Male Machine Builders number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.08 per hour in the United States. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Machine Builders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,000 - $62,510
$58K
MEDIAN: $58,183
50%

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$13.55 - $25.45
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.08
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$58,183  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$30,564 - $61,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $36.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$295.90 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$30,564 - $61,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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Job Description for Machine Builder

Machine builders are generally responsible for building and/or assembling machinery, typically in the manufacturing industry. They are also tasked with repairing these machines, and this work is labor-intensive and often requires working with fire or rough and heavy materials. Strict adherence to safety standards is also important.

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Machine Builder Tasks

  • Assemble mechanical devices including mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.
  • Test, troubleshoot, and inspect assembled products for defects.
  • Complete paperwork such as work orders, forms and checklists associated with assembly of device.
  • Pull parts from inventory to assemble device.
  • Read and interpret process documentation, drawings, prints, diagrams, and/or schematics.

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Pay by Experience Level for Machine Builder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Machine Builders. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. For Machine Builders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Machine Builders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

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Key Stats for Machine Builder

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Machine Builder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Machine Builder Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 4%

Precision Machining
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 8%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 10%

Machining
up arrow 20%

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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