Machine Shop Manager Salary

The majority of Machine Shop Managers in the United States — nearly three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $40K to $93K per year, and the median is $66K per year. In the world of Machine Shop Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $93K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $19K, respectively. Although more than half have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Machine Shop Managers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,925 - $92,292
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$92K
MEDIAN: $66,447
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90%

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$16.59 - $31.70
(Median)
$17
$23
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,925 - $92,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $18,548  
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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$40,373 - $92,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.59 - $31.70  
   
Overtime
$23.79 - $48.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $18,548  
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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$40,373 - $92,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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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Machine Shop Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, CNC Process Engineering, Project Management, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CAD/CAM and Precision Machining. Competency in CAD/CAM frequently indicates knowledge of CNC/NC.

Pay by Experience Level for Machine Shop Manager

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


For Machine Shop Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. On average, Machine Shop Managers make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $72K.

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Experience Affects Machine Shop Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Machine Shop Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 16%

CNC Process Engineering
up arrow 13%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
0%

National Average
$63,000

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 26%
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