Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the in the United States, bringing in about $17.68 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to around one third. The majority of Machinist Set Up Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (?
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$30,220 - $59,241
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MEDIAN: $40,208
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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (?
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$12.55 - $23.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,220 - $59,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,399  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $6,000  
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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$28,113 - $58,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.55 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$18.15 - $35.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,399  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $6,000  
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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$28,113 - $58,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 818
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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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While not commonly found, Machinist Set Up Operators who move on to become Manufacturing Production Managers bring in an additional $20K annually. However, becoming a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer or Production Supervisor, Manufacturing is a more frequent transition for Machinist Set Up Operators.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator

Machinist Set Up Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Precision Machining, Machine Operation, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.
In most cases, Machinist Set Up Operators can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries fall in the $34K range but grow to $41K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Machinist Set Up Operators tend to earn $47K at this point in time. The largest number of Machinist Set Up Operators have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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For those looking to make money, Machinist Set Up Operators in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+11 percent).

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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

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$41,000

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
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$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 18%