Machine Shop Manager Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Machine Shop Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Machine Shop Managers is $66K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $92K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Machine Shop Managers approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $19K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,385 - $93,708
(Median)
$43K
$66K
$94K
MEDIAN: $66,446
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50%
90%

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$15.83 - $32.21
(Median)
$16
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,385 - $93,708  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,392  
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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$39,310 - $91,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.83 - $32.21  
   
Overtime
$23.06 - $49.89  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,392  
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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$39,310 - $91,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Machine Shop Manager

A machine shop manager is a skilled tradesperson who oversees manufacturing processes for companies such as steel mills, metal processors, and automotive, aerospace, and shipbuilding businesses. They need to read and understand mechanical drawings and blueprints, as well as meet with other department heads to ensure that a company's productivity goals are met. Additionally, machine shop managers are expected to understand and implement company policies, including quality control and safety plans. They motivate, teach, and schedule subordinates to meet company processing and manufacturing goals. As such, they should posses strong interpersonal and leadership skills. They are generally expected to write and submit evaluations of subordinates, as well as issue rewards and discipline. If an injury takes place, a machine job manager must write a report and file it through the proper channels.

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Machine Shop Manager Tasks

  • Upgrade and maintain machinery, order parts, and ensure repair records are kept up to date.
  • Train employees in the proper use of equipment, enforce safety regulations, assign tasks, and oversee employees’ work.
  • Supervise and coordinate activity in a machine shop, and make sure operations are carried out efficiently and safely.
  • Interpret blueprints and develop plans for how to complete a project.

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Survey results suggest that Machine Shop Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in CNC Process Engineering, Operations Management, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CAD/CAM and Precision Machining. It is not unusual for someone who knows CAD/CAM to be familiar with CNC/NC as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Machine Shop Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Machine Shop Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Machine Shop Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Machine Shop Manager Salaries

CNC Process Engineering
up arrow 14%

Operations Management
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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