Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Machine Builders who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $41K. Machine Builders bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.