Cutter Operator Salary
A sizeable majority of Cutter Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.86 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Cutter Operator
Cutter operators usually work for businesses which provide printing services to clients. These operators use various paper joggers and properly align and organize documents so they can be fed into other machines for cutting, binding, and/or hole-punching. They are also responsible for mailing, shipping, and printing documents, either manually or using specific machines.Read More...
Cutter operators must be able to troubleshoot minor machine issues and call authorized repairmen if necessary, and they are typically responsible for monitoring assigned machines during each cut to ensure that documents adhere to their specifications. Occasional adjustments to machines may be necessary, and they must always follow safety guidelines established by their employers and report workplace hazards to management immediately.
Cutter operators may follow instruction manuals when using various machines and perform routine maintenance in accordance with these manuals. Computer skills are often necessary in this position, as these machines are highly computerized, and they must ensure that all instruments, equipment, work stations, and tools are in proper working order at all times. They should be able to work with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment, and occasional overtime work may be necessary to meet deadlines. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some may also be responsible for training new cutter operators.
Cutter Operator Tasks
- Manage pallets, product conveyance and update inventory.
- Inspect products and materials, identify problems and troubleshoot solutions.
- Operate cutting and trimming equipment to produce uniform products.
- Maintain and repair cutting equipment, such as replacing blades.
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Pay by Experience Level for Cutter Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Cutter Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $33K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.