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Machinist Set Up Operator Salary (United States)

Most Machinist Set Up Operators in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $17.68 per hour,. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Machinist Set Up Operators spread between $28K and $58K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,220 - $59,241
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MEDIAN: $40,208
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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 Machinist Set Up Operators do not often become Manufacturing Production Managers, the job usually pays $61K per year. More often, however, Machinist Set Up Operators go on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers or Production Supervisor, Manufacturings.

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Popular Skills for Machinist Set Up Operator

Machinist Set Up Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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 skilled in CNC/NC are similarly competent in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. On average, Machinist Set Up Operators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Machinist Set Up Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $47K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Machinist Set Up Operators typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Machinist Set Up Operators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 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

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Machinist Set Up Operator Salaries

CNC/NC
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$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%