As an employer, do you pay based on experience, knowledge or on what they can produce in YOUR business.
The term machinist is tossed around so often that it has become almost meaningless...
In Europe a machinist is almost always someone who has had basic training and education at a technical school or college. During that period they are apprentices.
Could be I'm wrong but I think too many companies in the USA only train employees in what is useful or necessary to them.
That's the best way to get cheap Labour.