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.

$19,797 - $54,248
(Median)
$20K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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$10.95 - $20.03
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$11
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,797 - $54,248  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,340 - $45,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.95 - $20.03  
   
Overtime
$14.82 - $31.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,340 - $45,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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.

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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.

Cutter Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Cutter Operator?

Cutter Operator in Denver:
"Foam cutter."
Pros: There is not a lot of competition in the market. Nor is there a much competition for jobs.
Cons: It stinks, it's dirty, requires a lot of labor to move and position large blocks of foam. It also requires a lot of space to store inventory.

Cutter Operator in Watertown:
"Cutter summary."
Pros: Being able to self manage my day instead of having a supervisor micro manage what I do and when I do it.
Cons: The pay isn't what it should be and the equipment is very old and finicky.

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Experience Affects Cutter Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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