Machine Builder Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Machine Builders earn an average of $19.53 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,524 - $62,188
(Median)
$38K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,897
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90%

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$13.19 - $24.96
(Median)
$13
$20
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$37,524 - $62,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
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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$30,587 - $62,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $24.96  
   
Overtime
$17.37 - $36.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
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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$30,587 - $62,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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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Machine Builders report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Precision Machining, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Welding and Industrial Hydraulics.

Pay by Experience Level for Machine Builder

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.

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Experience Affects Machine Builder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Machine Builder Salaries

Precision Machining
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

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

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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