Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.41 per hour. Total cash compensation to Machinist Set Up Operators bottoms out near $27K and approaches $58K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,291 - $70,585
$28K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,390
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$12.39 - $23.95
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MEDIAN: $17.41
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$0$70K
Salary $28,291 - $70,585
Bonus $360.65 - $5,481
Profit Sharing $372.48 - $4,085
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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$26,986 - $58,006
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $12.39 - $23.95
Overtime $18.39 - $35.65
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $360.65 - $5,481
Profit Sharing $372.48 - $4,085
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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$26,986 - $58,006
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,055

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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

  • Calculate dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments.
  • Select, align, and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, and materials on machines.
  • Operate various types of machine tools to perform progressive machining.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Machinist Set Up Operator


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Machinist Set Up Operators who transition into a Manufacturing Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $63K per year. Machinist Set Up Operators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Manufacturing Production Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Machinist Set Up Operators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Editing, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, Precision Machining, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include set up. Those proficient in CNC/NC are, more often than not, also skilled in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Machinist Set Up Operator

Pay by Experience for a Machinist Set Up Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Machinist Set Up Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 452 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Machinist Set Up Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Machinist Set Up Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 258 salaries. A Machinist Set Up Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 183 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,192

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Machinist Set Up Operators, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Everett (+25 percent), Detroit (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester. Employers in San Diego and Wichita also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Machinist Set Up Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Machinist Set Up Operator?

Machinist Set Up Operator in Martinsville:
"Fast paced, hot."
Pros: The people work together.
Cons: The building is hot.

Machinist Set Up Operator in Wichita:
"Easy."
Pros: It keeps me busy and is not hard on my health and body.
Cons: Dealing with chemical waist on a daily basis.

Machinist Set Up Operator in Willoughby:
"I've continued to progress with high efficiency."
Pros: The oppertunity to advance and participate in the advancement of a large company.
Cons: Mostly the progression of my pay.

Machinist Set Up Operator in Elkhart:
"Bizarre."
Pros: Fifty cent pay per hour more for working late shift.
Cons: Poor management.

Machinist Set Up Operator in Oak Hill:
"Carbide cutting solutions."
Pros: Very safe work environment good benefits.
Cons: Working around woman all day long.

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Key Stats for Machinist Set Up Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 195 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

Editing
▲16%




Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲3%

▲2%

Setup
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$39,000

Team Leadership
▼1%


set up
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 19%
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