Top Colorado 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
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 300 $44,030
Fort Collins, CO 110 $44,120
Boulder, CO 100 $39,510

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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