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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary

Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.59 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Machinist Set Up Operators stretch from $28K on the lower end to $59K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Machinist Set Up Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,744 - $61,793
(Median)
$34K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,256
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90%

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$12.57 - $23.70
(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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,744 - $61,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $3,156  
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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$28,051 - $58,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $23.70  
   
Overtime
$18.28 - $35.45  
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 - $2,049  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $3,156  
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).
)
$28,051 - $58,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628

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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 Machinist Set Up Operators do not often become Manufacturing Production Managers, the job pays $62K per year on average. A more common career path for Machinist Set Up Operators is stepping into the role of Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer or Manufacturing Production Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator


Survey results imply that Machinist Set Up Operators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Editing, Precision Machining, Blueprints, and CNC/NC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Machinist Set Up Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Machinist Set Up Operators make a median salary of $43K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $49K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Machinist Set Up Operators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Machinist Set Up Operators will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+8 percent) and Milwaukee (+3 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 12%


Blueprints
up arrow 4%

CNC/NC
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Machine Operation
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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
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 17%