Men represent the vast majority of Machine Builders in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.24 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,726 - $62,510
(Median)
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$45K
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MEDIAN: $45,000
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$13.47 - $25.53
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$45,000  
   
Bonus
$875  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,874 - $61,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $36.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$875  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,874 - $61,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Machine Builder

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


For many Machine Builders, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Machine Builders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Machine Builders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

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Experience Affects Machine Builder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Machine Builder Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

Precision Machining
up arrow 6%

Welding
up arrow 7%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 8%

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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