Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.70 per hour nationwide. In the world of Machinist Set Up Operators, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $60K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,108 - $59,395
(Median)
$34K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,156
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$12.55 - $24.13
(Median)
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$34,108 - $59,395  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,456  
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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$28,398 - $59,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $24.13  
   
Overtime
$18.24 - $35.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $6,456  
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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$28,398 - $59,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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Job Description for Machinist Set Up Operator

A machinist set up operator is responsible for the set up and maintenance of the machine(s) for which they are responsible. This includes such tasks as being able to start or restart the equipment after there has been a power interruption, as well as conducting new new start-ups. The operator should have an in-depth knowledge for the equipment to troubleshoot and fix a variety of errors. The ability to interpret and translate 2D and 3D engineering designs - as well as the ability to read machine program codes - are necessary as well. Machinist set up operators must have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as the physical ability to operate and repair machines; this may include sitting, standing, walking, bending, and stretching. These operators may work all three shifts during any days of the week. This position is generally full time and takes place in an indoor manufacturing environment.

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Machinist Set Up Operator Tasks

  • Measure, examine, and test completed units to detect defects and ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Detect malfunctions or out-of-tolerance machining and adjust machine controls as necessary.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.

Common Career Paths for Machinist Set Up Operator


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Though it's uncommon, some Machinist Set Up Operators move into roles as Manufacturing Production Managers, where pay is an average $62K per year. Becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or a Manufacturing Production Supervisor is, however, a more typical career progression for Machinist Set Up Operators.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Survey results suggest that Machinist Set Up Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know CNC/NC also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Machinist Set Up Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Machinist Set Up Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Machinist Set Up Operators, 20 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+7 percent) and Milwaukee (+7 percent).

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
up arrow 11%

Precision Machining
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

CNC/NC
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 18%
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